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Peak(s):  North Maroon Peak  -  14,014 feet
Maroon Peak  -  14,156 feet
Pyramid Peak  -  14,018 feet
Post Date:  08/20/2013
Modified:  08/21/2013
Date Climbed:   08/17/2013
Posted By:  Muldstar

 Bells Traverse: North > South   

I did the Bells traverse the other day with my wife and took way too many photos. This should give a good idea of the current conditions, which couldn't be better, and I've put together a description and report of our experience. The shear beauty and grandeur of these mountains never ceases to amaze me. I've been thinking about doing this route for the last year and had a ton of fun and recommend the the N > S option. Here is the link to my report.

Also, added a trip report of Pyramid which we did the next day.



  • Comments or Questions

Excellent Job!!!     2013-08-21 08:26:06
and awesome trip report. I can definitely see this one helping me out in the future!


Great pictures     2013-08-21 11:18:28
Very helpful. Glad to see the weather has finally cleared up.(It nixed our attempt at the Crestones traverse just the week before.)
Yeah; that descent off of Maroon seems to go on forever...


Glad     2013-08-22 09:26:27
you enjoyed the pics. We also were going to try this a week earlier and it is nice the monsoon is finally letting up. Of course the weather seems to be pushed back a month or two this year, so hopefully Sept. will be awesome...I told by friend I would do the traverse again with him if he could magically transport me down Maroon.


Sweet!!!     2013-08-26 17:41:46
Thanks for the trip report. Planning to head up there this week. Thanks for posting. The pics are helpful for sure!


Good luck     2013-08-27 21:27:45
Hope you have a fun and safe climb. I'm hoping to get the Crestones knocked out this weekend but my wife is putting the kabosh on the traverse since I'll probably be solo...


GREAT PICTURES!     2014-03-17 07:12:01
These are some of the best pictures I have seen of this traverse and Pyramid..... Thanks for sharing......


Enjoyable and useful review     2014-06-02 10:08:59
So, you found 30m to be sufficient/appropriate for the two rappels you chose to make? Would it have also been the right length for the third rapellable pitch you decided to just descend untethered?

Also, how many slings/biners would you have needed if none of what you found were in useable condition?


30m     2014-06-02 17:40:28
should be more than sufficient for all three rappels. Would suggest bringing 30'-40' of webbing and 2 or 3 rap rings so you can replace old frayed ones if need be. Maybe slightly more if all are in bad shape.


Danke schön!     2014-06-17 15:41:57
helpful info. I think N to S is the way to go! (hopefully this summer)

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