| Hip deep in a slag heap
Brian (saxmotor), Sean and I (connor)
Well, the Elk's called, and we answered. After climbing Capitol peak the previous day, we left Glenwood Springs at 4am to commence on Pyramid. I was dumfounded upon entering the day use parking lot and it was nearly full! We quickly packed and commenced on the peak hoping there wouldn't be too many people attempting this loose pile of a mountain.
We soon realized that despite the number of cars in the parking lot, there really weren't too many people on the trail, and better yet, it looked as if there were only one or two people ahead of us once we reached the Pyramid ampatheater.
The only snow worth mentioning is in the ampatheater and really doesn't impact the standard route.
As usual, sunrise above tree line was spectacular!
Gaining the ridge line from the ampatheater proved to not only be a formidable physical challenge but a mental one as well. The trail was exceptionally steep and loose, causing one to question whether each step might send a miniature ballistic missile down. (Then again, with Sean's atrocious gas, maybe a couple of rocks wouldn't have been so bad )
Once on the ridge at 12,800, the world opens up!
Gaining the green gully was not quite as hard as I had anticipated, however the narrow side walk and subsequent jump were a fun taste of what Pyramid had in store for us!
After the little jump, the route becomes increasingly loose and dangerous. Although I did not find the climbing to be difficult, avoiding loose rocks and keeping rocks form rolling was a very hard task. From the beginning of the Green Gully to the summit is not a place to let ANYTHING move. Rocks will roll forever. forever? forever, and forever!
Gaining the summit requires some route finding, and although the route is generally well carined, there are some places that require a little decision making. Overall, this is hard class 3 (in my opinion) with a class 4 move; however, the difficulty can climb to hard 4 or maybe a low 5 for the ambitious.
The top of Pyramid is truly a unique summit.
Why would someone pollute it with this ugly face?
We were joined on the summit by a couple of friendly folk‘s whom summated a the same time we did, the first people of the day to summit Pyramid.
The decent off of Pyramid required a lot more concentration and route finding. As we descended we met a number of more people climbing the route. I suppose this would be expected for climbing on a weekend in the height of summer.
All in all, this is a fabulous climb for the initiated!
Retruning over the "sidewalk in the sky!"
Can you see the people?
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