Peak(s):  Pyramid Peak  -  14,018 feet
Date Posted:  07/05/2009
Modified:  07/07/2009
Date Climbed:   07/04/2009
Author:  zeekzilch
 Pyramid Peak video supplement to jf32‘s report  

Pyramid Peak - standard route (Northeast Ridge)
4th-of-July holiday, 2009
Elevation gain: 1,370 metres

John (jf32) also reported our climb at:

Here's my personal page about 14ers:

Three of us (Barb, John and me) agonized over the weather for two days prior to our Friday night departure from the Denver area - it was an unusually wet summer and heavy rains were predicted for the Elk Mountain Range over the Independence Day holiday. Nevertheless we took a chance and ended up with perfect climbing weather between storms (it rained a little on us at our 3 am start and again during our 3 pm finish).

Instead of camping we left Denver at 11 pm and were on the trail just before 3 am with Barb (thankfully!) doing the bulk of the driving. Route finding, especially in the dark, was a bit complex especially with wet, slippery rock. After sunrise we had to contend with steep snowfields and loose rock - an almost constant hazard above 3,600 metres.

We took our time and used lots of caution to gain the summit at around 9 am where we relaxed with perfectly calm, warm weather. It appears only one other person made it to the top that day - Jeff, a local guy who'd been on Pyramid many times before.

The down climbing seemed especially treacherous with loose rock and slick snowfields that were difficult to self-arrest on. So, much of our descent was spent kick-stepping with only an occasional glissade. Nevertheless it was a great climb that I hope to repeat when there's less snow on the route!

Below are some pix not found in John's report plus a number of YouTube videos - including one of a mountain goat approaching us on the summit in addition to me wheezing and panting as I approach the top (hey, I'll be 54 this year!):

Barb crossing a steep couloir at about 3,700 metres:

Barb reaching the summit:

Mountain goat approaches us on the summit:

Old man pants his way to the summit:

4th Class down climbing:

     Barb getting ready for some 4th class...

   John and Barb above the saddle at about 3,800 metres

   Jeff kicking steps

   John crossing the couloir

   The summit from 25 metres down

   Zeekzilch on the summit with Maroon Bells in the background

   Barb making the summit

   Moutain Goat approaches us on the summit

   Benchmark and summit register

   John and Barb on the summit

   Barb and John down climbing

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

07/06/2009 15:16
sweet report, now what is that meter to feet conversion again? haha


Nice Video
07/06/2009 21:50
I love the quality of the video, what kind of camera were you using? I am thinking about purchasing a new camera so any info on yours would be great, and btw I also sent you a message on youtube


Type of camera
07/07/2009 00:29
Thank you for writing! For the videos off Pyramid Peak I was using a Casio Exilim that cost about $180. I think this particular one is about 10 megapixels but I‘ve used about five different versions of that same Casio Exilim line - some with a lot less megapixels but all work well considering they‘re so wafer thin and last a long time on a single battery charge. The reason I‘ve gone through five of ‘em is because I lost one, one got hit by a rock while I was recording outside the car window, I gave one to my wife, etc.

Hope that helps!

Roger J. Wendell
Golden, Colorado

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