|Peak:||Maroon Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||06/16/2012|
There is no snow that you must cross on the way up Maroon Peak. The traverse is almost competely dry with the exception of a few spots that didn‘t hinder us. I believe we climbed the three cruxes mentioned in Benners‘ route description (or pretty close to them) with no ropes and no protection. DO NOT take this as me saying the traverse is easy. According to two members of the group, two of the crux pitches we took ranked as Class 5.3 and one as 5.4. The last bit of snow you do have to cross is at a saddle right before you start up to North Maroon. There was still snow and ice at the bottom of the 4th class chimney which one of our party members slipped and fell on while descending, but he was uninjured, thankfully. To avoid the chimney, the rest of us found a short downclimb to the right of the chimney (as you‘re looking at it while going down). It‘s kind of a large step, but there is a solid ledge beneath a small overhang that you can place your right toe onto and then step down with your left foot.
First photo is of gregory_fischer climbing a dihedral on Maroon Peak. Second photo (credit rjansen77) is of me at the top of the third crux pitch on the traverse.
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