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2012-01-07  Northeast Ridge  Conditions are what you would expect: main trail snowshoe/ski packed to the turn off point at 10,200. We used skis to the flat area the summer trail passes through before switch-backing up to the cirque. Two to three feet of faceted snow with some thin wind slabs in open areas were found on the way up to the cirque, which made difficult traveling conditions. Open steep (>30 deg) areas were avoided, though we did release a small loose, dry avalanche on the way down. Once in the cirque traveling eased briefly until the flat boulder field below the north face. There the snow became punchy. The ascent from the boulder field to the saddle at 13,000 feet was relatively easy when compared to the route from Maroon Creek to the cirque. Snow depth averaged about 2‘ of facets. Near the ridge there was a thin wind slab. We stayed out of the main couloir and stuck to the rocks (mostly bare - see picture). The saddle was our high point due to the expected storm moving in 12 hours sooner than expected. CAVUfool   2012-01-08 1  1    Edit Delete 
2011-10-01  standard  very little snow on standard route (tennis shoes okay). summer condition. beautiful aspen colors. mountain hiker   2011-10-02  0       
2011-09-10  Northeast Ridge  Pyramid seems to have escaped most of the recent snowfall seen on several other 14ers in the area; no new snow is present on the route. The climber‘s trail up from the Amphitheater was muddy, though pleasantly frozen in the early morning. Rocks had a thin layer of slippery frost until the sun hit them. The route from the saddle at 13K to the summit is summer conditions...for now. ChrisinAZ   2011-09-10  0     Edit Delete 
2011-08-11  Northeast Ridge  Snow is 100% avoidable, and only in amphitheater. LOTS of goats around. Steaky   2011-08-13  0     Edit Delete 
2011-08-07  Northeast Ridge  Great conditions all the way. Snow in the amphitheatre, perhaps 1/3 of a mile stretch, but comfortable. Spikes might help in the early morning. The scree slope up to 13,000 is very loose and steep in several areas, making the climbing on the last 1,000 feet more enjoyable than that section. There are a couple spots of snow on the ridge leading up toward the final stretch, but they‘re easily avoided, not even on trail. slowhead   2011-08-16  0     Edit Delete 
2011-08-06  Northeast Ridge  No ice axe needed. All snow can be avoided. The ampatherter is snowfilled, but is not steep. You can climb the snow or walk on talus to the right. The first image is climbing up above the green gulley. The second image is walking down off the summit. The third is a class 4 move before the green gulley. The fouth is managing the ledge. Ski4me   2011-08-07 4     Edit Delete 
2011-07-30  Northeast Ridge  Summer conditions, with almost zero snow to worry about. The field remains in the amphitheater, and there is a small (but easily navigable) field at the saddle. Only one or two very short (15-20 feet) drifts on the face. On the whole, snow free and in near complete summer conditions. Here is a TR with pics and more beta: Zambo   2011-08-03  0     Edit Delete 
2011-07-11  Northeast Ridge  Climbed to about 13,200 feet. Here are a few pics on conditions. You can see that there is A LOT of snow still up there. The standard route is hard to follow because of snow and ice in spots. We did not make it over to the Green Couloir because of weather/time/route finding. The Green Couloir looked snow free at least half way up to top, however. summitridge   2011-07-12 3  1  Edit Delete 
2011-06-26  Northeast Ridge  Pyramid is in good condition for a mixed snow and rock climb. The snow begins about a 1/2 a mile from the Pyramid junction. The basin below Pyramid is almost completely snow-covered. The first couloir leading up to the ridge is in great condition. After the ridge it is a mix of rock and snow, but mostly snow. Be very mindful about cornices when traversing. The last 400 feet of the climb is mostly on rock and went by fast. We stashed snowshoes early on and did not need them, but depending on start time they may be useful in the basin. The North East Ridge gets sunlight starting at sunrise, so an early start is recommended. PM me with any questions and have fun. Cool Hand Luke   2011-06-27  0     Edit Delete 
2011-06-25  Northeast Ridge  Pyramid is in great condition for a mixed climb. The snow starts about 2 miles from Maroon Lake and the basin is almost completely covered. The couloir leading to the ridge has great snow too. After gaining the ridge it is a mix of snow with small rock sections; be very mindful about cornices when traversing. After gaining the ridge the rest of the route is exposed to direct sunlight starting at sunrise so an early start is advisable. The last 400 feet to the summit is mostly on rock and went by fast. I stashed my snowshoes early on and did not need them, they might be useful in the basin depending on start time. PM me if you have any questions about the route or conditions. Cool Hand Luke   2011-06-27  0     Edit Delete 

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