Dayhiked the Bells, starting around 3am. The grunt to the south ridge is brutal, although there was more of a trail than expected. The routefinding on the backside was a little more challenging, but not bad.
Mike and I doing the North to South traverse I was scared from the Bel Cord and on, the whole north face of the South Bell was covered with slippery wet snow and ice, I was wearing Trail Runners and my feet were soaked. Route finding here became almost epic and I ended up following goat tracks mostly to the summit. I slipped almost to my fate more than once here. Finally summiting the South Bell and taking photo's I could not catch my breath until about 20 minutes after the summit because I was still nervous of everything we had gone through. The descent was close to Epic as well. I took the wrong gully down and had more than one class 5 move to negotiate to get back to the main trail. i had some bowling ball sized rocks zinging past my head for about 45 minutes, I slipped and busted my ass more than once.. It turned out to be a very long day..
This is what climbing is all about though right?? HELL YA!
Left Aspen at 3AM. Great day. Awesome Climb. I loved the scrambling and route choices. Tons of cairns. Made friends with the local mountain goats. Long and tedious descent. I can't wait to get Pyramid and N Maroon.
Fun STEEP mountain; route finding wasn't hard at all w/ all the cairns. Great view. Traversed on to N. Maroon.
Took two ice axes, conditions were very good.
I think climbing this summit from North Maroon is probably the most difficult of the popular routes on the 14'ers. Of course, that opinion might be influenced by the storms that kept blowing over us.
Did this after climbing N Maroon and Pyramid (not the same day). Seemed pretty straightforward after those peaks. I met a guy on top who climbed N Maroon and traversed over to Maroon in 4.5 hours. Not that impressive, you say, but he was wearing a full overnight backpacking pack! He was planning on sleeping on the summit. He had a goal of sleeping on all the 14er summits. I don't know if he ever finished.
Did the traverse and didn't start until 11am (logistics). At one point we were full on Easy 5th class, unroped for some reason to get up and over some pinnacles. Saw a dead mountain goat below and misssed the shuttle bus by many hours. Very long walk down that paved road at night after this traverse.
Easy 4th class traverse. Would be fun during the winter.
fun, descent long and sucky
Lovely, saw Aron Ralston up there.
Boulder to North Maroon Peak to South Maroon Peak to Dillon Dam Brewery to Boulder: 20.5 hours.
Toughest hike I have done so far. I was the first one up out of about 25 or so I past on the way down. I was too tired to do the traverse, and I was alone. Awesome views and great class 4 moves.
Early morning start and had solid snow pack for an excellent climb and magnificent views.
With Martin Nagel, his 4th and 5th 14ers. The traverse was a blast -- a bit tough and a bit airy at times, but it's all there, and fairly solid. We had some rockfall from some white-haired, bearded, four-legged mountaineers near the saddle. The descent was really long and not very interesting, but it was a spectacular day nonetheless. The scenery is unparalleled.
Truly my most dangerous climb yet, but well worth it!
long, challenging hike. all the ledges and hand climbing after 13,300 feet was pretty interesting.
Quite a workout. I busted my butt fearing the monsoon's rath. 6 hour 40 min round trip from the trailhead. 51st 14er!
I had my first experience with the Maroon Bells today and it turned out to be a perfect day. A friend and I drove to the trailhead last night, slept for a few hours and then started at 3 am. We first climbed South Maroon Peak and reached the summit at 8:30 and then did the traverse to North Maroon and had a wonderful time. Due to some knee problems (my friend always has them and I had a stupid crash on my bike last week and hurt my knee) however, the descent was pretty grueling.