Ascent of Sugarloaf Mountain on 1999-04-18

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Matt Dolan
Date:Sunday, April 18, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sugarloaf Mountain
    Elevation:11051 ft / 3368 m

Ascent Trip Report

Matt and I did this one from the top of the tram on Hidden Peak. Since it was a winter ascent, we couldn't approach the peak from the ski area on either side. We were hardly backcountry experts at this time. Luckily for us, Baldy and Sugarloaf are more of "sidecountry" areas of Snowbird and Alta. Since this was long before we knew about AT or telemark skis (or could afford them), we hauled up our incredibly heavy alpine skis and boots in our full backpacking packs while walking up in regular leather boots and with snowshoes. We first snowshoed up Baldy, skied down to the saddle, then snowshoed up Sugarloaf, and then skied from Sugarloaf to the bottom of Alta ski area. From there, Matt stayed with our packs and skis and I caught the inter-resort bus to Snowbird to pick up the car. A lot of transitions between downhill skis and snowshoes (and the respective boots) for an ascent. Pictures
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:551 ft / 167 m
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:551 ft / 167 m
    Route:West Ridge
    Start Trailhead:10500 ft / 3200 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Baldy/Sugarloaf 4/99

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Sugarloaf Mountain1999-04-18 b551 ft / 168 m
1Mount Baldy1999-04-18 a388 ft / 118 m
Total Trip Gain: 939 ft / 286 m

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