| Stupid good!
After a failed attempt at South Maroon, I made a promise to myself to summit the bells and pyramid. My climbing partner Scott and I had no plans 9/9, so we decided to make a trip to Aspen.
We arrive in Aspen at 7:00AM (Late, I know) only to find the road to the trailhead is closed because of The Race for the Cure. We park about 5 miles down the road, and luckily get a ride from a nice guy to the Crater Lake Trailhead. We‘re on the trail by 9:00. It was raining pretty hard, and we thought about turning back, but we decided to get as far as we could. We lost about 30 minutes trying to find the pyramid trail. It‘s 1.5 miles from the trailhead.
The hike to the amphitheatre wasn‘t bad, it was a bit slick due to the rain, but nothing special. Once in the amphitheatre, we just followed the cairns all the way up to the ridge. I thought the last 500‘ to get to the ridge was the hardest part of the trip. It was muddy, slick, and steep. We reach the ridge at 1:30, and see clouds covering pyramid. We decided, to continue. Turns out, there was a huge snowstorm inside the clouds.
We summit at 3:30. There was zero visibility and snow everywhere. It was slick and cold. I DO NOT recommend anybody try this route in these types of conditions. I still question my own judgement that day. About 30 feet from the summit, the clouds lifted and there was sunshine. We rested at the summit, signed the register, and waited for the storm to pass. Once it did, we made our descent. It was rather uneventful, and we reach the trailhead at 8:30. After another hour and half of walking on Maroon Lake Road, we reach my car, go to the J bar for some grub, and drive home.
All in all it was fun climb, but rather dangerous in the wrong conditions. I‘m extremely happy I reached my goal of climbing Pyramid!
Looking at pyramid from the ridge
The last portion of the gully leading up to the ridge
Me, chillin‘ at the ridge
Scott, at the summit
Start of the class 4 section
At the amphitheatre
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