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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

ktiffany22The word "failure" is relative....
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2007

ktiffany22

2,800 vertical feet in just over a mile... OUCH. A melt-down at the saddle (at 44 14ers completed, the tough ones are getting to me). Tired from our great ascent of Pyramid the day before. 10:20am, RAIN a'comin:-( Decided to bail 300 feet from the summit as we were slower than we thought and didn't want to be caught in a thunderstorm. Rain let up 20 minutes later, but we were already dropped 600 feet (that had taken us an hour to climb). Bummer. Continued down. Don't need to take my chances. I love my husband more than any mountain summit. Result of this loose, nasty, exposed mountain? We don't want to ever go back. We now have a new "goal" of hitting 50 14ers instead of finishing all 55... may change our minds if we have a brain lapse!:-O
Posted Aug 21, 2007 10:01 pm

chicagotransplantStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

chicagotransplant

Climbed the standard route with Shanahan96, Jamie Nellis and Denalibound. The ascent had us a little side tracked as we lost the trail up the face in the dark and followed a misleading cairn to a wrong ledge when on the upper mountain. The route was much easier to follow on descent though, and I would say that once you know the route it is actually kind of enjoyable. The ridge crest at the finish was delightfully solid and had some great scrambling. Bailed on the traverse because I didn't trust the clouds.
Posted Aug 19, 2007 12:31 pm

bernardhohmanLong Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

bernardhohman

Weather was perfect all day. Completed the traverse as well.
Posted Aug 12, 2007 10:59 am

stardrivinPerfect Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2006

stardrivin

Did south to north traverse. Epic day. Took rope but never used it. Sketchiest part was the downclimb into the notch, otherwise not too bad. Could easily be made more dicey by forcing another line.
Posted Aug 1, 2007 6:09 pm

KieferSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2007

Kiefer

Questionable weather all day. Too much ice/hail build-up on the traverse to make any attempt at the North Peak. Cool mountain though! The downclimb on the east side completely sucked!
Posted Jul 26, 2007 10:29 pm

thebeave7Bell Cord and the Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2007

thebeave7

What a way to spend the 4th. 2am start got up the Cord around 7am. The climbing wasn't as rotten as I had expected, and I rather enjoyed it, plus the scenery is awesome.
Posted Jul 6, 2007 12:42 am

Dan DaltonFirst time seeing the bells...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2007

Dan Dalton

ever, and did an awesome traverse. We did the Bell Cord Couloir, and I have a feeling this is much quikcer and more fun than the standard route up the South Bell.

Dan
Posted Jun 24, 2007 2:42 am

mow10Peak experience  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 1999

mow10

N peak first, traversed something besides path of least resistance, solo, no rope, glad to be in one piece after that.
Posted Mar 17, 2007 6:48 am

Greg IafelieceFrom the North  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2004

Greg Iafeliece

Traversed from North. Yeah, should have brought rope. Beautiful weather. Thankful to be with someone familiar with the routefinding on these peaks. Hope to come back in the winter someday.
Posted Feb 18, 2007 12:29 am

Rick FGraand Teton  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2000

Rick F

Climed 4 times once in winter not fun in winter .
Exum ridge route start early very early to avoid traffic.
Greaviews bring marromot pika poof food container or lose all your food like the guys near me did on a nice summer climb
Posted Oct 24, 2006 3:28 pm

Rick FPramid Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006

Rick F

Climbed a few times same route frpom Maroon lake with afew small varaitions .
Posted Oct 24, 2006 3:25 pm

lilmantisAfter North Maroon...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2006

lilmantis

Did the traverse from North to South. Rapped the crux, negotiated steep, exposed and snow covered climbing. Glad to get them out of the way.
Posted Sep 15, 2006 10:15 pm

shknbkeSouth ridge/traverse to North  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2006

shknbke

Dayhiked the Bells, starting around 3am. The grunt to the south ridge is brutal, although there was more of a trail than expected. The routefinding on the backside was a little more challenging, but not bad.
Posted Sep 15, 2006 6:29 pm

DudeThatMustHurtWoW! part 2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2006

DudeThatMustHurt

Mike and I doing the North to South traverse I was scared from the Bel Cord and on, the whole north face of the South Bell was covered with slippery wet snow and ice, I was wearing Trail Runners and my feet were soaked. Route finding here became almost epic and I ended up following goat tracks mostly to the summit. I slipped almost to my fate more than once here. Finally summiting the South Bell and taking photo's I could not catch my breath until about 20 minutes after the summit because I was still nervous of everything we had gone through. The descent was close to Epic as well. I took the wrong gully down and had more than one class 5 move to negotiate to get back to the main trail. i had some bowling ball sized rocks zinging past my head for about 45 minutes, I slipped and busted my ass more than once.. It turned out to be a very long day..
This is what climbing is all about though right?? HELL YA!
Posted Sep 13, 2006 5:09 pm

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