A New Wasatch Linkup: The CURL
Since moving up Big Cottonwood, I've had a fair amount of time to explore Cardiff Fork. About a month ago, Noah and I ran up to Pole Line Pass, over to Flagstaff and out Day's Fork. Mid run, we looked up at the Reed Benson Ridge and then at Cardiac Ridge and had an epiphany: They had to be linked. We figured it'd be a miniature, less classic WURL. We made plans a few times over the past month but never started due to the crazy August rains. Last Saturday, weather finally was on our side.
We left from my front porch at 6 a.m. without headlamps, figuring the sun would come up soon. It did, but not until we had bushwhacked halfway up the north end of the Reed Benson Ridge by phone light. Luckily it wasn't too bad.
Once we were on rock it was pretty straightforward—follow the ridge. We thought there were only a handful of 4th+ class moves, one on the Reed Benson side and two on the Cardiac side. They all probably could have been avoided were we more willing to deviate from the ridge, but then it wouldn't be an ultimate ridge linkup, right? It may not be the classic that the WURL has become, but it made for a stellar Saturday.