Got sick the night before and hardly slept, but it's my dad's 76th birthday and he has always inspired me to do scary/hard/challenging things so I decided to still go. Went up with Jeremy S and never felt great, but managed. I decided the easiest way to get down this steep, loose, rocky beast was just to send it. I somehow managed to make it back from Summit to Maroon Lake in under and hour and nineteen minutes, which is apparently the fastest known time on record. Gonna be sore ;)
Got a later start than usual with Ben and Andrea—didn't start until around 5am, but it was a super clear weather day. Nice little hike before the hellish 1-mile climb of 2,800 feet. Going up honestly wasn't too terrible. Just steep and hard on the calves. But going down...worst thing ever. It was a challenge just not to fall over and go spilling down the mountain. Woof. The ridge to the summit was super fun, though, and the route-finding wasn't too difficult. Not my favorite peak...but not the worst.
Glad this one is behind me. The 2800 feet of suck on the standard route is no joke, especially after 3 days of climbing in the Bells. However, the routefinding scramble at the top was very fun. Would rank higher if there were some switchbacks built in the slope.
Standard route past Crater lake, steep climb (~4000'/4mi) to summit in 6hrs from parking lot. Light wind with only a few afternoon clouds was good enough for the combo, traversing solo 2hrs to North Maroon Peak. Class 5 moves were fair & satisfying, while route finding through loose rock was not. Decent (4500'/5mi) over cliff bands & talus fields finished the day at 12hrs. Scenic!
With great mountaineering friends, Michael, Ling, and Larry. This was Ling's finisher!
#1 06-26-19 With Larry K., Ling and Lana. Hard to believe the amount of snow still lingering at this date. The Bell Cord lives up to its reputation: long and steep and steeper. Getting from the top of the Bell Cord to the summit was no cake walk because of the snow, ice, loose rubble gullies and steep snow fields - again!
Wonderful route, good snow climbing; first Elk Range summit
Climbed solo via standard route then traverse over to N. Maroon
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.