Peak:  Maroon Peak (14er)
 Route:  Bells Traverse
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  CaptCO
 Date of Info:  07/06/2020
 Date Posted:  07/06/2020

No traction needed, or axe. Wet rock on descent of N Maroon. I wouldn't do the traverse without sufficient experience imo. It lived up to the hype in parts. CFI building new trail on N Maroon

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 Comments or Questions

07/07/2020 01:07


Good Pics
07/07/2020 16:10
Thanks for the condition update. Doing the traverse with an experienced team on the 25th but going North to South. Planning to rappel the crux spots.


07/08/2020 10:44
Haven't done the traverse but are there pretty decent spots for slings to rappel crux spots? I am trying to decide whether to go N->S or the opposite. Thanks, also great pics!


I’ve never rappelled
07/09/2020 09:31
So I canât help you sorry

07/09/2020 17:15
From what a remember (did the traverse two years ago) there were slings up there where you would need to rappel. Dihedral in picture 8 on traverse route's page should be down climbable at class 4, it's not too steep. I believe there was an orange sling above picture 12's section. I do not remember seeing an anchor set near picture 14. If you know what you are doing, there should be plenty of sling-able rocks for rappelling all the 5th sections. It's a popular enough route I wouldn't be surprised if there were anchors set up there already, but definitely take a bunch of webbing/rap rings.

Nikon#14 - IMO the route is better S -> N, unless you really aren't comfortable upclimbing unroped low 5/exposure (but then why would you do this route??). I feel like as far as route finding goes, you'd be more likely to make better choices s-n. At least for me, not having a rope keeps me constantly thinking "Can I safely upclimb this AND DOWNCLIMB it if I need to". That's just my opinion. Search the forums the N-S vs S-N debate has been discussed before.

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