Mount Superior & Monte Cristo Climber's Log

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americanswiss - Feb 24, 2011 3:56 am

Monte Cristo  Sucess!

Twice. First was scramble on East ridge. Stayed true to the ridge to make it more challenging than the trail that has developed. That turned it into a third class. Mountain Goats all over, from trailhead to summit. Second was done via South ridge of Superior. We stayed true to the ridge. Roped up about half way up and kept the rope on to the top, simul-climbing and with only two places of slung natural pro. Had deep snow last 1000 feet to summit. Descent via East ridge.


johnp79 - Feb 22, 2011 7:56 pm Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2011

East Ridge  Sucess!

8:30am start. Snowshoe'd up to Cardiff Pass and booted the ridge to Superior (great boot path already in place). Ridge to Monte Cristo was untraveled, so had to break trail a bit. Beautiful day and fantastic views. Wish I knew how to BC snowboard .... the decent blows when everyone else out there is skiing and boarding down. :)

From Utah Climbing


Mooner - Oct 29, 2010 3:53 am

Up I Go

7/04/10 Cottonwood Ridge Traverse
6/10/11 Had intentions of doing the Cottonwood Ridge Traverse but there was too much snow with gigantic Cornices
08/24/11 via Superior South Ridge solo in just under 2 hours
06/09/12 via South Ridge with Dallin. It was his first mountain. Time to the top was 2 hours 20 mins
02/08/13 via South Ridge in a Snow storm for Sam's B-day. Best B-Day party to date.
01/01/14 via East Ridge with Wayne
01/04/14 via East Ridge with Natasha in a Snow Storm the dropped 6 inches. Her first 11er and winter summit.
06/13/14 via South Ridge with Jason Larson. 1hr 59mins up and then went down via lake blanche
08/08/15 Via South Ridge with Quin @everchaninghorizon


TacoJockey - Jul 26, 2010 3:53 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2010

Southern slopes from Alta  Sucess!

Made for a nice half-day outing from trailhead at Alta.


Pfeiffer75 - May 10, 2010 12:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

From Alta  Sucess!

Climbed from Alta with friends


builttospill - Jan 27, 2010 3:43 pm Date Climbed: Jan 14, 2005

S Ridge  Sucess!

Jan 14, 2005: Climbed the S Ridge with PellucidWombat, Joseph Bullough and GlennMerrill. My first "alpine" climb.

September 24, 2005: Climbed from Cardiff Pass as part of the Cottonwood Ridge Traverse. I reversed the traverse less than halfway so I could make it to work on time, but I got to bag Monte Cristo this time at least.

February 2008: Attempted the S Ridge solo. Poor snow conditions made it a bit more interesting than I expected without crampons. Bailed at the notch and descended one of the chutes to the right (hooked up with Suicide Chute).


ZeeJay - Dec 1, 2009 7:04 pm Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2009

a bunch  Sucess!

12/01/09 With Michael, Christine, and Ryan.
09/27/07 Superior only via S ridge with Michael, Lana, and Christine
06/05/07 With Michael, Lana, and Christine
05/31/07, 8/18/06
09/09/05 With Zink
10/15/03, 07/25/00
09/??/87 With lesdubois, one of my first hikes in Utah


vidclimber - Nov 9, 2009 12:25 am Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2009

2nd time  Sucess!

The frist time was in March with a friend. The time Solo and much faster ( car to car 4 hours ). What a fantastic ridge.


ericwillhite - Oct 2, 2009 8:21 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 1998

My first Utah peaks!  Sucess!

Climbed these on a vacation passing through Utah, with a friend who lived here.

Matthew Van Horn

Matthew Van Horn - Jul 20, 2009 2:36 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2012

Super-duper  Sucess!

I've decided the descent from Superior's east ridge is no fun at all

06/07/2012 South Ridge
09/19/2009 Cottonwood Ridge Traverse fro Broad's Fork
07/17/2009 South Ridge
09/05/2008 South ridge Scramble with Scott Wesemann
07/19/2008 Cottonwood Ridge Traverse from Broad's Fork
09/18/2007 Cottonwood Ridge Traverse from Broad's Fork
09/08/2007 South Ridge scramble with J Anderson
05/28/2007 Memorial Day from Cardiff Pass with Gutloaf & others


dfrancom - Mar 6, 2009 5:09 pm Date Climbed: Feb 28, 2009

South Ridge  Sucess!

