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Mt Timpanogos Winter Traverse


PellucidWombat

Posted by PellucidWombat on Oct 5, 2006
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Activity Details

Date: Anytime
City or Place: Mt Timpanogos
Skill Level: Advanced
Categories: Mountaineering
Partner Status: Need Partners

Description

This has been a climb that I've wanted to do for the past 3 winters - ascend to the Timpanogos massif ridgeline from Provo Canyon, and follow the ridge all the way to North Peak, descend to Mahogony Flat, and climb over Mahogany Mtn to descend to the Utah Valley (either near American Fork Canyon or Grove Creek).

I have fully reasearched the idea(including speaking with people who have traversed most of the ridge in Winter) and have found a good route for the Tour de Timp. It involves about 10,000 ft of gain, so I would plan on taking 2-3 days to complete the climb. All I need are good snow conditions, weather, and a qualified partner (i.e. strong aerboic conditioning, strong winter mountaineering experience, esp regarding avalanching and cornices).

I am hoping to do this route this coming winter while I am in Salt Lake City during the first part of January. Is anyone interested?

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maraudersOoooooooo...

marauders

...this is a good idea. I won't be available during your listed dates, but maybe later in the season if you're back in town. At least I'll look forward to a killer TR.
Posted Oct 9, 2006 1:52 am

PellucidWombatRe: ....

PellucidWombat

Hey Brent,

Apart from steep snow, there shouldn't be any technical difficulties, just cornice and avvy hazards that need to be treated with respect.

I don't know if Scott did the S Ridge in the middle of winter, but I believe that the variation I am taking is one that he has not done?

You'd think that you'd cruise the ridge, but as traversing is somewhat awkward, you are watching out for cornices, and the snow may be soft, 3 days is a good conservative plan (but in ideal conditions and under a brutal pace 1.5 days should work - perhaps reach the summit hut on the first day and bivvy there?). 1 Day is very unlikely because you will be gaining a little over 10,000 ft on this snowclimb.

I know of someone from the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center who has skiied along the ridgeline in winter, basically doing the whole traverse in segments. He gave me a lot of firsthand beta and wished me luck ;-)
Posted Oct 20, 2006 2:32 am

ScottRe: ....

Scott

I don't know if Scott did the S Ridge in the middle of winter, but I believe that the variation I am taking is one that he has not done?

I've attempted the South Ridge from Bridal Veil Falls in March 1997, but didn't make it. The weather was just too bad and it was thin ice over loose talus. We never did see much of what we climbed in the snowstorm.

Trip Report

My brother and I also tried to do the entire ridge in December 1997, but via the Sundance Ridge variation. Unfortunately, I was working nights then and we didn't start until 10PM (in December!) and there was no moonlight. Around 2 am, we decided climbing the ridge in the middle of the night in December might not be the best of ideas, so we climbed Sugarloaf instead.

Sure wish I could join you guys for a trip, but I'll be climbing in the Andes during then.
Posted Oct 30, 2006 8:03 pm

rjasayhuckfin

rjasay

Been on my list for a while too. I'd like to run it before winter and the window is closing fast. Keep me posted! I should be available on Jan-Feb on a weekend.
Posted Nov 8, 2012 4:48 pm

 
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