Peak(s):  Maroon Peak  -  14,156 feet
North Maroon Peak  -  14,014 feet
Date Posted:  07/29/2011
Date Climbed:   07/24/2011
Author:  slaggbottom

 Pulling the cord and ringing both bells  

Route: Bell Cord Couloir and Traverse: 4850' gain, 9.5 miles RT, class 5, 13 hrs

Full report :

The Bell Cord was in fine shape last weekend. We ended up bypassing the garbage chute, and climbing up a cascading stream (there was a rope tied there too). There were many runnels, and a couple of shrunds (new word I learned).

The traverse is totally dry. The Bells was my Grand Traverse finisher. I found the two toughest crux walls a little unnerving, but the rock was stable and the holds were there to be found.

Of note, we took a wrong turn on the descent of N. Maroon, and wisely decided to climb back up to a cairn instead of trying to get past "a tricky part of two" off trail. Very glad we returned and picked up the proper trail.

Some highlight pics (tons more in my full report):

Stream we climbed to bypass the garbage chute


Big shrund.

Little shrund.

Top of the Cord.

Topping out on Maroon.

Heading towards N Maroon.

First crux wall

2nd crux wall

3rd crux wall

More ridge…

Descending N. Maroon…

Rounding the bend…

Full report :


 Comments or Questions

Great pictures!
07/29/2011 12:08
And an awesome trip report too!


Nice work!
07/29/2011 15:40
That sure is a fun route! Way to nail it!


Great TR!
07/29/2011 17:06
I am a little jealous of all that have chosen a later time to do this climb, you get flowers, goats, etc.. Awesome you chose the waterfall for your ascent. Did you drytool the tuft? That stuff takes crampons and picks better than snow.

Thanks for the photos! Excellent! Nice work on the climb.


Looks really nice!
07/29/2011 18:50
Thanks for the trip report.


07/30/2011 18:43
Photos are fantastic.


Awesome traverse!
07/31/2011 13:42
Excellent Trip Report and Photos


Thanks for the comments everyone.
07/31/2011 17:48
Sure was an epic day in the Colorado Rockies.

Eagle eye 1

Thrill Seekers
08/01/2011 01:16
Wow what an awesome adventure!! Definitely had to be in shape to pull all that off in one day. Real men in real mountains, way to go.


Awesome pictures and great report
08/05/2011 01:18
I can't wait to do this one!!


09/15/2011 22:18
When is the finisher coming? 2011?


09/15/2011 22:22
Surprisingly, I haven't climbed any more 14ers since the Bells in July. Hope to hit one in the fall. Did some hikes in RMNP in Aug, but not in a rush to close out the 14ers. Fun to still have some new ones to look forward to... My last 5 are easy ones (Sneffels is the hardest, and 4 Sawatches).


09/19/2011 15:13
That's cool you're still mixing in some non-14er hikes. Sneffles would be sweet as a snow climb in June! I'd be happy to climb it with you if needed

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