Peak(s):  West Trinity  -  13,765 feet
Trinity Pk  -  13,805 feet
East Trinity  -  13,745 feet
Post Date:  09/15/2011
Modified:  01/20/2014
Date Climbed:   09/04/2011
Posted By:  benners

 Labor Day Weekend in the Grenadiers: The Trinity Traverse   

TR here:


  • Comments or Questions
Joe W

Great photos     09/16/2011 00:44
Congratulations on some fine peaks.The photos are outstanding!!!


awesome!     09/16/2011 00:52
I'll only looked at the (Awesome) pictures, but I'll be back to read this one for sure!
Nice work in there! Glad the weather worked out. When I was in there 6 years ago, it rained every day (and we were in there for 4 days out of a 6 day bp/climbing trip), so we only got Wham and Arrow.
Trinities will be there when I have time...


Spectacular     09/16/2011 02:29
Absolutely spectacular...


Dude!     09/16/2011 02:33
Dude... sweet.... period


What he said...     09/16/2011 07:00
I don't think I can put it better than our cow bell yielding friend Barry just did. Sweet.


I was waiting for this one     09/16/2011 07:44
You sure didn't dissapoint!! thanks for sharing excellent beta!


Great Photos     09/16/2011 15:10
Looks like you guys had one heck of a weekend down there.


Mmmmm. Zatarain's.     09/16/2011 16:00
Great read and visuals, Ben.
I hear you had quite the assortment of food--sorry to hear you didn't get to enjoy it all.


Ben, you are one tough guy....     09/16/2011 16:18
I know you're quite a bit younger than Kevin & I, and therefore a little more resilient, but to pull off this traverse after a full night of illness and practically no sleep is nothing short of incredible. So glad we were able to make the Trinities after coming so close to mailing it in.

Thanks for putting together both of the TRs. Vestal basin somehow feels like a long time ago already, but your excellent write-up brings back all the memories. This trip was the highlight of my summer. Just an amazing place and great company.


Terrific Read and Photos!     09/16/2011 17:01
Vestal Basin is one of those areas you never get tired of seeing/reading about. Ben, when the helicopter drops you off, don't mind the bones and empty 12-pak. That's just me 30 years earlier.


Awesome!     09/16/2011 21:07
Going big in the Grenadiers. Thanks for an excellent writeup of a beautiful trip.


Love the shots of Pigeon     09/17/2011 02:39
One fine loooking peak. I, too , love to lay in the grass and reminicse, specially in basins like the Grenadiers. Love that shot of ”Kevin and Sarah high on the West Ridge”. Guidebook worthy.

Sarah - I know all too well of Ben's perseverence. The man doesn't believe in sleep sometimes.

Kevin - I will kick your ass in tennis. Bring it.


Sigh!     09/17/2011 18:13


wow     09/18/2011 15:05
Another one for my unofficial list. Fantastic photos and report. Congrats to all.


Been waiting ...     09/19/2011 14:04
For this report. 8) Don't you just love that traverse! It just looks so badass, but then you get on it and it goes so well ... gives one a great sense of accomplishment. Great shots and love seeing ”scrambling Sarah” and her smiling face. Thanks for posting. Happy trails!


Front page of Summitpost...     09/19/2011 19:12
The night before The Trinity Traverse, I helplessly listened to my partner get sick basically all night long. And for him to dig deep on summit day and pull it off...

If anyone sees any more grit and determination than that down the road, give me a call.


Re:     09/19/2011 19:34
Thanks for the kind comments!

Matt, I doubt I'll ever be able to eat Zatarans again. The best tasting food item I had up in that basin by far was Kevin and Sarah's Gordons.

GDThomas, haha, I can't think of a better way to go out!

Presto, yeah it really does look harder than it is. One of the more fun traverses I've had the privilege of hitting to date.

Kevin/Sarah, you guys are too kind. I think on a less-commiting, less-expensive trip I would have called it quits and laid around all day. But being all the way up in that basin with good weather and good partners, I didn't feel like letting a bag of rice rob the group of the Trinities . Highlight of the summer, I agree whole heartedly.

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