Steep isn't the word for this peak! I was one of (5) soloists that day! The views are amazing! Maroon Bells!
Climbed with Lou Joline, age 71, who was training for the Pikes Peak marathon in 5 days, and Hans Dieter Weisshaar, 62, who would be running the Leadville 100 that weekend as his 11'th 100 mile foot race this year. We got off route and climbed the southernmost notch into the upper portion of the Ampitheatre, which is actually not a bad route since it avoids most of the rocks. We descended the Ampitheatre in a hailstorm. I've now climbed all the CO 14ers but Culebra. Pyramid was my 28'th in 6 weeks.
Like Kane, I thought the most important thing while on Pyramid is trying not to dislodge rocks on people below. I found this mountain to be looser than the Bells, but the climbing, I thought, was never all too difficult. There seems to be a newly cairned route on the NE ridge that avoids the crux wall referred to in Dawson's and Roach's guides. A trip report is available here.
When you read accounts of Pyramid Peak being relentlesslt\y steep, it is true (4,400-ft in 3 miles) Pyramid is an excercise in physical endurance and mental toughness, so be prepared for your tallest order .This mountain is comlplex , exposure is around every corner. The thing I will take away from my day on Pyramid will be dealing with the crumbling rock, being careful not to dislodge debris onto climbers below.
It is steep, but a nice climb. Check out trip report for details.
Relentlessly steep! That is the thing I'll remember most about this climb! The last 1000' are worth all of the grunt work to get there though. Fun route finding, and great summit. Fun ledges and gullies, some loose rock, but mostly solid climbing. Most challenging mountain so far!
Awesome Climb! very steep though, and the "kneebanging" descent was not fun :( I dont know which way Gerry Roach climbed this mountain, but the last thousand feet is not all fatal drops as he exclaims in his guidebook. I think he just gets a little over dramatic in most of his "descriptions".
Not that bad! My favorite of the Elks!
Great climb and spooky in parts! HA! but alot of fun!
One tough climb, but lots of fun. We got into a tight spot toward the summit (bordering on class 5) with route finding, but did manage to finally find the route.
Simply amazing...yet, my heart was beating pretty quickly for the last hour...very steep, and every step means something...so be careful!