Peak(s):  Pyramid Peak  -  14,018 feet
Post Date:  06/08/2009
Date Climbed:   06/08/2009
Posted By:  warg

 Sunrise on Pyramid   

Walt and I gave Pyramid a go on May 30, but made it to the NE ridge at 10:30am and the snow was just too soft to try to summit.

On June 8 I set out to try again for the summit. Left the parking lot at midnight - there was a full moon but it hid behind Pyramid the entire hike. Still a beautiful night. The low temp at the summit was supposed to be 32, so I figured it would be cold enough to give me good hiking conditions. Quite a bit of snow had melted in the last week - and then I found some new snow up top. Since I was hiking at night I did not get many pictures until I summitted, just as the sun came up! Image
I finally saw the moon once I reached the top. Image If anyone is wondering about conditions on the Bells - here you go. Image Here is what the snow looks like on Pyramid as I descended the NE ridge. Image

I didn't find too many trip reports from this time of year, and now I know why! You really need a good cold night and an early start, plus plenty of patience across the class 4 section. But still a great hike, and an incredible sunrise. All in all in get's a "thumbs up" from me. Image

That was #51!

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  • Comments or Questions

Holy Beta!     06/09/2009 05:27
Very nice. Great pick of the Bells and the other picks are also incredible.
Expect platitudes from weekend climbers!
Nice climb.


Damn you go dude!     06/09/2009 13:26
Damn with fresh snow up there I can appreciate how unpredictable conditions must have been. Reminds me of my Pyramid experience in mid October.
Good job.
And thanks for the beta on the bells.


Damn you‘re good!     06/09/2009 16:26
what more needs to be said?


Nice job     06/21/2009 21:09
This is one that I still have left to do - Thanks!

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