Peak(s):  Pyramid Peak  -  14,018 feet
Date Posted:  10/01/2007
Date Climbed:   09/29/2007
Author:  maverick_manley

 Pyramid Peak - Mixed Climb  


 Comments or Questions

Great report
10/02/2007 14:38
Yet another awesome trip report. Best of luck on Capitol and stay safe ! I love the pics of the Elks with snow on them and the aspens in all their glory.


11/30/2010 17:28
Congrats Prakash & Debbie! You're both SO close! My stomach was nervous just reading the reoprt & thinking of how those exposed sections were during summer conditions. Sorry we can't join you for Capitol this weekend. Best of luck & be safe. (I know you will!)


11/30/2010 17:28
Jim: The weather was actually better than it looks. The sky cleared quite a few times when we were on the ridge. I made it sound a little worse than it was on the Snowmass-Hagerman ridge... Doumall scolded me for that ... he is a better judge of weather than I.

Mtgirl: Thanks for the comment. Hope your climbing season went well since Culebra?

Jamie: Thanks... I sent you a pm. I'm watching the weather like a hawk and there's a good chance I'll be spending the next few weekends camping out by Capitol, waiting for a weather window.


What can I say
11/30/2010 17:28
You have a talent for writing these things Prakash. Thanks for doing such a great job, I am always looking forward to Tuesday

Hope you get Capitol man, I know you'll make the right choice on conditions. I might be talked into bringing the rope and getting her done with you. Maybe...

You are spot on with Debbie, she is so strong in mind and has some very impressive physical skills as well. I cant wait to watch her turn into a ripping skier this season.


So Close....
11/30/2010 17:28
to reaching your goal. I really enjoyed geting to hike with you this summer and spring. This climb on Pyramid defintely took some skills. I would love to be able to hike your finisher with you but Capitol is definitely a mountain that I don't want to hike again right now. That beta on Capitol definitely puts it in a different perspective, be safe and that weather!!

Your Friend,



Best of luck
11/30/2010 17:28
Way to go Prakash!!! Good luck with Capital this next weekend. I got a look at it from Electric peak pass and it looked fun. I'm way too green to join ya, but will be with ya in spirit! Have fun and be safe!


10/02/2007 21:25
Great trip report, with wonderful photos which capture the winter scene and exposure beautifully.


Awesome Photos!
10/02/2007 22:41
Great job to you all, and under less than desirable conditions (at least near the summit)! Love checking out your trip reports. Be wise on that Capitol Peak climb and may the weather gods be with you.


Way to go!
11/30/2010 17:28
Wow, I really love that mountain! I always thought it was a bit overrated, but not this time, eh!? Stellar report, as usual!!! I am fighting a very nasty cold/flu right now and am not sure how I will be at weeks end... I think I'll be lucky to get out on some rock, but I wish you the best on your finisher. Be careful, I want to read more of your TR's!!!!

Kevin Baker

11/30/2010 17:28
Just wondering what the motivation was for climbing Pyramid in these conditions. Climbing Pyramid in early season snow when an ice axe and crampons are pretty much useless is a risky proposition. I'm not wishing be an armchair qb here b/c I have pushed the limit on a few climbs mysef, but be careful out there guys!


Thanks again...
11/30/2010 17:28
Kirk... I guess I will see you on your finisher then. We should get together and climb something this winter. I don't mind repeating 14ers in Calendar Winter.
Rachel: Thanks for the comment. Doesn't look like I will attempt Capitol this weekend because of the front coming in right on Friday night
malcolm1/Presto: Thanks... the photos were all doumall's doing this time.
Mark: The way weather looks I'll probably be pushing my attempt back by a week. Lets give it a shot the following weekend if your flu's gone by then.
Kevin: I really value your concern and notes such as yours remind me that I am not immortal. Although the report makes it look like we took a lot of risks we were completely comfortable the whole time and took a lot of care testing each hand and foothold. We took close to two hours to climb the last 1000 or so feet which is much below our normal speed. Thanks.


10/03/2007 16:01
Your concern is completely valid, this is a risky proposition in early season. Crampons and axes were nearly useless, could have been used in one or two spots very briefly. Our expectation for the summit was near zero until we were within 400 feet or so. We were seriously just going for a walk. Our ascent route through the upper mountain, other than one 100 foot section, remained in confined quarters of chimneys and on wide ledges. The standard route up the green gully was not an option to me as there was no room for error. On the descent, I took us down an even safer alternative, avoiding that 100 foot section at the top of the green gully.

Capitol was going to be too much, we do have limits

Chicago Transplant

Nice TR!
11/30/2010 17:28
Definitely not the ideal conditions for this climb, glad you were able to find a route that kept you all safe. Great write up and photos as always!

Hope you are able to get Capitol soon, but if you have to wait until next year to get the right conditions its all the same, the mountain isn't going anywhere


Another great one
10/05/2007 19:49
Hats off to another great climb, write up and just wicked photos. I am sure that you made absolutely sure that the conditions were safe, but I bet you sill had to fight off fear to finish this one.


OK; I'm officially impressed
11/30/2010 17:28
You know your own limits best, but, personally, I want dry rock for this one. Nice work, nice photos, and thanks for a very useful TR--I'll no doubt be referring back to it before I head up to Pyramid.


Nicely done!
11/30/2010 17:28
I thought you were trying for NW route... but definitely a much saner choice in mixed conditions (not that a icy ascent up Pyramid isn't NUTZ!) Glad you made it up and down safely. There's always next summer for the NW route. (just thinking about the gully ascent on the other side with snow and ice makes me queazy). Love the pics!

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