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Jeremy HakesGreat peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2002

Jeremy Hakes

Great traverse.
Posted Feb 21, 2011 10:54 am

climbingfurryseveral times  Sucess!

climbingfurry

have climbed Maroon Peak on its own and by doing the traverse. One of my Colorado favorites
Posted Jan 24, 2011 10:05 am

centrifugewith some extra spice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2009

centrifuge

there was snow and ice on the way up, was a cool climb
Posted Jan 13, 2011 12:33 am

Panthera unciaRinging da Bells!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2010

Panthera uncia

Left the TH very early and did this one solo. Climbed the Bell Chord and was nearly killed by rockfall triggered by frightened mountain goats while in the couloir. Went up South Maroon first and then traversed over to North Maroon. The whole experience was both physically and mentally challenging, but also very rewarding.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 6:20 pm

thatnissanguyThe Bell Cord Couloir and Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010

thatnissanguy

Great climb. Descent from South Maroon back to the Cord was a little sketch. Climbing on the traverse was STELLAR.
Posted Dec 18, 2010 9:56 pm

Montana MattSteep!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2008

Montana Matt

A large group of us (Kevin, Matt, myself and two others I'd not met before) ascended the south ridge. Good weather and a great day!
Posted Dec 11, 2010 1:30 pm

BLongFor whom the Bell Tolls  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2010

BLong

South Maroon was a big, loose, icy, snowy peak on the day we climbed it. The traverse was a bit hairy.
Posted Sep 28, 2010 11:48 pm

blueshadeMaroon Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2010

blueshade

Very nice scramble. Traverse is a little gnarly in places but doable by a confident climber.
Posted Sep 23, 2010 12:24 pm

vidclimberSouth to North  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2010

vidclimber

Geat hike. Not as much scrambling as I thought. The Treavse made it a great climb.
Posted Sep 11, 2010 1:03 pm

GrumpyJohnMy First 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2010

GrumpyJohn

Nice hike. Great Goats!
Posted Aug 30, 2010 9:56 pm

theREALCarpeDMstandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010

theREALCarpeDM

The 2800 feet to gain the ridge was the WORST! Except for that it was fun - but Pyramid is better.
Posted Aug 7, 2010 1:04 am

metal4lyfBell Cord and Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2010

metal4lyf

This was an incredible but long day. I'm not sure if we took the hard way from the rock glacier on descent. RT 16:45
Posted Aug 3, 2010 11:43 pm

strudolyubovSouth to North Maroon Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2010

strudolyubov

Climbed South Maroon Peak via standard route. Started from Maroon Lake at 5am and reached the summit at 10:20am. Continued on the traverse to North Maroon Peak. Nice walk in the valley followed by annoying loose ascent of the south ridge and some enjoyable scrambling to the summit. Good weather, great views.
Posted Jul 18, 2010 12:49 pm

seanoStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2010

seano

Long grind from Maroon Creek. Should have done the bell cord or Y-couloir instead. Trip report
Posted Jun 25, 2010 6:11 pm

DigglerBell Cord  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2010

Diggler

Brutal day! Eric picked me up from the airport at 22.30 the night before. Had to give it a go on the day after I flew in, as weather forecast for next 3 days terrible, & Eric had to leave by Sunday.

Rolled into the porcupine-occupied Bells campground & ready to sleep ~3.30. Woke up 5.45. Ugh. Left day-use parking lot @ 6.43. Made good progress on chill approach. Crater Lake & environs beautiful- would be a wonderful place to camp.

Slow progress up the couloir, being we were both wasted from less than 3 hours of sleep. Snow slushy but consolidated. Ambiguous wording in guidebook led us to do an inobvious ascent above the Garbage Chutes on the R, instead of what appeared to be (upon inspection afterwards) the standard way up to the L.

After through the Garbage Chutes, angle amazingly consistent until the couloir terminus. Awesome to look down at the top of the couloir & see 3,000' straight down to the river!

While mostly good through the climb, the weather seemed like it might turn upon our reaching the notch. It hailed/snow lightly for a bit, making the rocks above wet. Despite my reservations about the questionable looking clouds above, as well as the slippery rocks, I decided there was no way I was leaving after all the effort expended at this point without giving it a go.

Despite the decent exposure at the get-go from the notch, holds were big and manageable. Went up steadily. From a technical standpoint, the climbing was not difficult; what was notable was the feeling that every hold might come out, the at-times huge exposure, and the rubble-covered downward sloping ledges. Moving across rock, vs. slushy snow, though, was gratifying, and the distance to the summit from the notch is relatively short. Moved on up, summiting at 15.14. Took a few photos, relished the fog in front of the amazing views, & departed at 15.21.

Getting to the notch, we took care of some odds & ends, & left ~ 16.45. Snow conditions (slushy with little bearing capacity) made me decide to downclimb the couloir facing in, which took some time.

It got dark a little above the Garbage Chutes, so instead of wasting a ton of time trying to find the way down our convoluted route, we just decided to bivy in our safe, relatively flat location.

While it was one of the shortest nights of the year, it was one of the longest nights of my life... Doubt either of us slept more than half an hour. After untold suffering, we finally departed shortly before 5. Route-finding & remaining downclimbing was uneventful. Got back to the parking lot ~9.30. While enjoying some recovery beers at the truck, SAR came by & found us, ensuring we were OK- thanks for looking out, Lark!

Epic trip with a good friend. Timing worked out great- the afternoon we returned it rained non-stop, with mountains hidden behind thick clouds.



Witnessed numerous incidences of rockfall.
Posted Jun 14, 2010 1:00 pm

dclimb14meAwesome  Sucess!

dclimb14me

Awe inspiring, great views off the back to Snowmass and Capital. One of my favorites.
Posted Apr 26, 2010 12:18 am

bryangast2 day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1997

bryangast

A with the connecting traverse.
Posted Jan 7, 2010 10:14 pm

myroneSouth Maroon via Maroon Lake TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2009

myrone

Started up at 4:45AM and reached summit via south ridge route with several new friends at 11:31AM . Headed back down at 12:00 noon and back to the TH at 5:45PM. My 48th 14'er with perfect weather all day long....sweet!
Posted Sep 12, 2009 2:40 pm

cftbqSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2009

cftbq

Camped overnight at the bent tree to shorten this route. The Hill of Death is unrelenting, and god-awful loose; actually worse coming down. Swung wide to the left to minimize the slope and enjoy more of the ridge. 10 hrs. RT with some 40 min. on the top in flawless summer sunshine. Route finding is challenging. Gullies are loose and crappy. Actual rock climbing and ridge walking is outstanding.
Posted Aug 21, 2009 1:55 am

noahs213One Traumatic Experience  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2009

noahs213

Horrible luck. Planned the traverse. Perfect weather turned into a whiteout and thunder on the middle of it. Long story short. Me and my climbing partner had to get rescued out by the Aspen Mountain Rescue. Will post a TR soon.
Posted Aug 2, 2009 5:19 am

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