Peak:  North Maroon Peak (Unranked 14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  Christensenje
 Date of Info:  09/12/2020
 Date Posted:  09/12/2020
 Details

Traverse over from Maroon Peak...

Down climb on traverse was gnarly. Thought about throwing in the towel but felt like we mitigated the risk well. Lots of proper down climbing because of the snow and ice.

Once the down climb was over, the rest of the traverse had some snow but didn't feel like the snow made it any different than doing the traverse dry. But it's still real. Snow will take maybe a week to dry off the down climb.

Scariest part of the day was definitely coming down North Maroon. The crux chimney was not down climbable without a rope to repel due to snow and ice, unless you really wanted to put yourself at risk. Group coming up decided to call it quits there because they couldn't climb up. Found a spicy down climb a little to the right going down. Don't suggest it but it was that or calling for a lift off the mountain and we felt it was within our limits.

Rest of the way down was pretty dry.




 Comments or Questions
mickknu16

Future Conditions 9/18
09/13/2020 12:18
Thanks for the update and great work! Based on your sketchy N. Maroon down climb, what are your thoughts on the chimney and upper ridge conditions after 5 days of warm weather? I'm hoping to still attempt just N. Maroon this upcoming Friday.



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