View Full Version : North and Middle Tripyramid, Aug. 8, 2009

08-09-2009, 11:12 AM
Cut and pasted from our hiking blog, http://trishandalex.blogspot.com
Accompanying pictures can be found there.

Livermore Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail (loop).

11 miles.

We're almost finished the list! This was our second-to-last hike before we reach the end of our quest.

MadRiver, Susan, and happyhiker were to join us today. We arrived ahead of our hiking companions and got an early start on the trail, knowing the others would catch up with us before we reached the north slide.

Alex was in a good mood as we began. The Livermore Trail is flat and easy, and we enjoyed each other's company as we walked along the scenic trail.

Alex saw this tree and thought it looked like a giant with a ponytail. She snapped a photo before we continued on our way.

We reached the first intersection with the Mt. Tripyramid trail. This leads toward the south slide and loops over the peaks in a counter-clockwise direction. Our plan was to stay on the Livermore Trail until we reached the second intersection -- and then head toward the north slide and go over the peaks in a clockwise direction. Therefore, we did not yet take leave of the Livermore Trail...but we did sit down for a while and take a water/snack break.

After we felt rested, we continued on our way. The Livermore Trail remained flat and scenic.

Alex noticed an interesting tree and took its picture.

Our hiking companions caught up with us just before we reached the second intersection with the Mt. Tripyramid Trail.

More water and snacks, then we headed toward the north slide.

Along the way, another interesting bit of nature prompted another photo.

We soon reached the beginning of the slide.

The climb became trickier as bigger, smoother slabs of rock replaced the smaller boulders. Happyhiker and MadRiver went ahead of us, agreeing to meet us at the top of the slide. Susan hung back, and the three of us ascended slowly and carefully. It was sometimes difficult to find handholds, but we managed.

We stopped often along the way to rest....

...and to take in the views...

...and to sometimes look down to admire how far we'd ascended.

Finally, the top of the slide was in sight...a bit more scrambling to go...

...and we made it. More appreciation of the views were in order.

Alex was quiet and grumpy. She was angry with me for saying something out loud that she considered private. We shared a few minutes of mother-daughter attitude, and then both our moods softened as we rested and enjoyed the views and the company of our hiking companions.

A few snacks later, we continued up the remaining 0.2 miles toward the official North Tripyramid (wooded) summit.

Number #45 in the bag.

Both our moods were now greatly improved, and we ambled on over to Middle Tripyramid.

Number #46 in the bag.

This summit had a nice little view eastward.

From here, we went on to South Tripyramid...which isn't included in the 4K list. However, we had to go over it to continue along the loop back to the Livermore Trail.

The peak was wooded, with a pathetic little cairn adorning its high point.

A steep 0.2 miles down (with Alex singing The Farmer in the Dell while she descended), and we were at the top of the South Slide.

More views!

Down we went.

Alex was in a chipper mood, and I joined her in song during our descent. (To the tune of Go Tell It on the Mountain): "No sliding down the mountain...over the cliffs and down into the trees.....No sliding down the mountain....Or you won't get your patch..."

Once descended, we breathed a collective sigh of relief. Hooray for the return of flat trail!

I think someone slipped my child some espresso somewhere along the way, because she wanted to run, jump and holler all the way back to the car. She scampered along, me reigning her in at times to make sure she didn't trip over rocks.

Eventually we made it back to the Livermore Trail. Alex jogged along with happyhiker for a long while, then would alternate between walking and running. She easily kept up with all the fast-paced adults.

And then....down she went, falling on a flat section of trail., scraping up the palm of her hand. I doctored her up a bit, then took a picture to document the tragedy.

Now our pace slowed tremendously as Alex was finally showing signs of fatigue. The other adults hiked ahead, continuing their former pace. I stayed with Alex, and we took our time returning to the trailhead.

Thanks happyhiker, MadRiver, and Susan for the fine company.

Two more to go!

Snow Miser
08-09-2009, 01:42 PM
Very nice TR and photos. It looked like it was a beautiful day. Thanks for sharing.

Good luck on the final two! Which ones do you have left to summit?

08-09-2009, 01:49 PM
Thanks, Snow Miser.

We have Flume and Moosilauke left. Our plan is to finish on Moosilauke August 29.

