Beautiful day. No rope. Had a blast!
a long haul up S. Maroon, traverse was fun, rope ? may be a good option for beginners, I felt very comfortable without a rope. Nice views.
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.
11 hours with lots of stops for goats, drinks, and old man feet. Views as always are priceless.
Second time I summitted these. It's not the exposure, it's the rubble atop and in the cracks of the exposure that make me realize that I am getting spoiled on granite as of late.
...but not too difficult. Downclimbing S. Maroon to the saddle took maybe 10 minutes. Most of the difficulties are going up to N. Maroon. Locating the rappel station from below was the trickiest part, although another party on the route ahead of us skipped this section by traversing low on the left side. Having a short rope will prevent you from getting stuck if you get off track.
fast and light, traversed in 45 mins, 6.5 hours car to car
Big snow year held into August in 94. Static electricity threatened lightning, a helicopter searched for a fallen AK climber named Roger (sad day) and made it an unforgettable outing. Not that I ever forget ay time spent in the mountains.
Stellar climb. Camped at Crater Lake. Can't wait to go back!!!
Led a group of 5 up South Maroon Peak and three of us continued across the ridge to North Maroon. Very exciting and fun traverse with excellent weather and no crowds. Definitely one of my favorites :)
Very cool as long as you are careful of what you are grabbing hold of and standing on.
Solo traverse from South to North Maroon Peak. Enjoyable scrambling/climbing on a relatively solid rock with no route finding issues if you try to stay close to the ridge crest. For the final section, the direct ascent to the summit of North Maroon provides a more solid alternative to the standard way (traverse to northwest and going up water-stained crack and some ledges). Awesome route, incredible views!
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Not as bad as people say. The rock is good when it needs to be. We climbed the crux without a rope and didn't even realize what all the hype is about. I wouldn't want to be up there in bad weather, though.
Didn't take a rope. Climbed all but one of the towers. Took 90 minutes. My first of the 4 classic Colorado 14er traverses!
Really fun, but a little route finding is needed. Fun 5th class sections can be soloed. If you feel really comfortable on rock, this is like a candy store, easy rock and fun exposure. Highly recomened this, the rock is not as bad as they say!! Downclimb really blows though...
first 14er traverse. it was awesome! the traverse is very varied with alot of scrambling and a 5.3 crux wall. loved it! 1:47 total
A dead Mountain Goat was an ominous sign, just below the north summit. We ended up in the dark, in the fog and on near vertical terrain. LED Headlamps were of little use and we finally made the paved road by about 4am and then had to walk the extra 10 miles down that-ugh!
Nice and exposed, one route finding problem but great fun
Great day, lots of fun!
Great weather and very easy route finding. I believe the key is to follow the path of least resitence.