I felt this was the crux of...

I felt this was the crux of the south-to-north traverse of the Maroon Bells (July 16, 2005). Note the climbers for a sense of scale. The orange marks class 4 or less and the red marks class 5 (I would say in the 5.3-5.4 range). I would definitely rappel it if doing the north-to-south traverse.


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Diggler - Jul 18, 2005 4:09 pm - Voted 10/10

Looks exposed!

Did you guys rope up? Looks like some fun climbing!


Andy - Jul 20, 2005 11:55 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Looks exposed!

We didn't rope up. The holds were very good and we just took our time and were very careful. You're right though, I fall there probably wouldn't be a good idea.


Andy - Jul 20, 2005 11:56 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Hmmm

That's interesting. Maybe we avoided your first crux somehow. I definitely thought this was the hardest thing for us.

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson - Jul 18, 2005 7:40 pm - Voted 10/10

Great Route Photo

Good job on this one, Andy!


Andy - Oct 27, 2006 5:51 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Holy Sh*t!

I didn't even pay attention to see what the pro looked like. The party we were following did have a rope in case one of their members got scared (she didn't), but I think they would have just hip belayed her from the top. The hard part is so short (20'-30') that setting up anchors and placing protection would just take a lot of time and effort. It's better just to grit your teeth and go for it IMHO.

If that looks scary and you're willing to carry a rope and harness then you might as well go N-to-S so you don't have to worry about pro (just bring some webbing and a couple of rap rings).

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jul 24, 2009 11:56 pm - Voted 10/10


I heard that it is easier to traverse North to South...
Great photo and gives a good idea about what to expect.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Sierra Ledge Rat - Jan 28, 2010 9:53 pm - Voted 10/10

What are talking about?

Looks like a walk in the park, you pansy!

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