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 Peak(s):  Pyramid Peak  -  14,018 feet
 Post Date:  06/23/2010
 Date Climbed:   06/21/2010
 Posted By:  Boggy B

 Pyramid via the "Bowling alley" / NE ridge   

Photos (with descriptive captions!) for now. Thinking about a TR... http://www.summitpost.org/album/631845/Pyramid-Peak-6-21-10.html
 


  • Comments or Questions
mattoid

Pyramid this weekend??     2010-06-23 22:36:16
Congrats on an awesome climb!! Love the pictures and the captions...so obviously crampons and ice axe would still be required for this weekend...would the way you descended be the preferred way to ascend with the melting snow? Anything I should be concerned about for this weekend?


Boggy B


Two ways to do it     2010-06-23 22:50:37
You could pack light, wear tennis shoes and shorts, and scramble up, avoiding the nasty snow bits past the saddle, like the only other group we encountered. Their time must have been less than 8 hours.

Or you could do what we did. Mountaineering boots, crampons, gaiters, axes. Start at 3:30 am and take in sunrise from the amphitheater. From there enjoy an incredible 1000-ft snow climb to the saddle. That snow isn‘t melting fast. We topped out at 13000‘ just as the sun hit the snow, thereby mostly avoiding the slush.

Our way takes longer but it‘s worth it if you like snow climbs. Our round trip was 14 hours.

Test every hold and you‘ll have an awesome day (assuming good weather)!


Rainier_Wolfcastle


Thanks for answering a mystery...     2010-06-24 00:08:57
Three of us climbed Snowmass Sunday and Conundrum Tuesday, great weather in the Elks! Anyways, we car camped up Castle Creek and kept getting woke up by a critter scratching under my rear driver‘s side axle. It would run off into the bush before I could get a look at it...a porcupine sounds about right.



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