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 Peak:  Pyramid Peak (14er)
 Route:  West Face to NW ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  FireOnTheMountain
 Date of Information:  03/16/2014
 Date Posted:  03/17/2014
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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??



Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4


  • Comments or Questions (6)
Yikes


so close     2014-03-18 09:17:20
Nice attempt. Too bad the conditions were not better.


I Man


What an Abe     2014-03-18 10:37:28
Nuff Said.

I decided not to kill myself. Thanks for the beta homeslice.


dannyg23


Yo Ali!     2014-03-18 11:08:32
Have you heard about this Abe guy? He's some kind of mountaineering legend I guess. He never gets tired, and his quads have been known to scare away bears. Also he climbed V4 one time, probably.


nkan02


yeah Abe     2014-03-18 12:32:08
This makes me feel so lame


FireOnTheMountain


thanks     2014-03-18 15:06:24
Yikes, you been a busy busy bee this winter.
Iman, Aint no Cap (and almost ousted Cap as my favorite winter peak) but she deserves respect
Danny, never heard of him. Probably some noob.
Natalie, sorry we didn't hook up, would totally be down to get some peaks with you come summer or spring!


jmanner



Jesus     2014-03-19 11:43:02
That Avy is mighty scary looking!



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