The new firepit provides a cozy gathering place to catch the evening alpinglow
We have just returned from the lofty Pionneer Mountains, high above Sun Valley. SVT guides: Joe St.Onge, Jon Preuss and Everett Coba trekked into the Pioneer Yurt to open the hut for it’s inaugural summer season. The trail in was cleared of downed timber, outdoor benches and a beautiful fire-pit were built and the yurt was set up for summer living.
After the work was completed, the peaks called for a journey into the alpine. We completed a mixed ascent/traverse of Cobb Peak, climbing perfect frozen snow/neve and aesthetic alpine rock. A classic alpine climb!
We hope the word gets out out about the Pioneer Yurt and the world class opportunities for wilderness, beauty and adventure that await visitors. The Yurt is open for reservations to both guided and self guided (DYI) groups throughout the summer and autumn seasons (and winter of course!). This is the ultimate adventure base-camp with cozy accommodations in the midst of pure alpine awesomeness.
Everett finding fun fluid movement on the west ridge
Choose your line on the plentiful holds high on Cobb
The summit of Cobb Peak offers beautiful quartzite for over a 1000′
From hand jams to in-cut face holds
The quartzite high on Cobb Peak is some of the oldest exposed rock in the state of Idaho
Stoked to summit after a fun mixed climb
It’s not uncommon to find lady bugs, gathered by the 100’s at the very summits of these 11-12,000′ peaks.
Descending the NE Ridge on the way toward Old Hyndman, a long and very exposed ridge traverse that is part of the “Triple Crown”, connecting Hyndman, Old Hyndman and Cobb
The new tables and benches look great in the yurt
This old porcupine has been chewing on the wood exterior of the sauna for years. I caught him in this photo when he was on his way over for his evening chew….
A yurt in it’s place
Hyndman Peak towers above the yurt: a perfect base-camp for climbing the tallest peaks in the Pioneers
The deck gathering spot for breakfast and evening cocktails
trekking above the yurts past waterfalls and slot canyons allows access to the alpine basins above
the snow has been rapidly melting, but there is still significant snow for climbing and glissading
Purple cliff dwellers on the ancient quartzite
Cramponing toward the north couloir on Cobb
JP, high in the North couloir
Everett, finding the flow on neve with spikes on the feet and a ax in hand
What a setting