At 11,326 feet, the Pfeifferhorn is probably the most beautiful Peak in the Wasatch Range and commands an impressive view from the top: the Wasatch Range, the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake Valley, the Oquirrs to the West.
The North Ridge of the Pfeifferhorn is considered one of the best mountaineering routes in Utah and can be ascended any time of year, but many prefer to treat it as a stout winter mountaineering challenge. This mixed granite and snow ridge rises directly to the striking 11,326 feet / 3452 meters symmetrical summit in the heart of the rugged Lone Peak Wilderness. In winter, the approach is on skis or snowshoes, and we usually do the trip in two days.
The first day we establish our base camp just under the North Ridge and get ready for the next day. The impressive North Ridge has some moderate technical rock climbing, but most likely the ascent will be done on crampons, because we will probably find ice and plenty of snow on the route. To provide safety during the ascent, we will build anchors in the rock using caming devices and a variety of other techniques to provide safety in the current conditions. We will use an ice axe but also climb with our hands, so the challenge is to be able to efficiently move from one technique to another. The views from the top are a well deserved reward after a challenging and very entertaining ascent.