First stop on the middle La Sal traverse from Gold Basin. Beautiful day - reached about 2:30 from the trailhead. Snow-free hiking all the way up.
Via Gold Basin.
Comboed it with Peale and Mellenthin. Did Peale in 1 hr 15 mins, Mellenthin in 1 hr 15 mins from the top of Peale, and then had to skirt around the south of the Razor Fang to get to Tuk. Did it from Mellenthin in about 2 hours. Tuk was the most organized pile of rocks of the three. But STEEP! Total trip stats was 9.49 miles. Did it in 4 hrs 52 mins. Avg speed of 1.9 mph. Did 5,078' of elevation gain. And 5,146' of descent. It was a great way to spend Pioneer Day.
I climbed on an incredibly windy day. I didn't escape the wind, but I did leave Moab's dust behind. And I got to hike the ridge while leaning 30 degrees off vertical to my left.
Finally climbed it after years of staring up at this beautiful peak from the canyonlands below. Traversed over to Peale afterwards...
Started from Gold Basin. Climbed Little Tuk, Tuk, Peale, Laurel, and Mellenthin and then returned via Laurel's west ridge. I think I picked the worst possible way up Little Tuk. From afar the slopes look wide open but I managed to find the only dense stand of trees around and had to bulldoze my way through.
Had a wonderful time in the wilderness today on these two peaks. The best part was the time when the rotten rock of the razor fang tried to eat me.
Hiked up Tukuhnikivatz and then over to Mt. Peale.
Climbed from Gold Basin via Little Tuk. Great climb with excellent weather. Hit Little Tuk on way up and down. Loose talus/scree was a challenge on the way down
Climbed with my pal Hasepheffer when I was working for World Wide River Expeditions. Tuk is my favorite summit in the La Sal Range. Climbed Peale and Mellenthin in the same day.
Started at Geyser Pass Winter Parking, followed the road to the pass, and climbed through deep snow to the North Ridge of Mellenthin. Traversed over to Peale next. After that I scrambled over the Razor Fang to Tuk, and descended north into Gold Basin and back to the car.
Windy and cold morning. Very straight-forward scramble to a mellow summit.
Forgot my hat & gloves so I had to make due with a shirt wrapped around my head (protect the ears) and extra socks on my hands. Sweated it out down in Archs later in the day with Chicago Transplant. Really good day!
Ascent via La Sal Pass, traverse Razor Fangs to Peale. Climbed with Kiefer on a windy morning. Had lunch in Moab than hiked around Arches a little bit.
Needed to get out of the heat so we cruised up to La Sal pass for a night and climbed Tuk. Awesome views west from the top. Awesome temperature.
I was attempting the Tuk, Peale Mellenthin combo, made the first two. Chased away from Mellenthin by lighting, chased out of Gold Basin by mosquito's.
Climbed up 220.5(?)chute with the intent of skiing west or south west chutes but v. cold so skied Tuklear Reaction instead in perfect conditions, with Jack B.
Also skied "rectangle" couloir (NE) and Exxons Folly (NW) on TukNo (little tuk) with Seth a couple weeks prior.
Boarded the famous SW "tuklear reaction couloir in 2004 with brother Dirk, Skied the NE Rectangle Couloir and Exxon's Folley on Tuk No Peak(Little Tuk) this March 30th with Ann Driggers and brother Dirk Anderson... I'm equally impressed with the skiingon Tuk No Gold Basin. I've only climbed the middle range with snow. I'm looking North now!
I am an experienced 45 year old hiker, and the cold and snow (1st week of November), as well as the lung-crushing altitude (over 12,000) was a good stretch for me, don’t let the low mileage fool you. Five steps up and fifteen deep breaths, repeated, was my summit strategy near the top. Gone were any dreams of ridge running the La Sals! I simply was not acclimated to the heights from the canyon hiking I had done the first few days in Moab. The view from the summit may be unmatched in the US for the color and variety of landforms. The drifts of snow had many animal tracks as well. At least at this time of year, there was no one maybe in the entire range. This is a MUST DO for experienced hikers who are in Moab and want to see canyon-topia from a whole new perspective. It was the highlight of a trip of highlights. Do it.
Ever since reading "Desert Solitare" at age 17 I wanted the Tuk experience. Arguably the most beautiful mountain in the range. Went on to Peale and almost got Mellenthin in the same day before weather forced me down.
Unforgettable day, summitted five 12ers in the La Sals in one day. Route up Tuk via Gold Basin, over Little Tuk. Perfect and clear, but the whole range got nailed by a snowstorm the very next day.
The "Island in the Desert" is the most aesthetic of the La Sal peaks.