Ascent of Mount Wolverine on 2014-03-23

Climber: Matt Dolan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, March 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Wolverine
    Elevation:10735 ft / 3272 m

Ascent Trip Report

I'm hoping this trip report will help James Barlow, since his last summit of this peak was on Wednesday July 15, 1998. He climbed with Keith, Duane, and Dan. Seemed like a relatively easy hike, except when Keith and Dan went one way, and Duane and James when another. If my memory serves me correctly, Duane and James ended up down-climbing a big cliff above a lake near Brighton. Keith and Dan had to wait on a chair on the Crest Express lift for Duane and James to get to the bottom. ... But I digress.

I started at the trailhead to the north of the Sunnyside chairlift at Alta. Being a winter ascent I packed some warmer clothes, but mainly stuck with the essentials of water and snack. Something James Barlow had somehow mastered. An example being on a hike to one of the other 32 10,000' peaks in SL County, we reached the summit and Barlow pulled out a huge knife that he used at his job at Dan's in the produce department. After the knife, he pulled a huge cantaloupe from his pack. We always packed light until that day. From then on, we kept the food and water items to the highest luxury standards set by Barlow.... but I digress.

I started hiking up the cat track towards the cross country loop on the south facing slope of Alta. Starting later in the day allowed the snow to soften just enough that hiking in ski boots was suffice. I worked my way up to the saddle on the north-leading ridge of Patsy Marley. It's a straight forward trail to the saddle, then a straight shot to the summit of Patsy. Being a clear day, the ridge line to over to Mt. Wolverine from Patsy was no problem. Stay away from the cornices otherwise you'd be skiing a shoot leading towards Solitude that you'd regret if you're not ready!!! ...Saw one moron fall through while he was posing for a photo...stay off the cornices. Reached the summit of Mt. Wolverine by 1300, strapped on the skis, traversed back to Patsy, and got plenty of soft turns in off the north side of the peak. Back to the truck in 10 min.
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