Nice scramble from the Maroon Lake trailhead. We joked that some people miss the giant, easy to find cairn that marks the turn off for the Pyramid trail, but we somehow missed it ourselves. Only lost 10 minutes or so, but no biggy. Overall the route is very enjoyable and I really enjoyed the scramble.
definitely a little chossy but not difficult. just dont drop rockfall on yr partner. the class 4 crux is solid though. the goat family was fun to hang with. aug 2010
Climbed NE ridge variation with Captain McIntosh. Got off route sometime after the saddle and ended up climbing the NE ridge proper and making plenty of moves we did not want to reverse on the way down. Followed the route on decent. Great day on the chossiest pile of a mountain I've yet visited. Million-dollar views of the Maroon Bells, Capitol and Snowmass.
Got shut down the previous day at the 13600' saddle by a pissed off hail-and-lightning-spitting mountain and later heard stories (from guys who continued to the summit) of getting ravaged by hail and lightning and crying in the fetal position during their decent through the amphitheater. When the mountain says no, it means NO.
Did I mention choss?
One of the best.
The Elks are my backyard range and one of my favorites.
over and over and over again
Pristine snow climb from the amphitheater to the NE Ridge and glacial conditions in the amphitheater. Great couloirs this time of year. What a magnificent summit!
Got off route a bit on the way up and got into some loose crap. The descent was fine. The view of the Bells from the top is great. Leah was with me which made the climb even better.
Fun climbing up on the class 4 below the summit ridge! Took the trail back down.
Loved the scenery, loved the "leap of faith," loved the ledges. Not too fond of the green strip of death or the kitty-litter covered ledge system higher on the mountain. Also, had a bit of a spooky experience with a mother mountain goat and her kid. She was coming at us with a slightly curious, slightly annoyed expression and an aggressive stance. Not fun on loose Class 3/4 terrain.
Hello! I was coming up the talus field as you were heading down. Nice to have met you.
Great climb with the Goats. Loved every minute of it.
Second time summtting, this time from the south. Long day starting at UN 13,631 making for a long traverse. Last 4th class chimney topped off a great day. Still one of my favorite 14ers. With Kiefer.
July-2000: Climbed Pyramid via NW Ridge. First CO 14er summit.
Aug 26, 2010: Standard NE Ridge route. Nice scramble, beautiful scenery.
Finished on Pyramid Peak after an impossibly long and mentally taxing ridge climbing from 13,631...2.15 miles south.
South Ridge is complicated, loose as all shit and in my opinion, not recommended.
Thank God we had great weather!!
great mountain, made it down before the storm.
It first seems that this is a formidable mountain, but the standard route is well cairned and the majority of the route to the summit is easy to follow. Incredible summit view.
After being shut down on Pyramid a bout 3 weeks before, Tim and I decided to give it another shot. And this time (with no snow) we found success. What a peak! Very challenging!
Joined Eric for his 51st fourteener. Got an early start to beat the predicted thunderstorms and other hazards. Had the mountain to ourselves all day except for one mountain goat on the summit (8:30am). Ascended a bit climbers right which proved a little more tricky, descended easier route.
incredible and scary climb. We took a couloir and two large snowfields up to the 13000' saddle. From there we followed the standard route mostly to the summit. A 5.7 pitch or two was our reward for losing the route above the green rock. We descended the standard route where we could find it. Perfect day, awesome partners...