Peak(s):  North Maroon Peak  -  14,014 feet
Date Posted:  07/30/2009
Date Climbed:   07/23/2009
Author:  myfeetrock

 N. Maroon First Ascent  

Hello all! This is the first trip report I have done, and hope to do many more. This climb was on the 23rd and again on the 28th. All the pictures on this report are from the 23rd.

This climb started for me about 15 years ago when I saw a picture of Maroon Bells while looking at a calender. I am a Texan by birth, but the mountains were calling. I came out to Colorado in Aug of 2000 and saw the bells for the real first time. I wanted to cry. Since then I got married, named my daughter Aspen, and moved to Glenwood Springs, Co.

Now on to this climb. My twin and I arrived at Maroon Lake at 5:15 am and started our hike at about 5:30am. It took us a little over an hour to get to the creek. After crossing the creek, it became very clear that the goats are the ones who maintain this climbing trail for everyone else to use. We made our way up to the rock glaicer and on to the first gully. Not to make this climb feel any safer than it is, but the grass gives me a false since of security that I kind of like. From the turn at the second gully you get an idea of what you‘re up against. The views are great here. After the gully we found the crux. I looked at it for a few minutes before I went for it. After that we did a little route finding and we were on top. Both my brother and I told each other we wanted to cry on the summit, but held it back. I had to take a seat at the top and take it all in. I was so overcome that I was shaking. WOW!!!! After a few pictures we had to go, but in 5 days I would return for a second summit. I also had to be at work by 5 pm that day. (Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)(Image)

Sorry for any lack of order on this report, but I hope you enjoy it.

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 Comments or Questions

07/30/2009 23:25
Nice story.
I always thought of Texas as being a good place to move from.
Houston, 1981 - the juxtaposition of Gilley‘s and Montrose area disco nights forever warped my sense of dance timing. Two step vs disco. Geez.
You done good.


Twins, huh?
08/01/2009 04:58
I wondered why you changed shirts on the summit!


PS. It‘s OK. Mountain Men aren‘t afraid to cry on summits.

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