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jrfSouth Ridge
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2008

jrf

11.5 hours to do South Maroon. We elected not to do the traverse. We did have perfect September weather all day. The descent back down to the valley was brutal on the knees.
Posted Mar 24, 2009 12:01 am

COhawkeyeSouth Ridge and Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008

COhawkeye

Slog up the slope but worth it once the traverse began.
Posted Mar 18, 2009 1:46 pm

ajfraserbrutal bell cord  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2008

ajfraser

I would normally never attempt a snow climb this late in the summer, but after some reconnaissance we found that last winter's epic snowpack was still holding deep and strong into August. With a 3 a.m. start we found the snow to be plenty hard up until the last 100 meters to the saddle as the sunrise began the thaw. That being said, there were a couple sketchy snow bridges to circumnavigate from underlying meltwater hollowing tunnels and 3 or more short sections where late thaw left 15 foot crux pitches of 60+ degrees. Very hands on and sustained. A very long and demanding couloir, but outstanding. Final rock scramble to S. summit was enjoyable, and a relief to finally shed the crampons. Descent of Maroon's east slope is every bit as brutal as described. Knees will be screaming at the bottom. Brilliant day.
Posted Aug 26, 2008 12:27 pm

mtnhiker13South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008

mtnhiker13

Maroon Peak is a great mountain indeed. A little brutal on the way down otherwise it might rank in my top 5 ever. Once you gained the south ridge - the climbing was fun! And the route finding made it challenging as well - never a dull moment all the way to the top. I would have liked to enjoy the summit a bit more but we knew it would a long climb back down.
Posted Aug 24, 2008 11:13 pm

altitude14erRoute Climbed: South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

altitude14er

A fun scramble, it's all relative but I thought it was more fun than challenging. Bumped into this guy Aaron (also solo) and we decided to climb to the top together. Very high!!
Posted Jul 25, 2008 1:48 am

MountainHikerCOLong Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

MountainHikerCO

This was my third climb of Maroon. It was a very long day, starting and ending in the dark. We did the standard route. I left some skin from my hands behind on a rock that relocated when I grabbed it.
My second climb was on 7-24-99
Posted Jul 23, 2008 5:53 pm

hhsilleckRoute climbed: Bell Cord  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2008

hhsilleck

Perfect conditions on the snow, but still some worrying rockfall. Really fun snow climb and a neat summit. With Derek Dalton.
Posted Jul 22, 2008 6:28 pm

s_tuning@msn.comBell Cord  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2008

s_tuning@msn.com

Long day... Thunderstorms started about 11am and kept up off and on all the way back to the TH at 1700.
Posted Jul 3, 2008 7:34 pm

vanhornebell cord  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008

vanhorne

Perfect weather. Did the Traverse also. Getting down off North maroon was interesting due to the large amount of snow still covering the trail.
Posted Jun 24, 2008 2:14 pm

Eric HolleBell Cord  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2008

Eric Holle

Ben, Dan and I climbed the Bell Cord and traversed to the summit of Maroon Peak on a very warm day. We skied from just below the couloir, but not the whole thing becuase of poor snow conditions. We climbed the Bell Cord a week prior and traversed to N Maroon Pk.
Posted Jun 16, 2008 10:30 pm

SarahThompson3x, Memorable Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2005

SarahThompson

7/30/05 - Std route.

7/29/06 - Std route with traverse to North Maroon.

1/20/13 - Climbed the Bell Cord and lived to tell about it.
Posted Mar 28, 2008 11:06 pm

MountainHikerCOSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1992

MountainHikerCO

This was my first climb of South Maroon. I did the standard South Ridge route. A friendly marmot tried to get in my pack.
Posted Feb 15, 2008 11:31 pm

tomlaurenBells Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2007

tomlauren

From camp at Crater Lake, climbed the South Ridge of South Maroon Peak, performed the traverse to North Maroon Peak, then descended North Maroon's Northeast Ridge back to camp with my friend Keith. Descending Maroon Peak for the start of the traverse was one of the sketchiest parts. Picture steep slabs covered in ball bearings. Slipped and cut my leg on that section - still have the scar five months later.
Posted Feb 1, 2008 10:15 pm

utclimberBells Traverse  Sucess!
I climbed both Bells in a day, doing South Maroon first. The route finding wasn't too hard, and we left the rope in the pack all day.
Posted Jan 13, 2008 11:23 pm

MattGreeneRang the Bells  Sucess!
Found North Maroon and the traverse to be relatively easy. I rappelled once, not out of necessity, but more because I'd have hated to carry a rope and not use it. Surprisingly, descending South Maroon was the hard part. I must've been off route. There were cairns around me, but the grass was so steep and slick I felt like I needed a "grass axe" to stop myself if I fell.
Posted Dec 1, 2007 9:08 pm

HyadventureSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2007

Hyadventure

Technically easy: Low third.
Physically demanding: its gunna kick your butt.
Fun route finding: If you're off route the solution is almost always to the left (or up and to the left).
Dangerous: It's very loose and a rock kicked off the ridge will roll 2000' before it stops. Put your brain bucket on as soon as you leave the main trail.
And four mountain goats joined us on the summit. Fun day! Fun peak!
Posted Sep 24, 2007 7:15 pm

cp0915South Ridge and Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007

cp0915

With Andy. Quite fun.

There's gravel everywhere along the route, but the climbing rock itself wasn't bad at all. We stayed damn-near true to the crest along the entire traverse, car-to-car'ing the route in 9.5 hours. Solo'd everything.

Oh yeah, route-finding our way off of North Maroon wasn't nearly as bad as we were led to believe. There's an obvious trail for 90% of it.

Talked to a couple of guys who'd done the traverse the day before. Took them 15.5 hours in what they described as perfect weather. Not sure how that's possible.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 10:20 am

Mots010South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007

Mots010

Great day on a fun route. Bailed on the traverse due to heavy cloud build up early in the AM. Turned out to be a bluebird day...oh well. Two days later on Pyramid under the same conditions the thunderstorms built up as I expected two days earlier.
Posted Sep 3, 2007 10:51 pm

GahugafugaS Ridge and Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2007

Gahugafuga

What a slog. Glad to have knocked this summit off - may I never set foot on that mountain again.
Posted Sep 1, 2007 3:37 pm

Woodie HopperSouth Ridge and Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2007

Woodie Hopper

Steep scree slopes up to South Maroon's ridge at ~13,300ft. Made it to the summit by 8:30. Climbed with Dave and Steve Donaldson. Great and long day.
Posted Aug 27, 2007 12:26 am

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