Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Summit # 7 Pfiefferhorn - 9/8/12

Just a good old Saturday Morning Hike. My alarm was set for 5:30 am.  Went off, I rolled out of bed at 7:30, jumped in the car and was at the White Pine trail head by 8:30.  2 hours behind schedule.  Off I went.  The goal was and hour to Red Pine lake and another hour to the summit.  Back from summit to car in 1:30.  Reaching but reasonable. 9 miles round trip. 3622 feet elevation gain.
Heading up the trail through the aspens.

1.5 miles in looking down valley at the LCC road.

Red pine lake.  Time 58 minutes.  Goal met.

Looking down canyon across the lake. 
So I realized that I didn't take any photos after this of the head wall.  It is very steep and I went off in the wrong direction.  Had to traverse across a bolder field to get back on the right trail and back to the ridge.  Bummer.  Cost me 20 minutes. 
Top of the ridge looking toward Pfieff.
Looking east, back toward the head wall.  I didn't come up that section.  But you get the idea.
A little sketchy section of the ridge.  There were a couple of scout groups that I passed.  I tell ya, Heavenly Father loves scouts and I am pretty sure just reaches down and holds each one by the nape of the neck across some of this stuff. 

Looking up the final pitch to the summit. 
I wish photos could show scale better.  This is at the base of the last pitch.  I actually took this on the way down.  You can see the scouts on the way up. 

Summit.  2:20.  20 minutes over goal.  4.5 miles ( I probably went 5)

Crazy hair close up. 

Lone Peak.  Looking to the east from summit.  Could be next.  Or at least before the snow comes. 


American Twins.  Two highest summits in the Wasatch.

Looking to Hidden Peak and top of Snowbird tram.  Mount Baldy to left of tram.

Twin Peaks.  Looking north across canyon.

Cool summit shot.

Self portrait. 
Total time car to car 3:49.  Sore quads the following day.  It was a great run down.  Made me conflicted.  Need some more warm and dry to pick off a few more summits in Summitember.  But, I could feel some nice carved turns as I was coming down.

Gotta love fall in Utah!

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