Cottonwood Ridge from the...

Cottonwood Ridge from the...

Cottonwood Ridge from the summit of White Baldy. Upper and Lower Red Pine Lakes to the left, White Pine Lake to the right. Last year there were grass and wildflowers by this time! July 16, 2005. South Face of White Baldy
on Jul 18, 2005 12:31 am
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PellucidWombat - Jul 21, 2005 1:41 pm - Voted 10/10

Interesting route

Thanks for posting guys! Looks like you're making my overview maps out of date already :-D I liked your photo series - should be a fun climb to do as a spring climb?

BTW, did you notice any prominent pinnacles w/ a sheer face beneath anywhere on the South Side? "Rock Climbing the Wasatch Range" mentions a 5.6 route that ascends a pinnacle on the south ridge of White Baldy, and I'd like to pinpoint where that is.

marauders - Jul 21, 2005 6:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Interesting route

I've been looking over the additional pictures that we took, and I can't seem to find one that shows a definite pinnacle. But I can say that at least half of the west side of the south ridge is sheer walls, looks like great climbing. Very similar to the Lone Peak Cirque, just smaller walls. I think a route up the south ridge itself would be quite a trip. It looked to be mostly Class 3/4 with a little bit of low Class 5. More than anything it was simply a beautiful area that I can't wait to visit again! (Can't wait to see those 3D mtn models and overview maps).


hiker100 - Jul 22, 2005 5:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Interesting route

I was thinking about going up and doing the same route you took but heading over to the Pfeiferhorn along the ridge/ maybe skipping the summit of white baldy (if it's easier to do so). Do you have any insight as to whether or not that would be possible? Would you go along the ridge, or stay down low until you got closer to the horn?


marauders - Jul 22, 2005 7:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Interesting route

Based on what I saw, staying on the ridge all the way to the Pfeifferhorn would be totally possible and a lot of fun. There shouldn't be anything too difficult beyond low Class 4. I would just use the ridge. Based on your big wall experience I'm sure it would be a walk in the park.

If you are particular about staying strickly to the ridge, I know there is a small difficult section halfway between White Baldy and the SubPfeiff (right where it says "Salt Lake / Pleasant Grove on the USGS topo). But it's easy to drop down to the northeast and get around it.

I look foward to seeing pics. Take it easy!

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