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shknbkeRoute Climbed: NE ridge Date Climbed: Sept 10, 2005  Sucess!

shknbke

A challenging mountain, but if you do not get off route the class 4 moves are minimal. We avoided the steep part of the pale green wall coming down. Tremendous views and an airy summit!
Posted Sep 13, 2005 5:49 pm

jwproulxRoute Climbed: NE Ridge Date Climbed: 13 August 2005

jwproulx

With Martin Nagel, his third 14er. This was one of the most fun climbs I've been on. The scenery is beautiful, and seems to change every few minutes, as does the climbing. I didn't find the new route nearly as hard as I expected it to be (based on older descriptions). The new trail that's going in will make it easier to find the way up to the basin.
Posted Sep 6, 2005 6:01 pm

bernardhohmanRoute Climbed: Standard--Green Couloir Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2005  Sucess!

bernardhohman

It was a great day and the route was cairned pretty well.
Posted Aug 8, 2005 8:35 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: green couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2005

big_g

Nice trip but I'd rate the new std green couloir route only class 2 with occasional short class 3 - sort of defangs the mountain somewhat.
Posted Aug 8, 2005 8:05 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: 7-23-05  Sucess!

doumall

Pyramid is a lot of fun. I thought the climbing was straight forward and not too difficult despite having no rock climbing expirence. 3h25m up, 2h25min down. 47th 14er!
Posted Jul 25, 2005 2:03 pm

Genghis ClimberRoute Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: June 14, 2005

Genghis Climber

Did not summit that trip but a fun time nonetheless. The talus and scree approach to the ampitheater sucked, but from there it was a good climb. I had to turn back becuase there was too much snow still on the ledges and I was only carrying water, no ice axe or anything.
Posted Jul 15, 2005 12:35 am

altitude14erRoute Climbed: Class 4 Maroon Lake Trailhead Approach Date Climbed: 09/2004  Sucess!

altitude14er

This climbs difficulty is overrated and won't exceed Class 3 if you pay attention to where you are walking I climbed this with asphazell
Posted Mar 20, 2005 8:05 pm

AsphazellRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!

Asphazell

I love this mountain. It is a hard approach, but the last 1000 feet are pure BLISS, just keep your ears sharp and your eyes open for the unrelenting rockfall from above. Snow storm came in 5 minutes after the summit was attained, so that really kicked in the adrenaline! I will climb this one again for sure...
Posted Mar 1, 2005 12:52 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: August 1996  Sucess!

Larry V

Climbed with nephew Aaron. Whew, what a mountain!
Posted Jan 8, 2005 12:00 am

fritzdRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 26, 2004  Sucess!

fritzd

Light intermittant snow fall in the clouds blowing by. Man it's great to be on top of a fourteener again. One of our party got altitude sickness on the way up, and we ended up getting caught in the rain and hail on the way down. Everybody made it back safe though. Great climb. We met some people on our way up that climbed up a "Southwest Coulour?" route.
Posted Oct 23, 2004 5:33 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 31, 2004  Sucess!

sbkelley

One of the more fun mountains out there, but climbing two steep couloirs was kind of a pain! The last part is well worth it...unless a guy above you kicks a rock the size of a refrigerator down on a party of 12 below him. I was watching this from just above the narrow ledge and it was pretty scary - thankfully, everyone got out of the way. Watch out for loose rocks, but don't forget to have fun.
Posted Sep 9, 2004 1:06 am

jvossRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 3, 2004  Sucess!

jvoss

Wow was this steep! That last section coming down was not fun. The section above the saddle was a blast and the views at the top were fantastic. Thought the danger/exposure factor was a bit over-hyped as the climbing was pretty straighforward.
Posted Aug 9, 2004 12:31 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 3, 2004  Sucess!

xskier77

Met at the park and ride at 2am and where on trail at 5am. The climb up was very steep and challenging. Routefinding was pretty simple and the climbing up the ridge was very exciting and fun. We hit the summit at 10am and the views from the summit of the Bells, Snowmass and Capital were amazing. This was my 51st 14er and now I just have Capital, Culebra, and Pikes left!!! woohoo
Posted Jul 3, 2004 11:44 pm

DaveCRoute Climbed: the left one (NE?) Date Climbed: july 02  Sucess!

DaveC

now we're talkin.' excellent climb, part of a week of it from crater lake. my 53rd of 54 14ers, with only pikes to go . nothin left to do but smile, smile, smile.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:20 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 31, 2002  Sucess!

coloradoiceclimber

Steep isn't the word for this peak! I was one of (5) soloists that day! The views are amazing! Maroon Bells!
Posted Apr 10, 2004 7:38 pm

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: NE ridge Date Climbed: Aug. 12, 2003  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

Climbed with Lou Joline, age 71, who was training for the Pikes Peak marathon in 5 days, and Hans Dieter Weisshaar, 62, who would be running the Leadville 100 that weekend as his 11'th 100 mile foot race this year. We got off route and climbed the southernmost notch into the upper portion of the Ampitheatre, which is actually not a bad route since it avoids most of the rocks. We descended the Ampitheatre in a hailstorm. I've now climbed all the CO 14ers but Culebra. Pyramid was my 28'th in 6 weeks.

Photos
Posted Feb 19, 2004 7:55 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: 8/10/03  Sucess!

RyanS

Like Kane, I thought the most important thing while on Pyramid is trying not to dislodge rocks on people below. I found this mountain to be looser than the Bells, but the climbing, I thought, was never all too difficult. There seems to be a newly cairned route on the NE ridge that avoids the crux wall referred to in Dawson's and Roach's guides. A trip report is available here.
Posted Aug 11, 2003 12:42 pm

KaneRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: 8-10-2003  Sucess!

Kane

When you read accounts of Pyramid Peak being relentlesslt\y steep, it is true (4,400-ft in 3 miles) Pyramid is an excercise in physical endurance and mental toughness, so be prepared for your tallest order .This mountain is comlplex , exposure is around every corner. The thing I will take away from my day on Pyramid will be dealing with the crumbling rock, being careful not to dislodge debris onto climbers below.
Posted Aug 9, 2003 9:24 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: East ridge Date Climbed: June 17 2002  Sucess!

rmjwinters

It is steep, but a nice climb. Check out trip report for details.
Posted Oct 6, 2002 6:25 pm

alrac35Route Climbed: NE Ridge Date Climbed: July 21, 2002  Sucess!
Relentlessly steep! That is the thing I'll remember most about this climb! The last 1000' are worth all of the grunt work to get there though. Fun route finding, and great summit. Fun ledges and gullies, some loose rock, but mostly solid climbing. Most challenging mountain so far!
Posted Jul 22, 2002 3:41 pm

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