|Peak:||Pyramid Peak (14er)|
|Route:||West Face to NW ridge|
|Date of Information:||03/16/2014|
The waist high "Deadly Bells" sign greeting you at Maroon Lake was almost completely covered ---> Indicator of snow.
Luke (coolhandluke) and I marched in Sat, spent night at Crater and climbed Sunday.
Trudged up the rib on the south side of the West Gully and then rode the gulley for the last 500‘ to around 12,800 and the ridge. Snow was quite good and offered wonderful glissading on descent.
Fair amount of snow as you pick your way through the ridge. Above 13,800 under the summit block, took a few steps onto a SW facing traverse, 4" x 75 SF slab cracked and slid off the cliff side. The prospect of having to do about 200‘ more of traversing on this aspect followed by another sizeable traverse on a north face caused a turnaround.
Sun was blaring all day. A very enjoyable winter mountaineering trip on the PYR!
1st Pic - Goin up the West Gulley around 12,600
2nd - the remaining traverse under the summit block
3rd - otherside of the avy I triggered
4th - the Bells I think??
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