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 Peak(s):  North Maroon Peak  -  14,014 feet
 Post Date:  09/05/2011
 Date Climbed:   09/03/2011
 Posted By:  FluffyBunny

 North Maroon Perfect Day   

Started the climb on for North Maroon with about the best possible weather one could imagine. The Maroon Bells are absolutely stunning to see. I'm been wanting to climb one of these mountains for a long time and finally got a good opportunity to do so.

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The hike started out simple enough and was very enjoyable.

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The rock glacier is just huge and takes a reasonable amount of time to get through. It was a lot longer than we expected.

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The first gully is where the real fun begins and it's steep, or at least it seems so before you reach the second gully.

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The second gully is tougher than the first and you really have to watch out for rock fall here. There is a pretty large rock that got kicked down from the top when we were in the early sections of the 2nd gully. The rock didn't come close to it but it was pretty scary anyway.

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Looking down on the 2nd gully, it's no walk in the park for sure.

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The ledges above the 2nd gully took longer than expected but we finally made it to the class 4 crux. It's not super hard, the first step into it is the toughest part.

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Finally after the crux we had a view of the summit. Still a good amount of climbing in loose exposed rock but it was good to finally see the destination.

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Finally making it to the summit was pretty awesome. Great views of the Elks. There is nothing like making it to the summit of one of the Maroon Bells!

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The trip down this thing is nothing easy. The down climb of the crux is tricky and for a long way you just have to take it slow. The goats were following us down and kicking rocks down from above which got a little annoying. This is the most fun I have had climbing a mountain but it is an intense experience. For a good 2500 feet you have very little room for error. I'm thrilled to finally make it to the top of this mountain and am looking forward to Maroon Peak next year.



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