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 Peak(s):  Pyramid Peak  -  14,018 feet
 Post Date:  08/20/2010
 Date Climbed:   08/17/2010
 Posted By:  scott0685

 Pyramid - East Ridge   

Two of us climbed Pyramid on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010. Left the Maroon Bells parking lot at 4:30am and summitted at 9:15am. We were concerned about the weather, having tried for South Maroon the previous day before getting rained out when we reached the ridge at 8:00am. But the weather on August 17th ended up being perfect and, surprisingly, we did not encounter any others the entire day.
We would have started a little earlier but we did not want to cross the Circ (talus field) before full daylight. Because most snow in the Circ was melted, we picked up the trail to the west ridge approach, but then cut across the remaining snow patch towards the top of the talus field in order to access the east approach. This is the same route as Gerry Roach's "24.7 Northeast Ridge". This saved a lot of time versus boulder jumping up the entire left side of the talus field. Most of the snow in the talus field was melted but what remained was actually extremely slippery ice.
Towards the top of the talus field we encountered an extended family of snow white mountain goats that stayed with us halfway up the ridge to the summit. They were remarkably unconcerned with us and we were within 6 feet of them at various points. Generally they were considerate companions, with the exception of the young goats, who created some falling rock around us – something to be aware of when the goats are directly above. Note: they love the salt in urine.
We strapped on goat rock-prevention helmets starting above the talus field to begin the hike up the somewhat slippery/muddy approach to the ridge. Moisture on this slope was more related to recent rain than to remaining runoff.
The ridge to summit was in good shape and the trail is well marked with cairns. Generally the designated path is on the south side of the peak but snakes around the north side at one point. Route selection can be tricky but there are lots of cairns to guide the way. Absolutely beautiful view from the top: Crested Butte, both Bells, Snowmass, Capitol, etc.

 


  • Comments or Questions (2)
MikeyC


Great observations...     2010-08-22 09:14:29
Did you happen to get any pictures along with your great account of the trip?


scott0685

No pics, sorry     2010-08-22 19:28:29
Didn't capture any good ones, unfortunately.



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