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Down South T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Elevation: 11,000 ft
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Shared By: James Garrett on Aug 29, 2006
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

Description

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.
Interestingly, Mugs Stump was soloing the SE Ridge of Superior that day and saw us and peaked his head over the apex just as we were topping out and scared the daylights out of us! He thought it was a first ascent and said he wanted to do it someday. He probably went on to better alpine routes in the greater ranges!

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From Alta as for South East Ridge of Superior Peak

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