View Full Version : Sliding Across the Tripyramids - 8/28/2010

08-28-2010, 10:19 PM
Last week when we were sitting on the summit of Osceola staring at all the beautiful mountains that surrounded us my eye kept getting drawn to the North Tripyramid Slide. Sure looked like a great climb. Figured we'd have to do that one soon. Today was the day.

I had the privilege of being accompanied by four lovely ladies for today's hike - Natalie, Val, Judy and Emma. It couldn't have been a better day to be in the mountains! After a pre-dawn departure from RI and a stop to pick up Val we were at the Livermore trailhead at 8:30 and ready to roll. The air was cool and clear and the sky was that almost-autumn blue. After a nice walk up Livermore we found ourselves at the start of the slabs on the North Slide. This was the first time on the Tripyramids for Nat and I and although Val, Judy and Emma had done them numerous times none of them had ever been up the slide. First times for everything....

The hike up the slide was AWESOME! After getting by the slick slabs at the bottom everyone got comfortable and we all enjoyed the gorgeous views. Lots of other folks (and dogs) on the trail today too. At the top of the slide we followed the obvious path - which turned out not to be the trail but more of an "interesting" bushwhack. A few scrapes later we were on North summit.

The walk across the summits was beautiful. This is a really nice walk and the soft paths were definitely a welcome change from the slide. All too quickly we were at the top of the South Slide and on our way down. We enjoyed the way down and managed to avoid any serious slide surfing. With the cool green woods waiting at the bottom (and the brook for Emma) it was a nice walk back out and a great end to a great day. Couldn't have asked for a better hike or a greater group of people (and dog) to have shared it with.

Emma heading up Livermore Rd

Getting to the slide

Osceola vistas

Steep on the slide

Judy getting the best of the slide

Almost on top

Nat gets a visitor

Great views

Nat and I on Middle Tripyramid for #21

Down the South Slide

Finally - a place to cool off!

Some signs of fall coming!!!

Complete album here: http://picasaweb.google.com/mtruman42/Tripyramids82810#

08-28-2010, 11:39 PM
Mark, your pictures are incredible! I can't even tell you how jealous I am - looks like an unbelievable day in the Whites...wish I could be there at this time of year.

Thank for sharing

08-29-2010, 08:27 AM
The hike up the slide was AWESOME!
Nice one Mark! It appears to me that the entire trek was pretty darn AWESOME!

Thanks for sharing your adventure and for some very delightful photos!

Snow Miser
08-30-2010, 07:34 AM
That does look like an awesome hike Mark! The five a you certainly had a great day to be out there. Thanks for the very nice report and photos.

08-30-2010, 12:20 PM
Oh my god, those slides look amazing, but I think they would freak me out! I see middle Tri was your #21- Lafayette was my #21 this weekend too! Great weekend for it for sure! Nice pics!

08-30-2010, 10:06 PM
Thanks all.

ow2010 - Hate to make anyone jealous. I know how it feels looking at others TRs when we aren't there. Wish we could all be there every weekend...

John - You're so right - it was ALL pretty awesome

Bob - Hope you have the same next weekend. You can grab the Tripyramids sometime in the future. For now Franconia Ridge is a GREAT choice.

Addicted - the slides were indeed amazing. Don't be sure that they'd freak you out though. I'm not good with heights but there wasn't anywhere that I was uncomfortable on either slide. We had a ball! Congrats on your #21. We've both got 27 more great rides for the future (and who knows how many more after that)...

08-31-2010, 08:43 AM

Awesome TR and shots. I've heard the North slide is tough on that mountain. How did Emma do on the hike up? Was she able to maneuver the slide well?

I've always thought about trying out the Tripyramids..and now you've helped me find my route when I do.

Great photos and it looks like it was a great day.


KD Talbot
08-31-2010, 03:21 PM
Emma did well. There has been a long lay-off for her this spring/summer due to a rear leg injury, but she moved well and had no after effects except normal fatigue the next day. We are very happy that she has progressed this well as we were very worried that she might be winding down her mountain career.

Just some thoughts on the Tripyramids: Having foolishly descended the North Slide in the rain one day, I would not recommend it as a descent route even in good weather, but everyone needs to use their own judgement as to what they're comfortable with and consider the comfort level of others in their group. I definitely recommend a route up the North Slide and down the South Slide as I feel this is the easiest traverse on the first time for the slides, then people can make their own judgements for return trips.

Another thing to note is that when ascending the North Slide the actual trail enters the woods on the east (Left) side of the trail about 3/4s of the way up and then winds through woods to the summit and junction with the Pine Bend Brook Trail. If you continue on the slide past this you will reach the summit along a herd path, but it is not the trail and should be avoided to prevent erosion if at all possible.

The other thing to note is that Scaur Ridge Trail is an excellent alternative to the North Slide whether to ascend or descend and avoids the North Slide altogether.

Many do a loop from the Kanc using Pine Bend Brook and Sabbaday Brook Trails with a road walk either at the beginning (my preferred) or end of the day.


08-31-2010, 07:13 PM
Almost to the halfway mark!

You are doing it in style.

Wonderful images.

September and October are my favorite hiking months. Can't wait to get up there!

Thanks for the motivation.

08-31-2010, 08:04 PM
Kevin is right on all counts:

Emma had no problem on the slide either up or down (except for having to wait for the slow humans) :)

I would absolutely NEVER go down the North Slide in the wet and moreover, not at all (up was lots of fun but don't think I'd want to do that in the wet either)

I have first had experience with the herd path as we all missed the turn into the woods and took this "interesting bushwhack". There's a picture of Nat emerging from it near the summit in the album. Definitely a good idea to avoid.

Karl - you're going to love it!

Doug - we hope to get back a couple of more times this fall at least. Maybe we'll find you on a mountain. It's been known to happen... ;)