Scheduled Course - Mount Superior Classic Alpine Clim

Mount Superior Classic Alpine Climb

The prominent South Ridge of this iconic Wasatch peak rises 3,000 feet from near Snowbird Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, to the 11,050' summit. We offer the climb in winter and summer conditions. Outstanding views, fun climbing moves, and an airy feeling make this a classic route in any season. Only a short approach is needed before class 3 & 4 scrambling and/or steep snow climbing begins.

Summer Conditions

(also see Winter Conditions climb)

The route is usually free of snow from mid-June until late October. Sticky rubber approach shoes are the best footwear, although hiking boots may suffice. We scramble up talus, grassy ledges and rock steps before gaining the ridge crest.

At least 1,000 feet of exposed climbing along the knife-edge crest is roped. Slings, passive protection, stoppers and cams are used to provide security. The guide will employ a combination of running belays, short-pitching and short-roping. The hardest move is rated 5.6.

South Ridge, Mount Superior

South Ridge, Mount Superior

Photo by Tyson Bradley

Descent is along the easier East Ridge and down to Alta via Cardiff Pass. This is a long-day climb.

The maximum ratio is 3 clients per guide. We typically start between 5-7am and finish around 3-6 pm.

For more information and photos, visit the UMA blog post describing the Mt. Superior, South Ridge climb.

Winter Conditions (also see Summer Conditions climb)

From mid-November through June, the Suicide Chute, a classic, rock-lined, 40-degree couloir, is usually snow-filled. Crampons and ice axe are used, and we work on snow climbing skills as we approach the ridge.

At least 1,000 feet of exposed climbing along the knife-edge crest is roped. Slings, passive protection, snow-pro, stoppers and cams are placed to provide security. The guide will employ a combination of running belays, short-pitching and short-roping. The hardest move is rated 5.6.

Descent is along the easier East Ridge and down to Alta via Cardiff Pass. This is a long-day climb. We typically start between 5-7 am and finish around 3-6 pm. The maximum ratio is 2 clients per guide.

For more information and photos, visit the UMA blog post describing the Mt. Superior, South Ridge climb.

Course Details

2016 / 2017 Dates

Winter (Mixed) Conditions
November 19, 2016 Saturday
May 20, 2017 Saturday

Summer Conditions
August 13, 2016 Saturday

Duration

1 Day

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Fee

Winter (Mixed) Conditions:
$ 249 per person plus tax

Summer Conditions:
$ 219 per person plus tax

UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the clinic if fewer than 2 participants register.

Level

Intermediate. Rock climbing experience is a pre-requisite, and for winter conditions, crampon experience is recommended.

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Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505

Email: uma@utahmountainadventures.com

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