Friday, March 21, 2008

Pfeifferhorn Northwest couloir

The Pfeifferhorn is a perfectly shaped triangular peak located in the heart of the Wasatch mountain range. It is a true horn and has a couloir off the northwest side that is a must if you are ever in the area. I (Steve Lloyd) was given an assignment by powder to shoot a backcountry piece on the Pfeiff for next year. I asked Mammut athlete Dylan Crossman and my friends Jeff Campbell and shaun moyes to join.
We started out in the White pine parking area about 4:30 and made our way through the dark until three hours later we were above the tree line and the sun was just starting to warm our faces with its light. Once on the shoulder to the Pfeiff you have a grand view of the wasatch and the head wall leading to the top of the Pfeiff.

The head wall is a steady 50 to 55 degrees all the way up. Ice axes are suggested for this part of the climb. I am glad I had mine because I was in odd positions trying to shoot the other guys hiking up.
At the top you have a good view of your line. Most years you can ski down to the 50 foot rappel in the middle of this couloir. This year all the snow has been blown off the top, so to keep things safe we did a rap down to the snow field.

After the first rappel we skied down to the choke. There is a set a bolts just to the right had side. It's a little tricky to get your skis off at this point, but that is what makes it fun. The length of the rap is different depending on the snow year. Right now its a bout 30 to 40 feet. Once on the apron its a good smooth skiing all the way to the bottom.

Fun day and I was able to get some great shots for the article.

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