Climbed the Bell Cord to S. Maroon. Retrieved gear from the col and continued onto the traverse to N. Maroon. Descent off N. Maroon was precarious. Snow was REALLY BAD.
Traverse was exciting. One of the best ridge climbs I've done to date!!
Maroon Bells traverse (unofficial 14er finishers--all but Culebra)
Via Bell Cord couloir.
Enjoyed this route solo from the high/white rock saddle (climbing partner not feeling well). This peak wasn't as exciting as widely advertised, but nonetheless is a burly, physical mountain. Classic Elk Mtn terrain: Steep and loose with some complexity to the route-finding. Had the summit to myself. Ran into one solo hiker on my way down, then four guys. Had to stop for 10+ minutes to sooth an angered nanny goat with three kids. She wouldn't let me pass, gave me stink eye, came toward me...I seized the high ground and finally got past her, but she followed me for quite a while to make damn sure I was gone and off her mountain! BBQ at Hickory House afterward. Yeah!
Longer than expected descent... 2,800 feet of suck.
South to north bell traverse....very fun climbing. These peaks are monstrous with their elevation rise.
Dangerous ascent to first saddle as there was a LARGE group below us. Once we passed that point we all breathed a sigh of relief. Started with 6, picked up another who wanted someone to hike with, all made it to the summit.
One of the rap stations was well hidden at the bottom of a thin gap. We got lucky finding it. If we would have had to downclimb it would have puckered my cheeks, but with two short raps it was not that bad.
After North Maroon and Pyramid, this mountain seemed to be easy. Beautiful.
I climbed the traverse North Maroon to South Maroon with my 10 year old son.
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Climbed the traverse between North Maroon and South Maroon with my dad.
Great but tiring climb! Perfect day
A 4000 foot ramp to the saddle and summit. Runneled. Turned back from the base of the crux on the traverse due to thunder.
Rotten rock is not as bad as advertised.
beautiful day in the elks.. hour traverse to north.. climbed with pete.. surprisingly escaped weather most of the day..
Nice traverse; probably 2nd best next to blanca traverse. Tr here http://zoomloco.xanga.com/732717261/purple-mountain-majesties/
traversed in 45 mins.
have climbed Maroon Peak on its own and by doing the traverse. One of my Colorado favorites