Obelisk Mountain/The Pfeifferhorn

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Looks like someone was gearing up for a snowball fight in lower Maybird Gulch. (just kidding, I know that’s not why there were hundreds of snowballs.)
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It was a lovely (late) morning, we started at the mouth of Maybird Gulch around 10am. Clearly the route to the basin of the Pfeifferhorn in Maybird Gulch is usually achieved via the Red Pine Lake trail, but what’s the fun in taking the actual trail when there is snow on the ground? Also, that’s Twin Peaks, we were up there last week!

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We actually saw people this week, it may not seem remarkable, but we don’t see a lot of people so I had to snap a photo… of course we then saw quite a few more throughout the early afternoon.
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ahhhh, the Pfeifferhorn, always so majestic. I especially liked the angle of this mountain from this approach.
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Thunder Mountain
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We had a nice time snowshoeing past the skiers up to Obelisk Mountain. I didn’t know this was on the itinerary for the day, I was just planning to find a way up the Pfeifferhorn, but hey! Why not add another mountain to the day?
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Of course he had to climb it.

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Like a beached whale.

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This is him giving up getting on top of it.

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The North Ridge

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It was a bit of a drop off.
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Thunder Mounting coming out of, or maybe it was in to, the fog.
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The traverse was pretty funny, slightly sketchy, and mostly involved more trusting snow than I generally feel comfortable with.

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Waiting for Tristan on the ridge, so why not a photo of some trees in Maybird Gulch?

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Most of the more questionable ridge moves involved swinging our bodies around the rock.

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We opted to go through the snow instead of continue up the North Ridge since it was taking forever and we didn’t have any pro… you know, since we weren’t planning to do it.
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Just before the snow hit. We ended up going up a fairly steep slope to get to the ridge, then just followed the bootpack up from there. Apparently other people aren’t crazy enough to take the route from the basin that we took… probably valid given it’s questionable avalanche probability, but the weather was cold and the snow was solid, so we were safe.
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I didn’t take any shots on the way up to the peak since it was a white out and it would have just looked like a white screen. The fog and snow lifted slowly as we made our way back down.

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Tristan is the dot on the bottom right.
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Where we went up/down.

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I was bummed that it cleared up just as we were coming down, but I guess it was still pretty cloudy on the summit for at least an hour after we had been up there, so I can’t be too sad!

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Obelisk Mountain
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Thanks goes to the Wasatch Peak Baggers for the snowshoe tracks we got to follow for about a half mile!

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On the way down we went a different way than on the way up, so that was fun. We got to see more of Maybird Gulch, and it was beautiful up there. Perfect snow too!

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