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Trident and Devils Domes # 4804

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Date: 2003.10.16
Vantage Point: From summit of Lucifer

Caption: Nice light from a sundown ascent of Lucifer on the imposing summits of the Devils Range.

PhotoDescr: The triple crack systems that give Trident its name are out of view on the SE face (the Witch Doctor Wall, 1982 Offin/Jones SE face takes leftmost crack system and is rated III, 5.7). Now, the 1983 CAJ adds to the lamentable Whipple guide ("portable pages for the range of portable holds!") thusly:

1. South face of Trident was climbed by H. Ridge, G. Stein, P. Wood. No mention of grade or location. Rock looks good. This was supposedly the route taken during the traverse to Mephisto mentioned in the guide, and if so, has two ropelengths of 5.3, and thus likely joins up with the southwest ridge (descends to camera vantage).

2. "South ridge is unclimbed." Presumably this means the true south ridge/face, if one can make a distinction. I do not see a south ridge here at all?

Devils and False Devils Domes are hard to distinguish from this vantage, Devils has a more pointed, higher summit. No routes on this aspect of False Devils (off-width horror show). Rock to the left is of unnamed features on the ridge connecting to Mephistopheles.

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