what a great climb. the wind was intense, but added a little spunk to the climb. definately worth repeating.
I was blinded a few times by spindrift, and I inhaled the ice crystals once (ouch!). The steepest headwall on the route occurs about 200 ft after the crux pitch. This year it was steeper, creating a bulge as it was half corniced! I'd say it was 50-60o powder with a crust and fatal fall consequences.
Quite the wild route! Certainly one I could do again anytime.
Climbed with mountaingazelle. I wanted to try the South Ridge without snow. It is a great scramble in the summer/fall.
Climbed with fowweezer, mountaingazelle, mockba, Paul and Tracy. Cottonwood Ridge Traverse is very enjoyable. I did not complete the entire traverse because I stayed with a slower member.
a little loose in places, but a good climb with great views-- Superior
Joe Bullough and I topped off the day with Monte Cristo and Mt Superior after climbing Storm Mtn, the BF Twins, Sunrise Pk and Mt Dromedary, which turned out to be a day with 9,000 ft of elevation gain! We descended to Cardiff Pass to get picked up and enjoy a good glass of lemonade :-D
Hit both summits. There was snow on the last ridge to Monte Cristo, and we were unsure about it at first glance, but upon reaching the highpoint inbetween the two peaks we saw that it was really easy to navigate around. If you find yourself looking at a snowy ridge from superior, take a closer look before letting it turn you back.
I've climbed these a couple of times, the first time came down in the dark and got off course and went to the South of Little Superior.
Made use of first aid kit. Also climbed 8/2/03 from Lake Blanche (there is a Mountain Goat Motel on a crag and we also saw a large moose)! Climbed 7/2/04 from Cardiff Pass (easy route compared to Lake Blanche Route)!
East Ridge - October 19, 2003 - Hiked to Cardiff Pass and then went up the East Ridge of Mount Superior and Monte Cristo.
Cottonwood Ridge - September 24, 2005 - Went with Mockba, Glenn Merrill, fowweezer, Paul, and Tracy. The ridge west of Monte Cristo is the best part of Cottonwood Ridge. A fun ridge traverse.
South Ridge - October 15, 2005 - Climbed the South Ridge with Glenn Merrill on a windy but sunny October day. Nice scrambling along the ridge and easier than expected.
Suicide Chute - June 24, 2006 - I decided to climb this variation of the South Ridge after reading about it on Joe’s page.
Cottonwood Ridge - September 21, 2008 - Hiked Cottonwood Ridge while starting at Alta.
The south ridge is a great climb! I summited with the others that just signed the log. I'll have to try it in summer too.
I agree with PellucidWombat that it was "easier than expected, but the crux was harder than expected" The crux was probably the only 5th class. Our pace up the ridge was slow, but that made it enjoyable. At the bottom third of the route I would highly recommend climbing the rock to the ridge proper and doing the narrow ridge like we ended up doing.
Truly an excellent route. As a whole it was easier than expected, but the crux was harder than expected, but still not too bad. Overall the route was a beauty, with just enough exposure to warrant a few belays and simul-climbing, but nothing too serious. Perfect for learning rope handling in the alpine environment.
Incredible mountain. Some intimidating exposure, and strong winds, but well worth it.
The Southeast ridge (from Snowbird) is a delightful scramble.
A great short hike with perfect views, much easier in the winter
One of the best scrambles in the Wasatch. Some exposure and loose rock makes it interesting. The various summit views are outstanding and this is a must-do peak for any serious Wasatch peak-bagger.
Nice easy hike and scramble. Some exposure, but nothing too bad. It was much nicer than when I tried it 3 weeks ago. Although the peak was still covered in snow, I kept sinking in to my knee caps and would get stuck and tripped on the hidden logs and scree! I'll have to try it with snow again sometime; maybe earlier in the spring.
Great winter dayclimb!
I have climbed this mountain various times. The view of the surrounding mountains is spectacular.