South Face on this large (for the Wasatch) triangular alpine face. FRA done in April 1983 by Michael Franklin and James Garrett when a snow gully approach was used for access. We climbed directly to it on the SE Ridge of Superior until it was possible to traverse over to the South Face. The route started on the lowest part of this Quartzite type face...same rock as on SE Ridge of Superior (pretty good!). About 6 long pitches climbed directly to the apex (summit ridge) of Monte Cristo Peak. Rock quality was good and it was obviously not crowded and felt very secluded at the time. We saw no other signs of previous parties on the route.
From Alta as for South East Ridge of Superior Peak
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Down South 5.8 Mod. Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700 feet, Grade III
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Many 4th class snow or snow/rock ridge pitches to get to the south face of Monte Cristo. We did this in basically winter conditions and used ice axe and crampons to climb on the lower pitches, though the face was dry with some snow ledges encountered. We climbed in Mountain boots/crampons. Other seasons would facilitate using climbing shoes. I enter this ascent now, as Franklin has passed on as other fine alpinists have and he shared with me a deep love for alpine exploration at a time in the Wa...[more] Browse More Classics in UT