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NatashaRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July, 5, 2005

Natasha

Attempt #2 within 3 days. Got better information and stayed on the standard route this time. Made it to the ridge, but found significant snow in a few places crossing the trail on the other side. The snow was questionable so, we went around as much as possible. Got within 0.16 mi of the summit (per GPS) when I got stopped by snow and a steep climb with a potentially deadly fall as the alternative. My partner made it, while I waited.



This mountain cut and bruised my body, tested my patience, and ended my hiking relationship with my hiking partner, but I'll be back when the snow melts! :)
Posted Jul 7, 2005 1:57 pm

NatashaRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 3, 2005

Natasha

Attempt #1: Lost the trail on the way up the ridge and ended up trying to get on the ridge too far North. Result, got boxed in, in a long gully. Backed out of the gully and headed further South, but it was too late in the day. Good call, about 3 hours later a storm came in.
Posted Jul 7, 2005 12:47 pm

AndinistalocoRoute Climbed: standard, i think... Date Climbed: early summer 97?  Sucess!

Andinistaloco

Fun, exposed climb... and incredible views of the Elks! Traverse was a little on the funky side - watch yourself here!
Posted Jun 3, 2005 3:35 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: North to South traverse Date Climbed: early July 1997  Sucess!

Larry V

A most memorable day. Lots of snow, but not on the ridge itself. Next to El Diente in snow, this was my most difficult climb.
Posted Jan 8, 2005 12:13 am

Rick FRoute Climbed: Bell Cord Coulior Date Climbed: June 16 2004 + many other times  Sucess!

Rick F

get up real real early for this one Sumited around 9 am Postholed down from 13 k or so met a nice gruop who even gave me a cold Fat Tire ! Thanks !
Posted Dec 4, 2004 5:27 pm

mt_daydreamRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!

mt_daydream

Lots of route-finding. The climb was fun mainly due to the route-finding. A member of my team narrowly escaped from being hit by a tumbling rock dislodged by parties higher up. Make sure you wear your HARD HAT! It was raining the previous evening, but had perfect weather on the summit day.
Posted Sep 7, 2004 4:21 am

chuckallenRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 28, 2001  Sucess!

chuckallen

After a 7 hour climb, three young friends and I reached Maroon's summit on a beautiful sunny day. We prepared a detailed photographic trip report of our climb in which we provide dozens of tips about the route, our equipment list and our conditioning program, and also information about access to the mountain, acclimatization, safety and the route itself. You can access the page at http://maroonclimb.com/ or by going to the link on the Trip Reports page for South Maroon Peak on this site.
Posted Jul 13, 2004 4:37 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: Bell Cord Couloir Date Climbed: 7/3/04  Sucess!

coloradoiceclimber

This never ending couloir was an amazing climb. Sam was on Pyramid Peak on the 3rd while we were climbing the Bell Cord on South Maroon and took this photo of our route! S. Maroon From Pyramid 7/3/04 Same Bells Photo From Pyramid 8/31/02



Nate, Bill, and I had a blast in this couloir!

South Maroon Summit!

Posted Jul 4, 2004 10:39 am

xskier77Route Climbed: Bell Cord Couloir Date Climbed: June 12, 2004  Sucess!

xskier77

Got on trail from out campsite at 4:00am. The snow in the couloir was nice and hard and great for crampons. Going up the couloir was very exciting espencially when a rock fell from above about the size of a basketball and came sailing down the couloir as a very fast pace. Thankfully I was not in it's path. The climb from the top of the couloir to the summit of South Maroon was very interesting and different from any other 14er I'd been on.
Posted Jun 13, 2004 7:50 pm

balajisvRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: Aug 31 2003  Sucess!

balajisv

The last mile was a kicker. It's easy to get lost around blind corners on this one.
Posted May 27, 2004 1:59 am

DaveCRoute Climbed: se standard Date Climbed: july 02  Sucess!

DaveC

not as nasty as its rep vis a vis loose rock, but 10 grueling hours, and a real knee burner coming down. met and fell in with 3 other climbers that day. nice place, the elks. my 51st 14er.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:32 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!

sbkelley

The toughest part of the whole thing was that brutal 2,000-foot climb up to the ridge after having done the North Bell the day before. After that, it's good fun scrambling.
Posted May 12, 2004 3:18 pm

gunnersmithRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: August 20, 2003  Sucess!

gunnersmith

Very fun climb. There is a little route finding necessary, but cairnes are everywhere. Actually, there were too many. This was part of a backpacking trip on the 4 pass loop.
Posted Apr 18, 2004 8:53 pm

KaneRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: 8-12-2003  Sucess!

Kane

Sure, the route seems long, but what do you expect from such a complex mountain. When you arrive at the start of the south ridge and look up at the remainder of the route it should be no surprise that it going to take some time. If clouds are beginning to build this is your time to get off the mountain for their are no escape routes once you head off onto the ridge. I thought the route finding on this mountain was an absolute blast and the views from the summit are some of the best I have ever viewed.



I would consider this mountain to be more loose than Pyramid-don't be an idiot, wear a helmet. Hiking up the steep grassy benches to gain the south ridge-I had two experiences with rock missles flying past my route at around 60-70 mph. Pyramid has more sustained climbing and has a lot more exposure.
Posted Aug 12, 2003 8:12 am

RyanSRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: July 19, 2003  Sucess!

RyanS

We ascended the South Ridge and then were off to North Maroon via the traverse.
Posted Jul 21, 2003 11:32 am

ctruscotRoute Climbed: the class3 route Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!
Way too long - goes on forever. This would be better as a snow climb up one of the couloirs in the spring!
Posted Jul 14, 2003 7:17 pm

climberkjpRoute Climbed: Southeast Couloir Date Climbed: July 8, 2000  Sucess!

climberkjp

A fun couloir climb topping out at a little over 40 degrees. Started too late, though, and paid dearly with it - an open bivy in the rain tied to a tree. Enchanting, aren't they?
Posted Oct 22, 2002 12:38 pm

KWANZORRoute Climbed: S. Ridge Date Climbed: Aug. 2000  Sucess!
Obey the turnaround time rule! We got to the top about 30 minutes after the time we had originally set and got

new wave hair-dos! By the way has anyone seen my wire frame Julbos that I wildly flung into the air during my unusually FAST descent?!
Posted Oct 15, 2002 7:21 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Traverse from N. Maroon Date Climbed: July 29 1999  Sucess!

rmjwinters

Tough traverse and terrible rock. The descent down the south ridge was even worse. Slippery, slippery, slippery.
Posted Oct 5, 2002 9:24 pm

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: July 29 2002  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

Traversed south to north with Scott B. Sunny and hot all day. The approach on the ridge seems to go on forever, but it is very well marked with cairns and never harder than class 3. 10 hours car to car.
Posted Aug 3, 2002 8:38 pm

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