07/15 w/Cory Martin
Solo ascent of the Bell Cord Couloir. Descent via Bell Ringer Couloir. 2-3-17
I climbed Maroon Peak with my friends Mark and Don on a great thunderstorm-free day. Started at 3am, summited at 11am, and took another 6 hours to descend. The scree/grass slope descent was the toughest part. I thought the rock was better than it is reputed to be, then again, the scrambling on the Maroon standard route is not very difficult.
Left campsite at sunrise and stood atop by 10:00am. From there Ron and I did South Maroon which proved to be a breeze which may have set us up for an awakening. The North Maroon wasn't as easy and proved to be a stretch of potential dangers if not focused.
All in all it was great albeit the lake area and lower parts were crowded. I loved the snow up high!
Great weather for a winter ascent!!!
I did the standard South Ridge. It is quite a grind up to the ridge and then an intricate route to the summit. Never difficult climbing but a lot of loose rock and injury potential. Overall effort makes this one of the more difficult 14ers.
So much fun. Came up the Bell Cord with Pete Lardy
Good weather on way up, snowed and rained on way down. Long day.
Amazing day in Colorado Rockies, beautiful weather, conditions were perfect. Fun mountain, it wasn't hard as some suggesting, fantastic views from the top.
Intended to do the traverse, but clouds socked in at decision making time. Of course, hallway down it turned into a beautiful blue day. Climbed it again the following day and successfully made the traverse.
Couldn't have had better weather. Great climbing on the traverse, definitely sketchy at some points, but the views were astounding.
Camped at Crater Lake the night before, left at 5:30am and got to the top of the Bell Cord Couloir by 9am (its a long climb, especially with no warm up). We did South Maroon Peak first (very easy from the saddle) and then did North Maroon (not as easy). Most of it seemed class 3+ with a few in your face class 5 moves. Awesome traverse though! Going down North Maroon was interesting. That was probably the hardest part of the day and the most worrisome part as well. There was a bunch of snow on the standard route so finding our way down was a little interesting at times.
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.