Started from the trailhead about 5am, summited at 9:30. Great climb, fun and relatively stable class 3 with a few class 4 spots from 13,500'. Chased off the summit by an early bout of storms -- lots of electrical activity and graupel for about 20 minutes. Still, what a blast! #47 of the 54 14ers for me!
Weather came early despite the slight chance forcast. Traverse was not a good idea when I reached the top. oh well. 4 hr 50 min round trip from the trailhead with 45 min summit stay. 53rd 14er!
I had my first experience with the Maroon Bells today and it turned out to be a perfect day. A friend and I drove to the trailhead last night, slept for a few hours and then started at 3 am. We first climbed South Maroon Peak and reached the summit at 8:30 and then did the traverse to North Maroon and had a wonderful time. Due to some knee problems (my friend always has them and I had a stupid crash on my bike last week and hurt my knee) however, the descent was pretty grueling.
Started at 4 am from the trailhead, reached summit around 9 am. Fun class 4 scramble, great views of Snowmass and Capitol from the top.
It took some work, but Old Ickabod and I reached the summit. It is steep and exposed at times, but careful routefinding and caution pays off. We planned on doing the traverse, but winds and snow changed our minds. A great peak!
Climbed with summitpost.org members vanny37 and alana. Read my trip report.
It took some work, but Alpine Master and I reached the summit. It is steep and exposed at times, but careful routefinding and caution pays off. We planned on doing the traverse, but winds and snow changed our minds. A great peak!
Did this with my Dad at age 55.
Fun climb... watch yourself on the traverse between the two peaks, though!
Lots of snow, treacherous in spots. Aaron and I were among the first to climb the Maroon Bells that summer.
There is a half inch or snow on top and off an on fog. I'ts actually realitively clear as compared to our view of South Maroon. We were going to do the North to South traverse however the clouds and snow are conspiring against us. Inspite of ir all its actually a very beautiful day to climb.
Snow and ice above 13,000 ft made for a fun and interesting climb. 4th class crux may be hardest move on any 14er standard route.
The traverse from south to north was one of the best 14er traverses I've done. Last week we did Little Bear/Blanca and this traverse was so much different. The route finding was pretty easy for the most part although we may have made a few mistakes because we wound up climbing some definate 5th class rock. The traverse took about 2 hours and the summit of North was one of the best summits I've been on.
oh yeah; this was fun. only 2 others out all day, excellent week of climbing from crater lake, with this one in the 'backyard.' hard but fun.
This mountain will require your absolute attention but it's a great one. The first time I laid eyes on it, I didn't see any possible way a human being could get up to the summit. The funny part was, after I climbed it and was looking back at it, I had that same thought running through my head. It's that good!
Surprisingly nice day out there on Saturday. The Bells were gorgeous deep reds from the recent precipitation. I would imagine they got a dusting of snow on Saturday night & Sunday. A TR is available here.
The traverse is everything it's cracked up to be. Challenging and rewarding with a fantastic position between two amazing mountains. A TR is available here.
We were on the summit of North Maroon Peak at 12 - TOO LATE!!!! We learned this lesson the hard way as we were pinned down for a couple of hours waiting for a storm to pass. Ended up bivying on the side of the mountain all night in the rain as a result. Key to the Bells - an EARLY START!!!!! Beautiful, though
Beautiful peak and terrible rock. Considerate party above us made boulder dodging an art for us. Made traverse to South peak.
Not as hard as guide book's descriptions. The best veiws of the Maroon area climbs. Not a mountain for new climbers with allot of route finding, rockfall, exposure, ect.