Very good day! Blue sky's and amazing climbing. a little scary on the way down.


justing - Mar 3, 2009 1:37 pm Date Climbed: Mar 1, 2009

South Ridge  Sucess!

What a great route and a fantastic day. Terrific mix of snow and rock.

Ted Eliason

Ted Eliason - Jan 16, 2009 6:41 pm Date Climbed: May 15, 1993

Who needs Alta?  Sucess!

And the price was right


NoSubas - Dec 22, 2008 4:19 am

Skied into Cardiac

Day out skiing with Winslow


Kadee - Dec 12, 2008 12:46 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2005

I can hike...?  Sucess!

Yet another one of my beginner hikes. Unfortunately I only did Mount Superior and was too tired (lazy) to do Monte Cristo. I hadn't really realized the concept of peak bagging yet.


byates - Dec 2, 2008 12:11 pm

Mutiple routes and climbs  Sucess!

Usually climb them while doing some type of traverse, last climb was on a Cottonwood Ridge Run July 2008.

Casey Bates

Casey Bates - Aug 13, 2008 2:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008

Summer scramble  Sucess!

Beautiful summer day and a welcomed relief from Outdoor Retailer.


PocketsOfBlue - Jun 7, 2008 10:41 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008

Skied North Chute  Sucess!

Skinned up below the power lines from the church at Alta. Dropped down into a bowl and traversed over another ridge, then caught some turns into a bigger bowl below the North face of Superior. From there we skinned up to the East ridge and booted up to the summit. Skied the chute off the saddle to the East -- great conditions for June!


vanman798 - May 16, 2008 10:49 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2012

South Ridge  Sucess!

  • May 3, 2014, trying out my new Spantik boots, I snowshoed the pole line pass, then used crampons with overboots, for the last section to the peak. The boots worked great with both set ups. Up in 2 hours 15 mins, took another 15 mins to walk to Monte Cristo. Walked down the SE face, and hitched a ride from the road back to my car. Round trip 4 hours with breaks etc.

  • April 5, 2014, skinned up to within 150 feet of the peak, but there was so much static in the air you could hear it and see hair standing up, so to avoid a shock we (Matt H & I) skied down the north face, then skinned over to little Superior and ski down that to the road. Good way to do it.

  • August 3, 2012 -- Followed the south east ridge to the peak, took 2 hours 25 minutes. Here is a break down: From car to base of White Gully 16 minutes, to GasEx pipe #1 28 minutes, (don't go to GasEx #2), to Suicide chute 1 hour 9 minutes, to peak 2 hours 25 minutes, to Monte Cristo 12 minutes. Return via east ridge and pole line pass 2 hours 3 minutes.
  • Feb 21, 2009 -- Skinned up the pole line pass, and all the way to the peak of Mt. Superior took 2.5 hour to ascend. Skied down the North face into Mill D. Skinned up Cardiac Ridge, skied down, skinned up Cardiac Bowl, and then down into Mill B and over to BCC.

  • May 16, 2008, Up the East Ridge with Sean Peckham -- Round trip, with breaks, and jaunt over to Monte Cristo, took 6 hours. The descent, on skies, via the southeast face was fun, but a bit to soft.

  • seanpeckham

    seanpeckham - May 16, 2008 4:20 pm Date Climbed: May 16, 2008

    Up the east ridge, skied the southeast face  Sucess!

    vanman798 and I got a 6 or 6:30 am start, skinned to Cardiff Pass and a bit beyond, and booted up the ridge to Superior. We left our skis there, put on crampons, and traversed to Monte Cristo and back. Ran into Bob Athey and a couple who had just climbed the south ridge, and then skied the awesome southeast face from the summit, though because of our delay from tagging Monte Cristo, the corn was past its prime and down low was more like mush. I can't wait to ski it again without the side trip to catch it in ideal conditions.

    Once a long time ago I also did Superior only in the summer. Nice to have taken care of the unfinished business.

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