Bushwhack adventures with Eric & Hank
Mount Triplet is one of the most ominous and obscure peaks in Graham County. Oh, did I mention that it's also on the San Carlos Reservation. Even better! If you frequently drive between Globe and Safford, you have likely noticed it's towering slopes against the skyline. The front side of Mount Triplet is nearly impossible to hike unless you enjoy torture with a hint of death, however the backside has a very manageable ridgeline leading directly to the top. The only obstacles blocking your progress are moderate areas of shrub oak and loose rock.
I must put a disclaimer on this hike... The posted route is a means to an end. This hike is all about the summit. Don't come here expecting anything beautiful. Everything about this hike is stark and harsh. If you're still interested after reading that, lets continue. As I began ascending the final 200 vertical feet, it became increasingly obvious that this was not going to be any ordinary summit experience. The high-point summit of Mount Triplet is nothing more then an exposed pile of boulders with howling wind and dramatic 360-degree views. WOW!!! Looking across to the rugged secondary summit was soooo cool! I actually had visions of hiking that on this trip. Yeah right! A quick look through the binoculars reversed those plans. Every step around the summit had to be carefully chosen. Hank unknowingly stepped on a precariously loose boulder and almost fell off the top with camera in hand. I had a few close calls myself. Luckily the camera, I mean Hank, survived the tumble. Ha. Just kidding. Screw the camera. I didn't want to have to activate my Spot and possibly lose a good friend. That's one of those toys that you hope you never need to use. Places like this must be treated with respect.
Mount Triplet is a mountain that I have wanted to hike for many years. I just had to know what it would be like to stand up there. This was a memorable trip to say the least. Call it personal accomplishment and stubbornness. I don't regret it a bit and I'm so glad to have been able to share it with Hank.