Peak(s):  Arrow Pk  -  13,803 feet
"West Trinity"  -  13,765 feet
"East Trinity"  -  13,745 feet
Trinity Pk  -  13,805 feet
Storm King Pk  -  13,752 feet
Silex, Mt  -  13,628 feet
Guardian, The  -  13,617 feet
Seven, Pk  -  13,682 feet
Six, Pk  -  13,705 feet
One, Pk  -  13,589 feet
Date Posted:  08/30/2017
Date Climbed:   08/15/2017
Author:  Stratosfearsome
 Shining Seas of Scree   

+ White Dome (13,627ft)

Return to the Grenadier

I left Boulder July 10th in my 1997 Jeep and headed south for 44 days of Bicentennial bagging. This specific trip was the third and final backpack into the glorious Weminuche wilderness. In all, I climbed 60 bicentennial 13ers and ten more peaks above 13k. I am still riding the wave of my summer dream and here is a glimpse into my mountain life, two weeks ago...

Molas Pass TH. Thirty-five pound pack with Tent, four days of food, kindle, camp shoes, essentials etc.

8-15-17 Tuesday: Leave Molas TH and backpack in to camp at Vestal Lake @ ~ 12,200ft. Set up base camp a few hundred feet North of the Lake on a grassy ledge. Take it easy today, read Chernow's "Alexander Hamilton" biography, drink green tea, and wolf Mac & Cheese.

250ft NW of Vestal Lake

Vestal Lake House

8-16-17: Arrow and Trinity Trilogy

Starting up the main ramp to Arrow.

Just below that snow patch (for reference) step right, and get on a smaller, more western ramp.

Whammer shot.

West Trinity Summit looking east to Trinity.

Class 4 gully to attain Middle Trinity's upper slopes. Very Solid.

Lake 12,396 and Peak 3 in distance.

Looking back at West Trinity

East Trinity from Middle Trinity, easier than it looks. (Loose, yes.)

Look back at descent from Middle Trinity.

The kind of day I live for.

Traversing below Trinities back to Camp

8-17-17: Orbit of Balsam Lake: Storm King, Silex, The Guardian, Peak 7, Peak 6.

Silex from Storm King's SW ridge around 13k

Final slopes up S.K.

Wild Weminuche

Storm King Summit

Silex "Lake" Screeeeeeee traverse.

S.K from Silex. F yea!

S.K and Silex from The Guardian

Atop the Guardian

Vallecito Creek View

Decending W by SW off the Guardian (Leviathan Creek down there)

H20 Treatment time

Peak 7 from the East

Saw zero humans today. Peak 8 (Right)

Balsam Lake from Peak 7 summit ridge

Peak 6 as the snow flakes start to fall.

Peak 7 - 6 Ridge. Dropped off 50-75 feet on the east (left) for sand and rock ledges to get around spires. Class 3 with exposure. Perhaps 3+

Jagged is a snow magnet.

Visibility dropping, headed for fifth bicentennial of today.

Peak Six: Summit marmot stomping, an old Kelleher tradition.

Shameful selfie. (I know)

Passed through the Peak 5 - Peak 6 Saddle. Return to Vestal Basin.

Balsam Lake. 11.4k. Up to 12.8 at Vestal - W. Trinity Saddle.

I disengage and power up from Lake to Pass, out pacing the setting sun, if only for a little while.

8-18-17: Out across the open scree. Peak One and White Dome

Trinity Lake, over the pass at the upper (eastern) end of Vestal Basin

Headed up Peak One

Traverse to White Dome. Easy Class 2+

Look back at Grenadiers

Descending Peak One. Surf's up! Peak 3 & Peak 4

Vestal Versions

8-19-17: Cheeseburger Day Dreams.

Porch View

Climbers headed up.

I have a date with Maggie's in Ouray. A double date with cheese, and I swear I can see that delicious stack of beef, floating before my eyes like cartoon bait. I charge back up to Molas Pass from the Animas without stopping. Another one for the books, and I shall return to this dream-like quartzite world, sooner not later.
Scramble on.

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Comments or Questions

08/30/2017 22:14
This is just awesome! Thanks for sharing!


Thanks man!
08/30/2017 22:50
Such a cool corner of Colorado.


Nice Summits
08/31/2017 08:00
Well-written Trip Report too. Thanks so much for posting the quality 13er route beta. Excellent work with reaching all those cool San Juan peaks. Way to go on a big outing. Information regarding these types of Colorado mountaineering lines is great having. Keep climbing safe, smart, and strong


What Tornadoman wrote.
08/31/2017 11:57
Man - what a trip! Love the title, the write up and the pics (as always). You sure have been getting after it. Wow. But - Try as I might, I cannot find the climbers you refer to in your last picture. But then my eyes aren't what they used to be...

Thanks for putting this up. Can't wait for the next installment!


Love it!
08/31/2017 14:15
Thanks for all the great pics and descriptions. We plan on being up there next week, so the beta is very timely. Being out-of-shape, we won't hit nearly what you did, but I look forward to it all the same.


You got good *ups* kid
08/31/2017 16:30
Congrats on a solid summer. I think I saw you on Monday evening, August 14. The lady and I staggered up into the Molas lot around 7:30 PM. I believe you were sorting gear. Sweet Weminuche ramble... Really enjoyed this TR.


Comments much appreciated!
09/01/2017 18:53
jasayrevt: "Safe, smart, and strong" is a good mountain mantra to have.

Jay521: I always find your words to be encouraging and passionate for mountains and adventure. Much respect!

pmeadco: Have a great trip into the Weminuche! Getting out there is what matters.

Papillon: Thank you. I do remember you two returning to Molas Pass at Twilight. I almost asked you where you went. I was the guy eating rooftop pizza.


Peak ADD
01/17/2018 15:15
Trip reports like this have been known to distract a man from his goal of collecting beta on the peak had originally intended to climb.

Well done.


09/18/2018 21:34
You captured some sweet views of my favorite area on the planet.


Love this Report
12/15/2020 08:16
Sure do wish I could get out there sometime... looks so amazing!! Great pics and excellent work!!

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