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.
Attempst #1, reached the ridge and came within 200 feet of the summit, but were turned around due to conditions, can't wait to take another crack...
Great traverse! Didn't use ropes for rappels, mostly class 4 downclimbes with one or two low class 5 moves.
Great day with Alan (alana) and Andy (Andy). Summited around 10am and started for North Maroon soon after!
Attempt #2 within 3 days. Got better information and stayed on the standard route this time. Made it to the ridge, but found significant snow in a few places crossing the trail on the other side. The snow was questionable so, we went around as much as possible. Got within 0.16 mi of the summit (per GPS) when I got stopped by snow and a steep climb with a potentially deadly fall as the alternative. My partner made it, while I waited.
This mountain cut and bruised my body, tested my patience, and ended my hiking relationship with my hiking partner, but I'll be back when the snow melts! :)
Attempt #1: Lost the trail on the way up the ridge and ended up trying to get on the ridge too far North. Result, got boxed in, in a long gully. Backed out of the gully and headed further South, but it was too late in the day. Good call, about 3 hours later a storm came in.
Fun, exposed climb... and incredible views of the Elks! Traverse was a little on the funky side - watch yourself here!
A most memorable day. Lots of snow, but not on the ridge itself. Next to El Diente in snow, this was my most difficult climb.
get up real real early for this one Sumited around 9 am Postholed down from 13 k or so met a nice gruop who even gave me a cold Fat Tire ! Thanks !
Lots of route-finding. The climb was fun mainly due to the route-finding. A member of my team narrowly escaped from being hit by a tumbling rock dislodged by parties higher up. Make sure you wear your HARD HAT! It was raining the previous evening, but had perfect weather on the summit day.
After a 7 hour climb, three young friends and I reached Maroon's summit on a beautiful sunny day. We prepared a detailed photographic trip report of our climb in which we provide dozens of tips about the route, our equipment list and our conditioning program, and also information about access to the mountain, acclimatization, safety and the route itself. You can access the page at http://maroonclimb.com/ or by going to the link on the Trip Reports page for South Maroon Peak on this site.
This never ending couloir was an amazing climb. Sam was on Pyramid Peak on the 3rd while we were climbing the Bell Cord on South Maroon and took this photo of our route! S. Maroon From Pyramid 7/3/04 Same Bells Photo From Pyramid 8/31/02
Nate, Bill, and I had a blast in this couloir!
South Maroon Summit!
Got on trail from out campsite at 4:00am. The snow in the couloir was nice and hard and great for crampons. Going up the couloir was very exciting espencially when a rock fell from above about the size of a basketball and came sailing down the couloir as a very fast pace. Thankfully I was not in it's path. The climb from the top of the couloir to the summit of South Maroon was very interesting and different from any other 14er I'd been on.
not as nasty as its rep vis a vis loose rock, but 10 grueling hours, and a real knee burner coming down. met and fell in with 3 other climbers that day. nice place, the elks. my 51st 14er.
The toughest part of the whole thing was that brutal 2,000-foot climb up to the ridge after having done the North Bell the day before. After that, it's good fun scrambling.
Very fun climb. There is a little route finding necessary, but cairnes are everywhere. Actually, there were too many. This was part of a backpacking trip on the 4 pass loop.
Sure, the route seems long, but what do you expect from such a complex mountain. When you arrive at the start of the south ridge and look up at the remainder of the route it should be no surprise that it going to take some time. If clouds are beginning to build this is your time to get off the mountain for their are no escape routes once you head off onto the ridge. I thought the route finding on this mountain was an absolute blast and the views from the summit are some of the best I have ever viewed.
I would consider this mountain to be more loose than Pyramid-don't be an idiot, wear a helmet. Hiking up the steep grassy benches to gain the south ridge-I had two experiences with rock missles flying past my route at around 60-70 mph. Pyramid has more sustained climbing and has a lot more exposure.