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.
drove from Salt Lake just to climb it. Edward Abbey's writings drew me to it. It was steep going (from Gold Basin), but not all that far. Incredible views to Canyonlands, Arches, Colorado, etc. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
Fun climb and great 360 views from the top. Don't feed the friendly marmots....
a fun route, all hard spring snow. pretty steep - we measured 50 degrees at one point, the crux was a very short section of ice covering a rock band about mid way up. next traversed over to peale and down back into gold basin. down-climbing tuk's east ridge was my least favorite part. the ice crux was my favorite. PICS
Started at cross country ski lot on Geyser Pass Rd. - snowshoed into Gold Basin and then up to little Tukuhnikivatz through very deep snow. Continued along ridge to Tukuhnikivatz's summit and then back the way I came. Glissaded down a lot of the way, but it still took me nine hours roundtrip!! The climb itself was absolutely miserable with the deep powder, but Tukuhnikivatz is probably the most scenic summit I've ever been on!!
I originally planned to summit Peale, but coming from the La Sal Pass parking lot, I did not contour far enough east to find the correct couloir. I reached the ridge just west of The Razor Fang, the wrong side to be if you want to reach Peale. I thought about attempting to traverse Razor Fang, but it looked rather forbidding, considering I was hiking solo, and my Summitpost handle contains the word "Hiker," not "Climber." I decided instead to summit Tukuhnikivatz, and I was not disappointed.
Had good weather (but windy) accross the Fang, Started at the pass around 7:00 am made it to Peale and over to Tuk by 10:00 am.
Steep slopes. Scree on top, but a pleasant hike.
Great route, the sliver of snow along the ridgeline was a welcome reprieve from the killer talus and scree. It was the first named peak (2nd total) of a ridgerun that day covering 6 peaks, which included Tuk, Peale, and Mellenthin.
See trip report on Peale's page for details. Made the traverse over the Razor Fang from Mt. Peale. Fun traverse on terrible rock across The Fang.