Climbed with my friend Mike B. Due to the routes name, we expected to be on the ridge top proper most of the way; Instead the route ascends two long gullies. Still an incredible scramble!
Did the "real" traverse, following the ridgeline almost the entire way across. A few class 4 sections, 1 5-easy(as Andy dubs it) section. Rock was pretty good along the ridge, better than the ledges on the sides. Descended the standard route(NE ridge), nice views but loose and crappy. Two in our party roped up for a few spots, I didn't find it necessary if you are comfortable with C4.
Did the traverse, which is fairly exposed and totally awesome. Route finding is pretty easy and rock is much better than most describe!
Last day of non-snowy season. After departing N for S peak blizzard conditions followed me. 9 hours car to car. 18 hours Leadville to Leadville including 6 in South Canyon Hot Springs. I love Colorado.
Saw the same dead mountain goat off the summit of North Maroon that others saw. Bandaged up some 'guide' showing off for his client. Loved the downclimb to the traverse and the long hike out. Beautiful weather and a good time..
Climbed this in wet weather. Could get in trouble if you get off route. There were painted bulls eyes at the time I climbed it.Would wear a helmet if I did it again.
About that time where you should have crampons. There was about 3-4" of snow on the North sides of each Bell. Made the traverse slow and the day long. Glad I got to do them though!!
Did S to N traverse on an awesome day. The weather held the whole day. Stayed on west side of ridge to avoid class 5 stuff and regained the ridge past the difficulties. Followed a couple women down N. Maroon who had done the route. The dihedral was a little tricky downclimbing.
WoW!. These mountains without snow are no joke, last time I climbed them there was tons of great snow pack and everything was solid. this time it was a whole different animal. route finding was a bit of a problem, mostly because there was fresh powder and ice on both north facing slopes. 2 people turned around back, Mike and I were the only ones to sunnit this day (I wrote the wrong date on the registers though LOL) The Traverse was not as bad except one route finding problem but still no big deal.
We climbed the Bell Cord Coulior and then went over to South Maroon. The weather was in no way threatening so we headed over to North Maroon which was pretty challenging. There was still quite a bit of snow on the ridge. Those few class 5 pitches were no joke. But we made it successfully with our brains hurting from all the route finding. I know why its considered one of the Great 14er Traverses now.
Great day, awesome traverse, but watch out for the loose stuff! Knee-pulping descent of the NE Ridge, worsened by thunderstorms which started before I got back to timberline.
We climbed the Bells first on August 27 (North Maroon would be my 27th fourteener)
Took 2 hours to make the traverse. The climb out was long, a great day, #50
Nice tour, pretty surprising route works out well with little difficulty and pretty good rock in summer conditions. Of course a beautiful spot too.
This was my 5th 14er, and I definitely had no idea what I was doing. I went and scouted out the approach a couple days before, and it seemed straightforward enough, but when I did it, I got off-route a bit toward the top and scared silly. I always thought this is the hardest 14er, but I wasn't sure, so I went back in 2002 to try the route again, and it was just as hard (but not as scary), although we didn't summit because of a hail storm the night before, as the last couple hundred feet were covered in verglas.
Saw a dead mountain goat below the summit block, which was kind of ominous. The descent was heinous in the dark and rain, and so was the fact that we missed the last bus and had to walk most of that paved road.
Great climb. Very loose, but a fun route finding problem. Don't descend it though.
Fun stuff, simple route up, couple of routes to speed things up on the traverse. 10:00 car to car for the traverse....
Awesome climb. Some fresh snow and perfect weather. The Traverse was fantastic and I highly recommend it.
Boulder to North Maroon Peak to South Maroon Peak to Dillon Dam Brewery to Boulder: 20.5 hours.