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DrewBOne large...  Sucess!


pile of crumbling rocks. We had several close calls with rock fall. Not only is it important to be the first ones up the last stretch, but it helps to get down before the next group too. We dodged several medium-sized boulders and numerous plate sized rocks on the descent.
Posted Jul 8, 2008 12:05 pm

kavakNortheast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 1981


We started out with overcast ominous looking skies. We decided that if we heard nearby thunder we would just turn back. As happens sometimes in Colorado, the skies cleared for the more difficult sections and we had a nice summit. This all changed on the way down with a light rain once we reached the north basin.
Posted Jun 19, 2008 10:40 am

SarahThompsonOne of Colorado's finest peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2005


7/31/05 - Climbed the standard NE ridge, my first 4th class peak. Would like to go back and climb the NW ridge route.

1/1/12 - Winter ascent via west face and NW ridge from camp at Crater Lake. Great way to kick off the new year!
Posted Mar 28, 2008 9:56 pm

astrobassmanFavorite Colorado 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


I really enjoyed Pyramid Peak...I wrote a trip report here: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=3817&parmuser=astrobassman&cpgm=tripuser I think I'll return and try Thunder Pyramid to Pyramid next summer.
Posted Mar 20, 2008 8:05 pm

MountainHikerCONW & NE Ridges  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 1997


This was my second time climbing Pyramid. We went up the NW ridge and came down the NE ridge.
Posted Feb 10, 2008 2:12 pm

MountainHikerCONW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 1991


This was my first climb of Pyramid. We did it via the NW ridge.
Posted Feb 10, 2008 2:09 pm

dr_gonzPyramid  Sucess!


I love the class 4 rock. This is one of my favorite climbs I have done in CO.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 1:26 pm

Mots010Northeast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2007


Fun mountain. Short and to the point. In the last 300 feet to the summit I think I made things harder than it needed to be. I traversed one gully too far and had to make some insanely exposed 4th class moves. Found a much better descent route that stayed closer to the east face.
Posted Sep 3, 2007 10:57 pm

matt81Northeast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2007


Great views from the top.
Posted Aug 26, 2007 5:41 pm

KieferTour de pyramid  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2007


Ascended the Northwest ridge and desceded the Northeast ridge route. Great mountain! Stellar views of the Bells with near-perfect weather all day. Almost gave Buckskin Benchmark a go afterwards.
Thought the NE route was kinda boring. It was TOO cairned off. But still fun!
Posted Aug 25, 2007 1:30 pm

shknbkea classic via ne ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007


Wow, Karen. Thanks for the kind words! I repeated Pyramid with Jim & Karen since I enjoyed it so much the first time and really didn't do much routefinding. I had vivid memories of the climb and enjoyed it even more the 2nd time. Overall, Pyramid is easier than S. Maroon if you stay on route even though the climbing is a tad harder. The routefinding on S. Maroon seems to be more confusing.
Posted Aug 23, 2007 11:48 am

HokieJimFirst Class 4  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007


A great introduction to class 4 scrambling after honing our skills on some class 3 earlier this summer. I was nervous about this hike but ended up thoroughly enjoying every bit of it!
Posted Aug 22, 2007 11:45 pm

ktiffany22Standard route... easier than you think!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007


I totally agree with "Chicago Transplant" ...this "class 4" is WAY easier than people make it out to be! Of course, we (Jim and I) had help from 14er finisher/CO county highpoint finisher/El Paso County named peaks finisher/nearly state highpoint finisher, and all-around mountain climbing stud Kevin Baker ("Shnbke" -sorry if that embarrassed ya... you deserve a little praise!)... so "easy" is relative when you have a great route finder helping lead your way- thanks Kevin! OH, and THANK YOU CFI for a great trail leading up to the ridge!!!:-)
Posted Aug 21, 2007 9:46 pm

chicagotransplantStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007


Jamie Nellis and I weaved our way up the standard route. I think started out too low in the "green rock" zone, but it worked out just as well. Seems there are as many routes as there are summiters on this one! I agree with the general sentiment that this is not as hard a peak as its made out to be, I never really thought there was any kind of sustained 4th class, just scattered moves here and there.
Posted Jul 8, 2007 12:33 pm

boisedocTough  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 1989


We went up the Northwest Ridge (which it seems no one does anymore) and came down the the Northeast Ridge. The overall hike is steep and I'd say the Northwest Ridge was the toughest 14er scrambling I have done- glad I didnt have to downclimb that ridge. Very loose rock. Would certainly wear a helmet.
Posted Dec 17, 2006 5:23 pm

Rick FPryamid Peak one of the Elks Finest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 1997

Rick F

Climbed this Stunning peal meany times
a huge THANK YOU to the 14nr intaitive for their work ! A job ell done
on one of my favorite peaks
Posted Nov 28, 2006 2:53 pm

BalletBoyNE Ridge: 9/2/06  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006


We had a beautiful blue September sky for this hike. The views across the valley of the Maroon Bells were stunning. Woodie Hopper and I got off-track at the saddle but still summited via a little bit harder route.
Posted Nov 11, 2006 7:35 pm

Ryan KowalskiA classic climb - NE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2006

Ryan Kowalski

A great peak. My opinion is that the difficulty of Pyramid is slightly over rated in dry conditions. I imagine rain or snow would certainly up the danger factor, but I had a great solo hike on Pyramid and was delighted by the curious mtn goat that greeted me at the saddle.
Posted Sep 9, 2006 8:50 pm

Woodie HopperNE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006

Woodie Hopper

Great climb with perfect weather. We got off-track early from the saddle and climbed the green rocks from nearly its base. (Steep but more solid than the rocks to its right.) Awesome views. Climbed with Nord Sandstrom.
Posted Sep 4, 2006 10:09 pm

GahugafugaNE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2006


I was surprised at how easily this one went down until the descent. On the way up, I never felt any exposure or encountered more than the occassional class 3 or 4 move (except for a bit of sustained scrambling in the green rock band). On the way down it felt much more steep and loose. When I finally made it back down into the amphitheater, a massive rockfall came off the north face just to remind me that she's a big and grumpy mountain.
Posted Sep 1, 2006 12:22 am

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