Took a slight variation of the classic climb by soloing up at an angle across the face for about 500' then moving to the arête. 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.
A true classic. It was a test piece for me. My best day in mountains yet.
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!
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
Did this while on the Colorad trail
unroped wham ridge climb, not as tough as expected, but more exposed though. One of the best routes out there in Colorado. No "beirs".
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!
center of the face is the most continuous and fun, but right side is way faster (topping out at 10am instead of 6pm)
Weather chased us off the face, but we waited it out on a ledge below and made the summit a little later.
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.
From Arrow. To West Trinity, Trinity & East Trinity. Daytrip from Molas TH.
Went up nontechnical gully on the south side. Camping beneath Wham Ridge is definitely worthwhile
Fun route. It deserves it's "classic" status.
Car to car solo from Molas Pass - cool climb. Down-climbed the route.
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.
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.