You’ll have a hard time driving to the end of Little Cottonwood Canyon without noticing our iconic local 11,326 foot giant, Mount Superior. Sat in the middle of the Wasatch Range, with a prominent ridge rising 3,000 feet near Snowbird ski resort, it looks like a visitor from Alaska, with dominating snowfields and knife-edge ridges.
An ascent of the South Ridge of Superior, depending on the time of the year and the conditions, a full day of relatively easy rock climbing in a delightful alpine environment or a day full of challenges that will require a strong desire to succeed. A winter ascent of the South Ridge should not be taken lightly. It is considered the most difficult guided trip in the Wasatch. Deep snow, a narrow rock ridge that sometimes is snow-covered, some technical climbing on crampons, wind, potential avalanche hazards … in short, all the elements of a real, winter alpine ascent.
In winter, crampons and ice axe are required, and we work on snow climbing skills on the way up a classic, rock-lined, 40-degree couloir.
In summer rubber approach shoes are the best footwear, and we climb grassy ledges and rock steps before gaining the ridge crest.
This is a 1-day climb from Salt Lake City.