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 the winter, the approach is on skis or snowshoes, and we usually do the trip in two days.
Day 1 begins at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon with a gear and weather check and discussion about the adventure to come. We then drive up to Little Pine Parking Lot and start hiking up to Maybird Gulch on skis, split-board or snowshoes. Our approach takes 3-6 hours. Setting up camp for the night at 10,000 feet under the North Ridge, we have dinner and prepare for the the next day.
Our base camp is typically just under the North Ridge.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.
The next day we have breakfast before sunrise and start hiking up the the ridge (skis, snowshoes or crampons depending on conditions), where we cache our skis or snowshoes to begin our alpine route. Once on the ridge, we set up anchors and your guide will lead the climbing, protecting the route. After enjoying spectacular views from the summit, we descend back to camp via the head wall, pack the tents and hike or ski back to the car.
We generally return to Salt Lake City at the end of Day 2.
Location: Wasatch Range, Utah, USA
Length: 2 Days
Trip Dates: Winter, TBD
Prerequisites: Excellent physical condition, a knowledge of mountaineering techniques and previous alpine and rock climbing experience ideal. Climbers should be comfortable on 45 degree snow and ice slopes and climbing on exposed ridges.
Guide Ratio: 1:1, 1:2
Max: 2 climbers
Two days: $700 for one person, $300 for an additional person
One day speed: $350 for one person, $100 for an additional person
- Certified Mountain Guide(s)
- All meals while in the mountains
- Camping and cooking gear for the group
- Technical gear for the group (ropes, hardware, harnesses)
- Some climbing gear for each member (snowshoes, ski poles, ice axes, helmets, beacons)
- 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 gear for each member (boots (rentals available), crampons (rentals available), gloves, backpack, layered clothing)
- Plane tickets
- Park fees
- The selection and use of personal equipment, ropes, knots and harnesses
- 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, 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 3 days. 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.