Coalpit is described in Andrew McLean's book - The Chuting Gallery, as:
4,930 vertical dropOne of the biggest and most classic lines in the Wasatch...it has a bit of everything- a beautiful steep headwall, glades, a narrow roller coaster ride of a gully, an obstacle (a waterfall requiring a down climb via a fixed rope), and a convenient finish.
"Deemed best run of my life by numerous Wasatch skiers".
Saturday, a group of six of us - Dug, Ben, Jon, Mike, Tyler and I, met up at 4:30am for an early start. There is no easy way to get to Coalpit. All routes require a long sufferfest. We decided for the longer but more mellow, scenic approach of starting from White Pine, working our way past Red Pine, Maybird, Hogum, and up 2/3 of the Hypodermic Needle (another line on my list), where we cut right and caught the Thunder Mountain ridge (above the Y-Couloir) and up to Coalpit.
6 hours of skinning/booting and I forgot my ipod.
Here is the view of our route up the Hypodermic Needle.
Looking back at the Pfeiferhorn
The view of the valley from the Coalpit summit
The Coalpit Headwall
The waterfall section towards the end
Hands down, one of the best routes in the Wasatch. Good times.
For a video of the trip. Go here.