4323 Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, Sandy, UT
Above: Cottonwood Ridge from Red Pine Lake. Our view will be similar.
I'm back! Done with school so I can list some stuff again. This one is intended for advanced mountaineers who like camping. Obelisk is a great spot for portraits because there is a 10 foot high pillar for a summit that only one can be on at a time. The whole Cottonwood Ridge with impressive peaks sits behind. Light should make those peaks glow red late in the afternoon and into evening (weather permitting). So we are going to camp near the base of the peak in Maybird Gulch, and then head up to the peak after an early dinner, coming down with headlamps just before dark.
Starting at White Pine Trailhead, mid day we will be going with our heavy packs about 3 miles. There will be steep sections. Some of the trail may require crampons. Elevation for camp will be between 9,500 and 10,000 feet. Elevation of Obelisk is 10,500 feet, roughly. Elevation of Pfeifferhorn is 11,326 ft. ETA for setting up a camp will be 3 pm. We will start up Obelisk around 6:00 pm, expecting a 90 minute ascent.
You will need one alpine axe or two twin ice tools. Whichever you prefer. Also crampons. I have scouted snow conditions and we will be going up a steep hard-pack snow coulour. Coming down same way.
Sunday morning if anyone feels up to it, I may attempt North Ridge of Pfeifferhorn. It is rated about 5.5 technical knife ridge. Lots of exposure. Would need to start early. About 5:30 am probably. Descent would be along the more commonly climbed East Ridge.
Will break camp by noon at latest, getting back to cars by 2:30 pm or 3:00 pm. I have work that evening. People are free to leave earlier if they desire or stay later. We will discuss this before carpooling.
Everyone must pack their own gear including sleeping bags rated down to 40F or lower, tent if desired, food, stove if desired, trowel, bath tissue, crampons and axe, change of clothing, headlamp, and water treatment or filter. Boots should be waterproof and need to have a climbing tread if attempting Pfeifferhorn.
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