Spectacular mountain an dperfect conditions. Well cairned.
Pyramid is a demanding mountain and requires your complete attention. The Green Couloir is probably the sketchiest part of the route.
CFI did a great job on the route up the slope to the basin and the entire route was well cairned. Very easy to follow.
What a great mountain and well deserved of its reputation as one of the more challenging 14ers.
Did the standard route on a beautiful day. Difficult but very rewarding.
Fun stuff - except that gully up to 12,800ft. :) Agreed - only a handful of class 4 moves on the summit ridge, and that's really only if you want them. The "easy route" is very well-marked with cairns.
This was an awesome treat for my first Elk peak. I would not suggest this approach, but I flew in from RI the day before and went straight to Maroon Lake, then got up at 4am and climbed Pyramid. The altitude didn't bother me too much but I was tired.
Summitted for approxamately 3 minutes (bad weather) en route on the traverse from Thunder Pyramid. Gnarly traverse. This mountain has some of the best views though!
A wonderful day and overall enjoyable scramble via the NE ridge. Kudos to the 14er initiative for great work on the approach trails. I would say that the difficulty is a bit overrated, as it can easily be kept at class 3 without too much routefinding struggle. If you are looking for more of a challenge, however, you can enjoy some 4th and 5th class excitement nearer to the ridge, provided you don't mind the exposure. The rock is not as rotten as I had anticipated, especially compared to scrambles in the San Juans. Given the abundant snowfall, there is still a possibility to glissade most of the gullies on the return, shaving up to an hour off your descent. Enjoy!
Up & down the NE Ridge Route. Great weather for a late start. Everyone else there was already coming down, which gave us the whole place to ourselves for most of the day. Pretty sweet on a Sunday, especially on a peak like this. This route is certainly not very sustained class 4 if you pay attention to where you're going. Crumbly, though the rock under the crud actually isn't so bad, it's just covered with a layer of mess that forces you to think more about your placements. I brushed the gravelly stuff aside several times to reveal a hold that was plenty solid. A thoroughly enjoyable climb, a little sketchy, but far less than I had prepared myself for.
This was a great way to do Pyramid! This one offered a little of everything today including snow. Despite the crumbling rock, this is one of my favorites.
pile of crumbling rocks. We had several close calls with rock fall. Not only is it important to be the first ones up the last stretch, but it helps to get down before the next group too. We dodged several medium-sized boulders and numerous plate sized rocks on the descent.
We started out with overcast ominous looking skies. We decided that if we heard nearby thunder we would just turn back. As happens sometimes in Colorado, the skies cleared for the more difficult sections and we had a nice summit. This all changed on the way down with a light rain once we reached the north basin.
7/31/05 - Climbed the standard NE ridge, my first 4th class peak. Would like to go back and climb the NW ridge route.
1/1/12 - Winter ascent via west face and NW ridge from camp at Crater Lake. Great way to kick off the new year!
I really enjoyed Pyramid Peak...I wrote a trip report here: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=3817&parmuser=astrobassman&cpgm=tripuser I think I'll return and try Thunder Pyramid to Pyramid next summer.
This was my second time climbing Pyramid. We went up the NW ridge and came down the NE ridge.
This was my first climb of Pyramid. We did it via the NW ridge.
I love the class 4 rock. This is one of my favorite climbs I have done in CO.
Fun mountain. Short and to the point. In the last 300 feet to the summit I think I made things harder than it needed to be. I traversed one gully too far and had to make some insanely exposed 4th class moves. Found a much better descent route that stayed closer to the east face.
Great views from the top.
Ascended the Northwest ridge and desceded the Northeast ridge route. Great mountain! Stellar views of the Bells with near-perfect weather all day. Almost gave Buckskin Benchmark a go afterwards.
Thought the NE route was kinda boring. It was TOO cairned off. But still fun!
Wow, Karen. Thanks for the kind words! I repeated Pyramid with Jim & Karen since I enjoyed it so much the first time and really didn't do much routefinding. I had vivid memories of the climb and enjoyed it even more the 2nd time. Overall, Pyramid is easier than S. Maroon if you stay on route even though the climbing is a tad harder. The routefinding on S. Maroon seems to be more confusing.