Peak:  Pyramid Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  kushrocks
 Date of Info:  11/05/2012
 Date Posted:  11/05/2012

Even thought we didn't summit Jason, Emily and I had an amazing day in the beautiful Elk Range today attempting Pyramid Peak.

The trail for the first mile is dry after that microspikes and gaters are mandatory for the rest of the day. Once you find the cairn on the main trail leading toward Pyramid the trail is a little difficult to follow for the first hundred yards. No one had been up that way since the last snow fall so we plowed trail the entire way. After the first hundred yards or so the trail is easier to follow where you encounter snow from ankle to shin deep. Once in the amphitheater there was intermittent snow but mostly rock. The 1000ft slope at the end of the Ampitheater was a little tricky but not to bad. The snow was sugary and did not give much purchase. See picture 1. At the top of the slop in the saddle at 13,000ft we were hoping since Pyramid's most intimidating top 1000ft faced toward the south it would be somewhat snow free. . . . .. we were wrong. . . . . very wrong. See picture 2. Route finding became an issue even with the GPS. We gave it our best efforts but after a few hairy situations and deeep unstable snow we decided to call it a day roughly 300ft below the summit just above 13,700ft. Even without the summit it was roughly an 11 hour day from car to car. At this time avy danger is very minimal.

We treated with an amazing sunset on the way out. I have more pictures of the Bells and one of Snowmass and Capitol if anyone is interested just shoot me a PM.

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

 Comments or Questions

Pic 2 is freaking sweet!
11/06/2012 14:15
Has a K2/Everest feel to it. 8)


04/02/2015 19:45
that you turned around so close to the summit when it didn't feel right. Very good work.


Nice work, Ryan
11/06/2012 15:08
Good decision making is of utmost importance...well done, man. Trying to climb peaks like Pyramid in the conditions you experienced is very difficult and fairly dangerous. IMO, its likely the toughest conditions and time of year to climb peaks like these. So, I applaud your efforts and decision making! Jed said it - Pic #2 is really really good.


11/06/2012 16:45
Excellent judgement and Awesome pictures. You should have the second one framed.

I Man

Great Photos & Trip!!
11/06/2012 18:48
I only made it to 13,200 when I tried Pyramid last October, but I was absolutely floored by the views of the summit pyramid. I remarked that I felt like I was in the Himalaya.

Great job, bud!

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