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.
Spectacular climb, lots of fun, not too hard. Got off route a bit on the big ascent gully -- lots of loose rock and dirt. Really beautiful and fun the whole way up.
traverse was much easier than expected. followed the exact ridge a majority of the way. climbed a few 5.3-5.4 pitches with one 5.5 move. didn't always follow the easy path in an attempt for fun. smaller summit than expected.
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!