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Wasatch peaks.

Post by Jbrow327 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:52 pm

Anybody here with knowledge of the Wasatch? What peaks do you recommend for a beginner? Also, can you rank the eleveners from easiest to hardest? Which elevener would you recommend for a beginner?
It's a very bad snow year here in slc. Of course there's snow on the higher peaks but it doesn't look like much. Makes for a great peakbagging opportunity for a beginner it seems.
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Post by akonks » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:35 pm

I don’t have extensive knowledge as far as rankings go, but I do live in SLC and moved here from PA (flat land). My first peak here was actually Timpanogos. But it was August. I took my dog and had a blast. I recently did Grandeur west face and did the loop route down the opposite side to the pipeline, up the canyon, and back to the west face trailhead. 11 mile day and super doable right now and the west face is a good super steep short training trail. I’d maybe take advantage since it’s normally a high avy route when we actually have snow. Grandeur from church fork was also one of my firsts. It’s easy going in winter. Another good super steep and short one I like is mount wire from pioneer park. Mahogany peak is right in front of timp, but it’s another super steep jaunt. I’d think a beginner could do any of these I’ve mentioned. Especially right now because we don’t have snow on the wasatch front. Id like to venture into the cottonwoods but they’re just so busy. There is a lot more avy risk right now too. And the need for an ice ax for peaks like pfeifferhorn. But I have done a few up there. I’d like to try mount Raymond in the winter from the millcreek side. Frary peak on antelope island in winter is also nice since any other season there are way too many gnats. I’ve done a lot around here though, but honestly don’t know the exact height of most of them. Sorry this is probably all over the place. Feel free to reach out. There are a lot more options once late spring hits, but I’m sure you don’t wanna wait that long. If you stick to the wasatch front peaks you’re likely safe since winter is nonexistent right now here and plenty of people are still running up those peaks. Spikes still necessary though.
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Re: Wasatch peaks.

Post by Exiled Michigander » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:38 pm

Scott P. is going to have the best advice on this. He's the resident Utah expert on 14ers.com.

Are you skinning up and skiing down or snowshoeing?

Assuming you are hiking/snowshoeing: as long as you watch avvy conditions most of the peaks in Big and Little Cottonwood aren't too bad because the lengths are so short (Wasatch climbing=short but steep). Not too many of the peaks are that technical, even in winter, but you really need to watch avalanche conditions and avoid avalanche-prone slopes. And know how to properly use an ice axe when it is called for.

I'd probably start with something like Grandeur Peak via Mill Creek and work up from there. Jared Hargrave's "Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes" is worth checking out from a library even if you aren't planning on skiing/boarding. It gives some good route advice and avalanche areas to avoid on many of the major peaks.

Timp and Nebo are the real prizes of the Wasatch, but they're both pretty serious undertakings in the winter. Those would be goals to work up to if you want to concentrate on the Wasatch.

If you want to up your game and trade the short but steep Wasatch for the long but gentle Uintas, Kings and Gilbert (two highest peaks in Utah) are both quite doable in late winter once the drilling companies plow the roads (usually right at the end of calendar winter).

And, again, watch avvy conditions. If you aren't comfortable travelling in avalanche terrain, wait until the summer.
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Re: Wasatch peaks.

Post by Bale » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:40 pm

Paging Scott P ;)
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Re: Wasatch peaks.

Post by Andrew Russell » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:43 pm

Lol, Jbrow is at it again
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Post by Vincopotamus » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:58 pm

Scott P gonna flip his table when he sees this :lol:
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Re: Wasatch peaks.

Post by Scott P » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:03 pm

Exiled Michigander wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:38 pm
Scott P. is going to have the best advice on this.
No because he already asked these exact questions many times. He's a troll.
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Re: Wasatch peaks.

Post by pvnisher » Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:31 am

Is this guy using us (and by "us", I mean Scott P) to do research for his local newspaper articles or something?

Kinda feels like he's got writing assignments or something.
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