Cottonwood Ridge Winter Traverse
Posted by PellucidWombat on Oct 5, 2006
Page Views: 837
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?
"May your trails be crooked,winding,lonesome,dangerous,leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells,past temples and castles and poet's towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkey's howl,through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock,blue mesas,domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches,where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you- beyond the next turning of the canyon walls."
© 2006-2012 SummitPost.org. All Rights Reserved.