w/Ross Thompson & Gary Showalter. Super fun scramble up the south ridge!
Got up early and knocked both out, took cardiff pass trail on the way up and down
Success. Had heard about Superior climb as good intro to Alpine Climbing. Did this solo but next time try to find partner. Good scrambles, etc. but shouldn't push envelope too much on trying to climb too high a rating without rope. Great day. Incredibly windy!
Started at Mill B and hit these peaks first, and then went across the Big Cottonwood Ridge to Broads Fork.
Great hike, will be back to climb/scramble the south ridge.
Climbed 20 times:
Hopefully there's an update in the near future that shows I tackled both peaks. Enjoyed the summit with a skier and boarder who were looking for the last few hundred feet of snow for the season. The trek up is straightforward but also challenging - lots of loose talus and some sustained class 3 scrambling (especially if you're working around snow patches). The view down into Albion Basin is outstanding.
Via Cardiff Pass - 07/06/2014
Coffee? Oh no.
Protip: put on your sunscreen *after* you are well caffeinated, else you may end up with one super crisp arm and one normal arm.
Let me be the cautionary tale.
(Fun scrambling! Went up from Alta via Cardiff, and we hit both Superior and Monte Cristo.)
Climbed from Alta but ended up on Flagstaff Mountain, so I had to scramble down to Cardiff Pass. From there it was some fun and easy scrambling to the top. Climbed both Mount Superior and Monte Cristo. Excellent views of the Cottonwood Ridge!
A cold that was worsened by a 30-hr shift, little sleep, and poor hydration worked me again on this hike. Coughing, wheezing, and sniffling, I managed to reach the summit. The directions on the Cardiff Pass route page weren't the best and put me on a bushwhacking adventure on the lower reaches of the climb. Beautiful day in the mountains, though. Summited at 5 pm and the lighting was wonderful.
Beautiful weather for a long hike from the Mill B South trailhead in Big Cottonwood to Superior. Lake Blanche and Sundial were beautiful and so was everything else, except the long stretch of talus right below Superior. Ugh.
Crappy rock from Cardiac Pass to summit. Great rock and easy traverse from Superior to Monte Cristo.
When we reached the summit of Mt. Superior we encountered a surprise white out blizzard that forced to us to try and descend the mountain as timely and safely as possible. Because of this we never reached the summit of Monte Cristo. Too bad the two peaks are listed on a joint page :( Anyways, tons of excellent climbing to enjoyed on this route. Can't wait to do it again in better conditions!
I'm not gonna say we bit off more than we could chew with this one, but we definitely bit off a lot. 45+ degree consolidated snow slopes were the part I didn't count on. There were some places on the eastern ridge of Superior that were pretty intense in the snow. There was more exposure than I was expecting. Definitely not a "beginner" winter ascent. Super fun though. We snowshoed it, and I think we pissed off the a lot of the AT skiers in the area (even though we tried to stay off their skin tracks whenever possible).
Solo via Cardiff Pass and off trail scramble along ridge line topping Cardiff and Little Superior. Started late getting sunset pics over Cristo but missed that summit. Finished in the dark across Cardiff south ridge and realize I may have gone across Hellgate Cliffs getting off trail (not fun or smart in the dark).
Staying at the Cliff for a conference. Had a few hours one afternoon, and thought I'd try to bag this one. Unfortunately I had to turn around right as the scrambling started due to lack of time. Oh well. Maybe next time. I throughly enjoyed the scenery and climb that I was able to complete...
Had a fun day on Mt. Superior/Monte Cristo. Bagged both summits. (Why isn't the register on the true summit?)I think I might have gotten a bit off route though because I ended up having to deal with some pretty intense class 4 stuff that pushed my solo comfort level.
Had a blast flying solo. Scrambling was secure and fun but not scary. Tagged Monte Cristo and headed back East all the way to Mt. Wolverine
The south ridge is a super-fun scramble and, other than a single move, is no harder than class 3-4. You can probably even work around the crux to one side or the other. Tagged Monte Cristo, then picked my way down the nasty, partly-melted-out bowl SE of Superior. Trip report.
Most amazing powder day. Splitboarded up the east ridge. Rode down the southeast face. Perfect!
Best thing about this peak is the summit view towards the Pfeifferhorn. With a little bit of a zoom you can take a picture that reveals the entire winding trail. A neat little view. Also some nice views toward Lake Blanche, revealing a cute little hanging lake over Blanche which would make a fine spot to camp.