08-09-2009, 04:53 PM
Another awesome hike, TR and pics Trish. You guys were definitely blessed with a great day for this one - the views are amazing. Hard to believe that you're down to the last two already. Hope that you have equally great days for Flume and Moosilauke!

08-09-2009, 07:40 PM
Wonderful T/R and pictures! I've heard about the slides on the Tripyramids, but never seen them in photos. Tim has mentioned that he wants to do them, so it is good for me to have an idea of what I'm getting into.

Congratulations on 46 - the last two are both wonderful mountains! Enjoy!


08-09-2009, 11:40 PM
Mark and Valerie, thank you!!

08-10-2009, 07:45 AM
Wow another fantastic trip report and incredable pictures. It looks like you all had a perfect day to hike. You have an incredable daughter. When you both finish the 48 will Alex be the youngest to have done all 48? Thanks for sharing.

08-10-2009, 02:39 PM
Hi Chris, thanks for your kind words.

Alex will not be the youngest -- the records say the youngest was a 4 1/2 year old boy.

However, she may be the youngest female, and she may be the youngest to include winter ascents.

Snow Miser
08-10-2009, 03:07 PM
Alex will not be the youngest -- the records say the youngest was a 4 1/2 year old boy.

However, she may be the youngest female, and she may be the youngest to include winter ascents.

And even she doesn't break any records, it will be a phenomenal achievement for a person her age.

08-10-2009, 03:13 PM
And even she doesn't break any records, it will be a phenomenal achievement for a person her age.

Absolutley without a dought. I can only wish to have the stamina like Alex does. Plus just think when she is a teen she definetly has bragging rights to tell her friends.It has been very enjoyable reading all the reports Trish has wrote about their hikes. Trish also needs a big congradulations not only for doing the 48 herself but also for encuraging Alex.

08-10-2009, 03:49 PM
Bob and Chris,

Thanks. It was Alex's goal to finish before she turns seven. If all goes as planned, she'll finish on August 29. On that day, she will be 6 years, 8 months, and one day old. I've told her she won't be the youngest, and that she MIGHT (but I'm not sure) be the youngest girl. SHe thought that was fine, but what she really wants is to just finish before turning seven. I'm pretty sure she'll be able to do that. :)

As for bragging rights -- funny, she tries to share her adventures, but kids her age have no clue what she's talking about. The adults kind of do, but they don't care all that much (unless they're also hikers). I'm always trying to find kids who like to hike, so that as she grows she can have child buddies who share her interests.

rockin rex
08-10-2009, 04:20 PM
Trish we have to get a hike together between Alex and Madison. Are you set on the 29th for your final summit?? I spoke with Madison and he would like to be up there to celebrate with you and Alex. I think I am going to schedule a trip with Madison that weekend to come up and be there to congradulate you folks. I have a place Madison and I can stay in Lincoln so the climb is real close. I can't believe it is your last 48 already. I have been following your climbs since the first one. I think you writing a book is a great idea. I am first in line for a copy. Did you ever here of Cindy Ross? She is a friend of mine and has written many books on hiking with her children. Her books are really outstanding. I really think you would enjoy Cindy's books.

08-10-2009, 05:02 PM
Rockin' rex, we would be very happy to meet you and Madison. I sincerely hope you will come!

MadRiver over on VFTT and RocksonTop is kindly throwing us a party afterward. You would also be more than welcome to go to that. His place is in Thornton (not far from Lincoln or the Moose).

Jimmy Legs and Little d
08-14-2009, 03:40 PM
You are soooo close now. Getting anxious. Are you hiking this weekend?
And if so, will you and Alex take the Osseo Trail or Liberty-Flume Slide Trail to summit Flume? From past experience, I would suggest Osseo; its longer but a more enjoyable trail depending on what you are looking for.
Little D:)

08-14-2009, 05:14 PM
Hi, no, not hiking this weekend.

Don't yet know which route we're taking. Originally, Alex wanted to do the Flume Slide. Now, after the slides on the Tripyramids and the Owl's Head slide, she says she's ready for "normal" trail again. I'll leave it up to her which way we go.

I've heard many good things about the Osseo Trail, so if we go that route, I'm sure we'll enjoy it.