When the weather is hot and bothersome in the valley, this mountain provides great multi-pitch alpine rock climbing in a spectacular area with wonderful views. A little taste of Switzerland with the mountain dining, mountain goats, and lift shortened approach times to the multi-pitch climbs.
The rock is a high quality alpine quartzite. The looseness and choss so often mentioned in conjunction with Wasatch alpine routes in places like Alta's Devil's Castle does not really apply here. The summer access to rock climbing in Albion Basin is greatly enhanced by the road from the town of Alta, which usually opens by late June.
Here, Mt. Ogden is part of the Snowbasin Ski Area and weekend access is available between June through October via the Needles Gondola. You can even dine at the luxurious Needles Lodge atop the Gondola after you are done climbing or listen to live music with a BBQ at the base station every Sunday evening.
On Saturdays, the Gondola runs from 0900am to well after dark, so you can even consider a multi-activity day!
The Needles Gondola makes the approach a breeze. Mt. Ogden is pictured on all summer and winter Snowbasin Ski Area trail maps. Skirt under the Gondola and the base of The Needles and walk about 30 minutes to the lowest point of the Gray Slabs (far left) south side of the NE Face of Mt. Ogden. Look for the most compact rock left (South) of a prominent dirty left facing dihedral.
Weather station 5.4 miles from here
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The Gray Slabs 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a UT
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: ... : Mt. Ogden
This excellent, fun, and well protected Wasatch alpine climb is worth doing now before the hordes find out about it! Though by nature of the intricate slab layout there are some broken up sections, many stand out alone pitches make the whole endeavor well worth your while. All pitches assume a natural belay stance on good ledges and though it is possible to link pitches, doing so might create enough rope drag to bust your fun meter. Look for the beginning of the route at almost the lowest point ...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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