Failure is an Option

May 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm 2 comments

Wimpy and I gave it a good try – but we fell about 100 ft short. A 5 am start time greeted us for an attempt on The Obelisk. The Obelisk lies between Maybird Gulch and Hogum’s Fork in Little Cottonwood Canyon. As you might guess, we wanted to eat a Cheeseburger on its summit. We began at the White Pine Trailhead and after slogging through the wet snow for a while we got a glimpse of its Northeast Ridge – our destination.

Morning on the Obelisk

After wandering up Red Pine Canyon and then through Maybird Gulch we arrived at the base of the ridge. Without crampons and ice axes we were not up to the ascent. Here’s wimpy at our high point:

On the Northeast Ridge

The weather was getting nasty too.

Bad Weather

After a quick descent we looked back and could see how close we had come to the summit ridge.

The hike out in the soft snow was punishing but we were treated to a lovely view of Broad Fork Twins on the other side of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Broads Fork Twins

Next time we’ll eat Cheeseburgers!

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Entry filed under: Utah Summits.

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  • 1. wimpy  |  May 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Hey SirloinOfBeef,

    Thank you for not mentioning that it was only my ice axe that was forgotten. I have to agree with you that it would have been easily doable with crampons though.

    The Obelisk must be conquered this year!

    Great Hike Nonetheless

    Wimpy

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  • […] our previous attempt at the Obelisk, SirLoinOfBeef and I had assuaged our disappointment by vowing to return for a second attempt.  […]

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