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.
The route is usually free of snow from mid-June until late October.
At least 1,000 feet of climbing along the knife-edge crest is roped for security and learning. The hardest move is rated 5.6. Previous rock climbing experience necessary.
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 climbing along the knife-edge crest is roped for security and learning.
Location: Wasatch Range, Utah, USA
Length: 1 Day
Trip Dates: Summer, TBD, Winter, TBD
Prerequisites: Excellent physical condition, a knowledge of mountaineering techniques and previous alpine and rock climbing experience ideal. Climbers should be comfortable on 40 degree snow and ice slopes and climbing on exposed ridges
Guide Ratios and Pricing:
1:1 $440 per person
2:1 $265 per person
3:1 $225 per person
Max: 3 climbers
- Certified Mountain Guide(s)
- All meals while in the mountains
- Technical gear for the group
- Private ground transportation throughout the trip from Salt Lake City Hotel or Airport
- Communication equipment
Does not include:
- Any hotel accommodations e.g. in Salt Lake City
- Climbing/trip insurance and rescue expenses as needed. Any cost if a climber abandons the trip.
- Customary guide gratuities
- Personal meals out of the mountains e.g. any meals in towns / restaurants
- Any other expenses occur beyond BBE control due to changes in the itinerary or clients needs
- Personal climbing gear
- Plane tickets
- Park fees
- The selection and use of personal equipment, ropes, knots and harnesses
- Winter – Crampon use and snow climbing techniques, ice axe positioning, and self arrest techniques
- Route finding and hazard assessment including a discussion of objective vs. subjective hazards
- Proper clothing and climbing gear for survival in the high mountains, mountain weather, alpine ecology, avalanche hazard assessment (winter), and Leave No Trace ethics
Travel Insurance and Rescue Insurance
We require the purchase of insurance plans to protect you from the unexpected. Please consult with your insurance company with any specific questions, regarding coverage, and policy details, and if you have any questions contact our offices.
We recommend that you bring snacks to supplement the mountain lunches for 1 day. Take snacks that you genuinely enjoy. Eating well is the key to maintaining your strength while in the mountains. And in order to combat the loss of appetite at altitude, it is best to have a variety of foods from which to choose, from sweet to sour to salty.