Jon Schofield (who paced me the last 25 of Wasatch just the week before) suggested a route earlier in the week that would take us up the south ridge of Superior and down the standard way to make a tidy little loop. In my haste I agreed, and without looking at the route the stage was set.
|Up the South Ridge, down the trail|
Peter put together this cool video, unfortunately the GoPro took a dive about halfway and did not survive.
The morning and weather were incredible, just cool enough to raise a few goosebumps but as soon as we started climbing the jackets came off. We parked at the 4th entrance to Snowbird and hiked up the road a few hundred yards before starting our way up the boulder field.
|Peter, taking a picture of me taking a picture of him|
|A little way up further, looking down on Snowbird|
|Still in the boulder field, Jay and John make their way up|
Soon the route required the use of my hands which was still okay, but eventually I had to stand by the mantra of maintaining 3 points of contact as my progressed slowed. At some point I heard a very different sound than rocks tumbling down the cliffs around me. I'm quite sure it was Peter's GoPro camera that I heard, because I came around a ridge a few moments later and joined him in the search for the missing pieces. We only spent about 10 minutes looking around for the pieces and Peter was able to find the camera, battery, and memory card before we carried on.
|Jon and Mandy about halfway up|
|Jay with the Pfeiffohorn in the background|
|John's lower leg|
|The climbing begins|
|The final approach to Mt. Superior|
|Looking down the South ridge we just acsended|
|Mt Superior! John, Christian, Jay, Mandy, and Jon|
|Peter and Jon about halfway down|
|John, Mandy and Jay, with the South ridge of Superior in the background.|