Ascent of The Triplets on 2017-11-21

Climber: Ryan Rex

Date:Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Triplets
    Elevation:6351 ft / 1935 m

Ascent Trip Report

Haha. I was going to leave a note that this peak definitely has more than 300 of prominence, but I saw that the Climber who last logged an ascent prior to mine already made that observation. Did as part of a loop: lost peak, lost teton, triple traverse west to east. I was playing around with the idea of doing the fin and pt of compassion, but when I got down to the base of the fin I decided I was ready to go back to the car instead of have to turn my brain back on to get up the 4th class north ridge. Haha. Save it for another dayother observations from the peaks: the north ridge of lost is kind of head scratching for being rated ‘class 2’. I poked around at the crux for a while before I figured out to go right out onto the slabs. Descended the s ridge, which was way mellower, standard class 2/3, and more solid rock, less of a choss fest. Lost teton was a quick throw in, went up the south side, then onto the triplets. First triplet was easy, gully that is northwest facing offers easy access to the first triplet (west triplet). Descending to middle triplet was thoughtful but the exposure was just a slide down a steep hillside of side, so not that bad. I dropped off the north ridge of the peak and traversed below the summit to the east to get to the saddle with middle triplet. The middle was for sure the crux. Both ascending and descending. On ascent, I found a shallow corner thing that was on the west ridge, but south facing, so you can’t see it from the west triplet. It was a shallow crack next to a slab. Felt fifth class, and I was glad to be up it. Descending the east side of middle was also tricky. Don’t go to far south, cliffs out. Descend to the west-north west , down some sketchy crumbly ledges. Holy choss they were crumbly. Broke every other ledge I stepped on. One of the ledges broke off and smashed my pinky, started bleeding everywhere. Luckily, the route up the east triplet was straightforward. There’s an obvious chimney thing, you have to kind of badly jam/mantel out of it, but not really exposed. Descending off the east side of the tallest triplet was thankfully easy and straightforward. Much easier than descending the middle triplet. Car to car was 4:20. Left at 12:40, got back to car right before 5. One other administrative note: the east triplet is a solid 100 feet higher than the others. And the west triplet is the second highest, elevations and prominences in peakbagger are all messed up
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2000 ft / 609 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2000 ft / 609 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Start Trailhead:4351 ft / 1326 m
Descent Statistics

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