Scheduled Climb - Mount Superior South Ridge

Mount Superior Classic Alpine Climb

The prominent South Ridge of this iconic Wasatch peak rises steeply to the 11,050' summit. Outstanding views, fun climbing moves, high-quality rock and an airy feeling make this a classic route in any season. The hardest move is rated 5.6.

Typically 1,000 feet of exposed climbing along the knife-edge crest is roped. Protection includes slings, passive protection, snow-pro, stoppers and cams. Guides may employ running belays, short-pitching and short-roping for security. Descent is generally along the easier East Ridge and down to Alta via Cardiff Pass.


  • Approach via the snow-filled Suicide Chute
  • Classic ridge above is a mix of rock and snow
  • Crampons and ice axe are used in couloir and on ridge
  • Max ratio: 2:1
  • Duration 8-12 hours


  • Route can often be scaled more swiftly than in snowy conditions
  • Sticky rubber approach shoes are preferred footwear
  • Climb South Ridge Direct rather than Suicide Chute
  • Scrambling begins almost immediately
  • Max ratio 3:1
  • Duration 6-10 hours

How to Register:

South Ridge, Mount Superior

South Ridge, Mount Superior

Photo by Tyson Bradley

Topping out on Suicide Chute, Mt. Superior

Topping out on Suicide Chute, Mt. Superior

Photo by Tyson Bradley

Course Details

2024 Dates

Winter (Mixed) Conditions
May 4, 2024 Saturday

Summer Conditions
July 27, 2024 Saturday


1 Day


Salt Lake City, Utah


Winter/Spring (Mixed) Conditions:
$ 349 per person plus tax

Summer Conditions:
$ 299 per person plus tax

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


Intermediate. Good fitness and rock climbing experience is a pre-requisite. For winter conditions, crampon experience is recommended.

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P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

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