Ascent of West Sleeper on 2007-08-12

Climber: Scott Cockrell

Date:Sunday, August 12, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:West Sleeper
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3881 ft / 1182 m

Ascent Trip Report

I missed the entrance to the Kate Sleeper trail on my way up the slide and wound up going almost all the way to the summit of S. Tripyramid. The trail is marked with a very old unpainted sign that is a few feet back in the woods, and there is a small double-headed arrow on a rock in the slide -- but the slide is wide at that point, and I must have been towards the left. If you ever are following the same route, stay towards the right when you get towards the top of the slide. There are a few very small cairns on the slide, and they seem to be above the exit, so that is a way to know if you miss it. Another thing to know is the Kate Sleeper trail goes to the right and crosses another slide. There are a few blue marks and cairns to mark the route across the slide. Coming from the first (western) slide, stay to the right and follow a little path to the right separated from the main slide. When you emerge on the main slide, there is one blue mark you can see -- and the path across the slide is pretty much a straight line through that mark. There is a very rough sign on a tree on the opposite side of the slide, which is visible from above. From there the trail to W. Sleeper is easy. The AMC book says the summit is above 30 yards from the trail. It is thick woods, of course, but there was a little herd path just at the height of land -- I followed it for what seemed to be 30 yards and found two trees about 3 feet apart with a little extra dirt between them. I climbed up there, and everything around seemed to be lower. Not the most satisfying summit, but we have to take what the mountain gives us.
Summary Total Data
    Route:S. Tripyramid slide
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes

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