Ascent of Pfeifferhorn on 2012-09-23

Climber: Darin Wilson

Date:Sunday, September 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:11326 ft / 3452 m

Ascent Trip Report

via North Ridge with Joseph Bullough and Michael Kligman. From car to car was right at 8 hours. We hiked from White Pine TH through Maybird gulch. We climbed a steep couloir that consisted of one roped pitch to reach the ridge. From there we followed the ridge upward. It seems we lost the ridge as we were ascending and had to ascend a pretty tricky line back to the ridge. I think there was maybe two moves that were more difficult that the normal crux of the ridge. The loose rock was what made this climb difficult and fairly dangerous. Michael and I both took a few small rocks to the helmet. It was nearly impossible to prevent. Tricky climbing when you can't be sure if your hand-holds are true or not. We climbed past several large rocks that were ready to fall. The weather held out for us. We had cloud cover during the entire route. At one point we started to get a little worried about the weather as the wind picked up and had rain falling to the East and West of us. But like I said, we lucked out and stayed dry. It was rather cool during the climb while belaying in the shade. This was an absolutely stunning climb. It exceeded my expectations and I feel fortunate to have climbed it. Amazing day! We descended the standard (East Ridge) route and made it from summit to car in 2:05.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast

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