With Jun32. To the top in just over 4 hours and 6:35 round trip. We went right up the step. It was dry and easy. The traverse would have been scary with bullet hard snow. There was a 30-40 ft. section right on top of the summit ridge that was exposed and scary. It was the only time the axe came out. This is one of the best routes in the Wasatch.
Scott Wesemann and I climbed Everest Ridge for our first time this morning. For March conditions were surprisingly dry. What snow we did cross was bullet hard, yet there wasn't enough snow for either of us to don our crampons or ice axe (Scott used his for about 30 ft along the summit ridge).
We chose to climb the 10' direct arete on the "Step" before finishing straight up through the 4th class section. Fun moves.
Car to Summit in 4:10
Round trip in 6:35 ish
What an amazing route! My buddy and I spent the night at the Baldy Saddle and woke up the next morning around 4:15am. We were on the move by about 5am. At roughly 9:30am we reached the summit, and we were back beneath the traverse before 11am. The snow conditions were near perfect for both the ascent and the descent. We also had the pleasure of glissading nearly all the way back to the saddle from a couple hundred feet below the step. We were back at our tent in the baldy saddle merely two hours after standing on the summit! I'd strongly recommend spending the night at the saddle for anyone with the appropriate gear and enough open time in their schedule. Getting a good night's rest allowed us to blaze up the ridge much quicker than if we had done a one day push.
Two weeks of high pressure provided the ideal winter conditions. The snow was firm and stable. The skies were clear with a light wind. Perfect! Started at 3am and reached the summit at 12pm.
W/ Dave, Christine & Walt. Excellent snow above about 8,300'. 5+15 up and 3+25 down. Everest ridge up, North Fork of Dry Canyon down. This one makes up for the failed attempt two winters ago.
I soloed the ridge yesterday. Man, it was indeed pretty tough. I started at 3:30 (should have started a few hours earlier) and was at Baldy Saddle at 5:15. Made it to the summit at 9. Back at the car at 1. Snow conditions on the way down were super bad; I was postholing all over the place.
I've got pics, a TR, etc. at my blog here.
Started up the Dry Creek trailhead at 12:01 am on April 17, 2010. Arrived at the Big Baldy Saddle at 1:45 am to find the UCC members sound asleep. Around 2 am, UCC members began to wake up.
By 3:00 am we were ready to start up Everest Ridge. It took 4 hours to reach the false summit (summit ridge), and another hour to traverse the 0.37 miles along the ridge from the false summit to the true summit. 6200 foot vertical gain from parking lot to peak.
Shaliddle and I were able to run real quick in great conditions. A touch of wind at the top and didn't run into any issues getting over the steps. Highly recommend it. We camped at the Baldy Saddle too.
Started at 3 am and should have started early. There was a group of three in front of us that was flying up the ridge. Man they were moving fast.
I would have to say that this hike is advanst mountaineer's only. The ridge it self was not bad but the treavers to the true summit was very exposed. One wrong step or if you started the treavers to late on a sunny day, the consuquences would be devistating.
Night temps were belowe freezing and day temps were around 60 (80's in the valley). Very strong wind for the whole ridge but none on the treavers. The snow most hard the whole way with a few inches of powder from a resent storm. Total 11.5 hours.
I did the hike on March 8, 2008. I started at 2 a.m., it was a warm night, around 28 degrees. I had good mountaineering weather, it was cloudy all day, light snowfall and windy. The snow was consolidated, a hard crust on the top so I had to use crampons. On the way down I got into total whiteout, for over two hours I could not see anything. I was moving down step by step using my GPS. It worked out, the round trip was 14 hours.
We camped on Big Baldy saddle over night, and headed up around 4AM. We'd planned to head out a little after 3, but we had some late risers in the group. By about 9:30, we'd reached the south facing bend in the ridge at around 10,000 feet. Most of the snow had melted off, so we cramponed up the rock (grimace). We didn't go any further, because the snow was getting soft. The standard turn around for Everest Ridge is 9am anyways.
It was a good intro to alpine climbing, but I learned that it's better to go with a small group of people you know well. We had a hodgepodge group, with widely varying skill and fitness levels, which made for slow going up the ridge.
My friend Ben and I left the Dry Creek TH a little after midnight on 1 Mar 2008. It had been really warm (daytime highs in the 40's-50's) for a few days, so I was a little worried about snow conditions. We made it to the saddle in less than three hours. Not too far up the ridge, the snow turned to sun crust on a weak sugar snow layer. Rather than risk a slide, we decided to turn around. After a little self-arrest practice, we hiked back down. We were home in Provo by 9 a.m.