Cottonwood Ridge Winter Traverse
Posted by PellucidWombat on Oct 5, 2006
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Location: Utah, United States
City or Place: Salt Lake City
Skill Level: Advanced
Partner Status: Need Partners
Ever since I saw tracks on this ridge from the summit of Monte Cristo two years ago in January I've been interested in traversing the ridge. I would expect to do this over two very long days:
Day 1: Ascend Ferguson Canyon, camp at saddle between BF Twins and Sunrise Pk.
Day 2: Complete Ridge traverse, descending to Alta via Cardiff Pass.
This is an exposed ridgeline with high cornice hazard, so I would want to do the climb implementing technical snow travel techniques (roped travel, either simul-climbing or w/ belays using pickets in sections), during a period of decently stable snow, and with qualified partners (i.e. strong aerobic conditioning, strong winter mountaineering experience including avalanches & cornices).
I am hoping to do this route while I am in town during the first part of January. Is anyone interested?
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