Did south to north traverse. Epic day. Took rope but never used it. Sketchiest part was the downclimb into the notch, otherwise not too bad. Could easily be made more dicey by forcing another line.
Questionable weather all day. Too much ice/hail build-up on the traverse to make any attempt at the North Peak. Cool mountain though! The downclimb on the east side completely sucked!
What a way to spend the 4th. 2am start got up the Cord around 7am. The climbing wasn't as rotten as I had expected, and I rather enjoyed it, plus the scenery is awesome.
ever, and did an awesome traverse. We did the Bell Cord Couloir, and I have a feeling this is much quikcer and more fun than the standard route up the South Bell.
N peak first, traversed something besides path of least resistance, solo, no rope, glad to be in one piece after that.
Traversed from North. Yeah, should have brought rope. Beautiful weather. Thankful to be with someone familiar with the routefinding on these peaks. Hope to come back in the winter someday.
Climed 4 times once in winter not fun in winter .
Exum ridge route start early very early to avoid traffic.
Greaviews bring marromot pika poof food container or lose all your food like the guys near me did on a nice summer climb
Climbed a few times same route frpom Maroon lake with afew small varaitions .
Did the traverse from North to South. Rapped the crux, negotiated steep, exposed and snow covered climbing. Glad to get them out of the way.
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