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 Peak(s):  Pyramid Peak  -  14,018 feet
 Post Date:  07/05/2009 Modified: 07/07/2009
 Date Climbed:   07/04/2009
 Posted By:  zeekzilch

 Pyramid Peak video supplement to jf32‘s report   

Pyramid Peak - standard route (Northeast Ridge)
4th-of-July holiday, 2009
Elevation gain: 1,370 metres

John (jf32) also reported our climb at: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=6393&cpgm=tripmain

Here's my personal page about 14ers:
http://www.rogerwendell.com/14ers.html

Three of us (Barb, John and me) agonized over the weather for two days prior to our Friday night departure from the Denver area - it was an unusually wet summer and heavy rains were predicted for the Elk Mountain Range over the Independence Day holiday. Nevertheless we took a chance and ended up with perfect climbing weather between storms (it rained a little on us at our 3 am start and again during our 3 pm finish).

Instead of camping we left Denver at 11 pm and were on the trail just before 3 am with Barb (thankfully!) doing the bulk of the driving. Route finding, especially in the dark, was a bit complex especially with wet, slippery rock. After sunrise we had to contend with steep snowfields and loose rock - an almost constant hazard above 3,600 metres.

We took our time and used lots of caution to gain the summit at around 9 am where we relaxed with perfectly calm, warm weather. It appears only one other person made it to the top that day - Jeff, a local guy who'd been on Pyramid many times before.

The down climbing seemed especially treacherous with loose rock and slick snowfields that were difficult to self-arrest on. So, much of our descent was spent kick-stepping with only an occasional glissade. Nevertheless it was a great climb that I hope to repeat when there's less snow on the route!

Below are some pix not found in John's report plus a number of YouTube videos - including one of a mountain goat approaching us on the summit in addition to me wheezing and panting as I approach the top (hey, I'll be 54 this year!):

Barb crossing a steep couloir at about 3,700 metres:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_UZnxDiPIY&feature=channel_page

Barb reaching the summit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1HeBtouWM8&feature=channel_page

Mountain goat approaches us on the summit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pSk73g6Cfc&feature=channel_page

Old man pants his way to the summit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWa6Gjr9wWs&feature=channel_page

4th Class down climbing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFTCXi3wM5s&feature=channel_page

Image
     Barb getting ready for some 4th class...


Image
   John and Barb above the saddle at about 3,800 metres


Image
   Jeff kicking steps


Image
   John crossing the couloir


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   The summit from 25 metres down


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   Zeekzilch on the summit with Maroon Bells in the background


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   Barb making the summit


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   Moutain Goat approaches us on the summit


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   Benchmark and summit register


Image
   John and Barb on the summit


Image
   Barb and John down climbing



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions
lodidodi


wow     2009-07-06 09:16:28
sweet report, now what is that meter to feet conversion again? haha


tbnike27

Nice Video     2009-07-06 15:50:28
I love the quality of the video, what kind of camera were you using? I am thinking about purchasing a new camera so any info on yours would be great, and btw I also sent you a message on youtube


zeekzilch


Type of camera     2009-07-06 18:29:01
Thank you for writing! For the videos off Pyramid Peak I was using a Casio Exilim that cost about $180. I think this particular one is about 10 megapixels but I‘ve used about five different versions of that same Casio Exilim line - some with a lot less megapixels but all work well considering they‘re so wafer thin and last a long time on a single battery charge. The reason I‘ve gone through five of ‘em is because I lost one, one got hit by a rock while I was recording outside the car window, I gave one to my wife, etc.

Hope that helps!

Roger J. Wendell
Golden, Colorado



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