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Couloir off of N Maroon???

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Couloir off of N Maroon???

Postby warg » Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:05 pm

This picture was taken 6/8/09 from the top of Pyramid. Does anyone know anything about the couloir that comes off the Bell Cord Couloir and runs up to just left of the summit for N Maroon?

I am planning to head up the Bell Cord sometime soon and summit S Maroon. Ideally I would love to traverse across to N Maroon. Then the question becomes "how best to descend?" I will not be on skis.

Thanks!

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The Bells at sunrise
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Re: Couloir off of N Maroon???

Postby killingcokes » Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:11 pm

I'm thinking BASE jump it

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Re: Couloir off of N Maroon???

Postby cheeseburglar » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:02 pm

Let us know if you decide to descend that thing, and we'll stay far away. I would expect you would trundle a lot of rock out of it. It might be reasonable to ascend it with a burly alpine rack and freezing temps before the sun came up.
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Re: Couloir off of N Maroon???

Postby Jcwhite » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:13 pm

It doesn't go as nicely as you would think. Better off going down the couloir all the skiers use on the climbers right side of the north face.
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Re: Couloir off of N Maroon???

Postby warg » Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:12 am

Great input - thanks!

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Re: Couloir off of N Maroon???

Postby warg » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:07 am

I posted a trip report for Pyramid. It has a few more pictures. Are you looking for Bell pictures? I have some more from the previous week (didn't summit Pyramid the first go around).

By the way, nice profile picture. I summited that high point as well. :D

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Re: Couloir off of N Maroon???

Postby alpinista77 » Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:15 pm

two years ago i actually descended - as best I could tell - the couloir that was about two to the right (north) of what you identified. Long story as to how that happened, but a good reason not to slip 200' while self arresting and getting lost in the north rock bands, desperate for a way out. Those "couloirs" on that face all suck, are full of nasty down clmbing, and tons of melt. I was soaked when I got down. There's a little jog to the right in my photo - that's where some cliffs are. if you can find the NE or NW ridges, stick to those.
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Re: Couloir off of N Maroon???

Postby warg » Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:31 pm

Sounds pretty crazy! Glad you made it out in one piece. I traversed from Castle to Cathedral last summer and summitted just as the lightning started striking all over "electric pass." Wow - I went down the first gully I found, as fast as I could go. Quite the slippery, hair tingling descent.

I do have the GPS track for the NE ridge off of N Maroon. I will take a look at the North face and the NE ridge and see what things look like. Thanks for the input!

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