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Ted EliasonLongest couloir in memory  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2008

Ted Eliason

A 4000 foot ramp to the saddle and summit. Runneled. Turned back from the base of the crux on the traverse due to thunder.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 3:04 pm

Pete Castriconewith N. Maroon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2011

Pete Castricone

Rotten rock is not as bad as advertised.
Posted Aug 23, 2011 2:18 pm

ripper333traverse S to N  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2011
beautiful day in the elks.. hour traverse to north.. climbed with pete.. surprisingly escaped weather most of the day..
Posted Aug 22, 2011 12:14 pm

zoomloco4th classic traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2010


Nice traverse; probably 2nd best next to blanca traverse. Tr here http://zoomloco.xanga.com/732717261/purple-mountain-majesties/
Posted Jul 16, 2011 4:47 pm

Up2zmtnsbells traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2010
traversed in 45 mins.
Posted Mar 19, 2011 1:45 pm

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

Jeremy Hakes

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

climbingfurryseveral times  Sucess!


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

theREALCarpeDMstandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010


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


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


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

DigglerBell Cord  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2010


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!


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


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

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


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

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