| Thunder Birthday
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Summit Lounger (Greg)
Cooper (Steves Dog)
We left the trailhead at Maroon Creek around 3:15am, hoping to get on the snow before it got too soft. We made are way up past Crater Lake, through the avalanche runouts, the bottom of the Bell Cord, and on to find a way across Maroon Cr.
We kept following the creek until this great place to get across appeared
Stayed up high between the trees and the cliff bands to gain the basin below the peak. Thunder Pyramid is directly above the snow gully with the large waterfall at its bottom on the left side of the picture.
South Maroon in the background
In the upper basin.
We decided to ascend the south ridge from the top of the gully.
Looking up to where it narrows.
Kevin, Sarah, Steve, and Cooper climbing
7:56 a.m. Happy Birthday Steve
The angle eases near the top
But the snow was soft
So, onto the rock
And the sun at the top
Someone is watching us
Summit of "Lightning Pyramid"
North and South Maroon
Thunder Pyramid from Lightning Pyramid. We decided to try the snow gully up the center of the face.
Cooper contemplating life in the mountains
The snow was still firm enough to climb
To avoid the cornice on the left and the steeper than usual snow below the col, we climbed up ledges and steps to gain the ridge.
The snow was so steep up to the col, because it was all deposited by the wind. The begining of the slope now began 20 feet away from where the ground dropped away from the col. I'm glad we decided not to climb it in the warm conditions.
One last step up to the ridge.
Summit of "Thunder Pyramid"
Looking up the descent route from Thunder
We were able to glissade a good 1500 feet
Then traversed over 2 gullies to find more snow to glissade the rest of the way to the upper basin
Kevin descending down a gully that would not be much fun in dry conditions
Walking out below the Bell Cord
Crater lake was full
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