Ascent of Pfeifferhorn on 2016-11-12

Climber: Anthony Wilkinson

Others in Party:Paul
Date:Saturday, November 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:11326 ft / 3452 m

Ascent Trip Report

We summited the Pfeifferhorn on perhaps the last warm weekend of the season. The Red Pine drainage (northern aspect, doesn't get much sun this time of year) was already covered in snow/ice along much of the trail, however, so the going was quite slippery. I had left my crampons in the car since my climbing partner and I did not both have them (we'd turn around if we really needed them), if I do it again in the same conditions I think microspikes would be the best option.

The summit was beautiful, and the snow/ice had been melted by the sun once upon the main ridge for the route to be mostly dry.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3666 ft / 1117 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:Red Pine/White Pine Trailhead  7660 ft / 2334 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 40 Minutes

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