Monday, August 3, 2015

Mt. Superior South Ridge

Mt. Superior via South Ridge (11,050 ft.)
Easy 5th class, mostly 3rd and 4th class
July 30, 2015

The South Ridge of Mt. Superior is a beautiful, steep ridge of quartzite that climbs 3,000 ft from the floor of Little Cottonwood to the summit of Mt. Superior. The ridge is technically 5th class but most climbers chose to solo the route because there are only a few 5th class moves amongst the easy 3rd and 4th class scrambling along the entire ridge.

I invited my good friend Dani to climb the ridge with me and assured her we would be fine without a rope and we would be down in 6 hours or less. We started our climb at 7:30 am and we reached the car by 12:30 going at a moderate pace with a couple breaks for snacks and water. 3 hours up, .5 hour on top, 1.5 hours down.

This is now one of my favorite routes in the Wasatch - very fun scrambling, solid rocks for the most part, exciting exposure, and great views.

The beginning 
Scrambling
Fun 
Exposure
Snowbird
Summit
South Ridge
Wildflowers