8/31/2016: Was aiming for Lovenia, but I was tired and this one seemed easier so I changed plans. I left the trail and headed for the small saddle that is just to the south of the peak to eliminate an extra bump. It was steepish and loosish getting to the saddle but not too bad. From the saddle, both small cliffs are easily bypassed to the right.
While approaching the saddle I heard what at first sounded like a very close thunder clap, but then I realized that there was a large spontaneous rock slide on the south side of the peak about 1/2 mile away. The noise and the dust plume were both impressive and took awhile to dissipate. It was perhaps the loudest sound that I have ever heard. I wasn't too happy about scrambling up through the cliffs after that.
3/11/2015: 4 day winter ascent. On day 1, skied 11 miles to EFBF Guard Station cabin where I stayed. On day 2, broke trail for a little over 6 miles 1 way and returned to cabin. On day 3, skied 8.84 miles to the south side of Wasatch BM's east ridge. Ascended to the ridge on foot up a bare swath to just west of point 12268. This was the toughest part of the trip as the slope was very steep with loose and unstable rock. Once on the ridge it was an easy mix of snow and rock to the summit. Round trip time was 14 hours and 3 min from the cabin. On day 4, skied the 11 miles back to my car in a mix of flurries, moderate snow, and rain.
7/28/2009: 21 mile day hike with Moogie737 from East Fork Blacks Fork. Went up the east ridge and then on to NW Wasatch and Tokewanna.
Failed attempt to summit all of the 13ers in one push. We did the entire ridge hitting Tokewanna, Wasatch and NW Wasatch. We did this peak at night. One of most impressive things I have ever seen was the night sky. The stars were brilliant and truly awesome. Had to abort our 13ers attempt due to me getting altitude sickness. You can read the report here:
This was Day 3 of a 4 day solo trip. This was my "easy" day, after doing the Lovenia loop on Day 2 and before doing Tokewanna and going home on Day 4. You look at the ridge from below Red Knob Pass and think it'll be uninteresting, but there are some scrambly sections. And after doing the Lovenias (chossiest piles of crumbly junk ever), I had forgotten that boulder-hopping can actually be pleasant.
Perfect day for Sept. The trip that made me fall in love with the Uintahs.
My first 13er, climbed on a trip up from Moon Lake. Not many mtns climbed on this trip, mostly backpacking miles. Up Lake Fork, then over Dead Horse and Tworoose passes on the return.
I hiked up Wasatch BM car to car in about 9 hours, 25 minutes. I intended to continue on to NW Wasatch and Tokewanna, but the weather was terrible. Lightning storms at 6am, but it cleared just a little. It rained and snowed much of the day, but was just nice enough to get to the top.
Also, on 10/3/10, I hiked up NW Wasatch after climbing Tokewanna, starting at West Fork Blacks Fork,
Leave it to ZeeJay to come up with a doable 21-mile r/t trek in which you can bag three 13ers! This time of year plan on bogs, marshes, river crossings in shin-numbing water, delicate wild flowers and lingering snow banks. And don't forget to plan on a long, long day, to pray for good weather and to exercise plenty of patience regarding the millions of boulders over which you must clamber.
1990: Via North Ridge from the west (over pt 13,039 "NW Wasatch"). Solo all the way from East Fork Bear River on a weekend while working as a backpacking guide (off duty). Two days, 40 miles. I was in much better shape then.
1991: Via North Ridge from the west (over pt 13,039 "NW Wasatch"). This time I brought a partner, Nathan. Nathan didn't quite reach the summit, but I went ahead and did so. We actually climbed all the way from East Fork Bear River on a weekend while working as backpacking/hiking guides (during the week).
I've also been to the surrounding ridges and peaks with various people between 1988 and 2000.