Vestal Peak Climber's Log

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utclimber - Aug 15, 2010 9:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010

Wham Ridge  Sucess!

I climbed Arrow, Vestal, and the 3 Trinities as a day hike from Molas Pass. Round trip time was just under 17 hours.

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis - Jul 24, 2010 11:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2010

Fun!  Sucess!

Great day with Jackie. However, seems like I did some 5.6ish moves at times. Maybe I was off route. :) Anyway, really fun route if you don't count the descent....which sucks.


cruzit - Jul 24, 2010 10:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2010

Wham Ridge  Sucess!

Took a slight variation of the classic climb by soloing up at an angle across the face for about 500' then moving to the arĂȘte. Alan lead throughout and did a great job as usual in approach shoes. The last 400' to the false summit was a loose mess. The downclimb on the standard route is a hellishly loose and scary mess. A lightening strike just below the summit sent a massive slide down the saddle between Vestal and Arrow. Thank goodness we were well below by that time.


BigRob - Aug 18, 2009 10:51 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2009


A true classic. It was a test piece for me. My best day in mountains yet.


chicagotransplant - Aug 11, 2009 11:38 am Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009

Wham Ridge - Center Shift  Sucess!

1st: 8/8/09 - Climbed with Jamie, used the "Center Shift" variation on Wham Ridge for 9 roped pitches. The first two were on class 4 slabs and probably could be freed, but it was nice to not have to worry about a slip. The 5.7 crux was quite enjoyable, about 15-20 feet, most of the rest of the face was no harder than 5.5.
The descent of the "standard route" on the backside was not so great, your best bet on this peak is definitely to climb Wham!
2nd: 9/10/21 - Climbed with Scot, I led the normal route on Wham. Mostly its roped 4th class with a few shorter sections of easy 5th.


shanahan96 - Aug 10, 2009 4:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009

center shift - wham ridge  Sucess!

8/12/11- soloed wham ridge on a beautiful, sunny afternoon while assisting steve with his pro placement during his first 5.4 alpine lead. after the crux i got on the rope to help get the team to the summit at 6:10pm in order to make it back to vestal basin before darkness set in. enjoyed dinner under a spectacular full moon. have enjoyed six, sun soaked days in the grenadiers!

8/8/09- climbed center shift(5.7-9 pitches) on wham ridge with mike. lots of fun, exposed yet protectable climbing in the 5.3-5.5 range with a stunning 5.7 crux pitch. this is a thrilling climb which we won't soon forget! added arrow on afterwards for a long day(12 hours).


p.s. the backside of vestal sucks! just climb wham....any route


FlatheadJim - Jul 22, 2009 3:17 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 1994

Along the trail in 94

Did this while on the Colorad trail

PatrickSwazeHaze - Feb 17, 2009 10:47 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2008

Wham Ridge  Sucess!

unroped wham ridge climb, not as tough as expected, but more exposed though. One of the best routes out there in Colorado. No "beirs".


Kiefer - Aug 25, 2008 1:38 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2008

Whammy!  Sucess!

Not as hard as we thought. Climbed the Wham with three other friends & continued on to Arrow. Some killer views and a super fun route!


gremlin - Oct 26, 2007 12:46 am

wham 2x  Sucess!

center of the face is the most continuous and fun, but right side is way faster (topping out at 10am instead of 6pm)


benjohnson - Sep 26, 2007 5:21 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007

Whamski  Sucess!

Weather chased us off the face, but we waited it out on a ledge below and made the summit a little later.


seth@LOKI - Aug 28, 2007 1:06 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2007

go light  Sucess!

Someday I won't get sucked into carrying tons of gear... Vestal Virgin made it, West Trinity and Arrow too. Stunning peaks. I feel lucky to have made it to see them and climb them.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jul 9, 2007 4:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2007

Standard  Sucess!

From Arrow. To West Trinity, Trinity & East Trinity. Daytrip from Molas TH.


boisedoc - Dec 17, 2006 4:37 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 1989

Incredible  Sucess!

Went up nontechnical gully on the south side. Camping beneath Wham Ridge is definitely worthwhile

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Apr 5, 2006 3:24 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 1985

Wham Ridge  Sucess!

Fun route. It deserves it's "classic" status.


dunsum - Nov 18, 2005 4:32 am

Route Climbed: Wham Ridge Date Climbed: June, 1991  Sucess!

Car to car solo from Molas Pass - cool climb. Down-climbed the route.


iceisnice - Oct 3, 2005 9:14 pm

Route Climbed: Wham Ridge Date Climbed: Several times  Sucess!

Car-to-car from molas pass in 8 hrs round trip. Phenominal climb. Didn't have any route findings problems. In fact, the descent was more dangerous than the ascent. Very loose. Took a line on the left side of the face that was up to 5.6 climbing. Tons of variations and difficulties possible on this route.


RyanS - Jul 11, 2004 9:47 pm

Route Climbed: Standard route Date Climbed: July 6, 2004  Sucess!

I had trouble with routefinding on Vestal's standard route, which is on the south side of the peak. We ended up climbing on 4th class terrain but made the summit easily enough. On the way down we found a much easier and more solid route.

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