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Maroon Bell Traverse

  • Sep 14, 2012 · 3:00 PM

Ok ya all we are going to give this a shot.  I will see everyone at the parking lot next to the trailhead. I should be getting there around 7-8 pm.   Look for the bad-ass 4Runner which on this trip will clock in at over 200k miles :-).   Dont forget your helmets, locking carabiner, belay device, harness, and most of all a great attitude :).



ok Folks I just viewed the weather forecast and snow is expected Tuesday through Thursday so I will be monitoring closely throughout the week and make a decision by Thursday morning.   If  I do continue the climb I will be leaving early Friday afternoon and car camping near a campground close to the trailhead.  Plans are to eat dinner in Aspen and get up really really early around 4:00 am and heading out by 4:30.   Goal is to reach the base of South Peak by 5:45 and summit South by 8:00 am.  The traverse will probably take around 3 hours tops and then another 2.5 hours down North.   We should be back to the trailhead around 3:00 - 4:00 pm.   I plan on bringing my rope and some pro but havent decided if I want to take them on the climb.. will decide when I am there.  Take your harnesses just in case.  Also bring your helmits of course.   One other option is to do Pyramid if the peaks look too frosty for the traverse.  


I love the Bells so much that I must make a return trip to do one of the most awesome traverses in Colorado. I am only allowing 4 climbers on this meetup because the rock is loose and it is very dangerous for more than a few folks. If you are intereseted please send me an email and let me know your qualifications. I will be screening all clmibers. More details to follow as the date nears.







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  • thom p.

    Looooooooooooooong!!! But, FUN!!!

    September 17, 2012

  • Dan F.

    Thanks for organizing this, Leonard! A successful trip with a solid group!

    September 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another great event organized by the maestro of meetups

    September 16, 2012

  • Leonard M.

    A great day Traversing the Bells with a darn good group of folks. We did have a somber moment when we heard about a fallen hiker and it brings to light the need for everyone to really focus on safety first when climbing dangerous mountains. Prayers to the friends and family of the person who lost his life yesterday

    September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The tragic situation on the mountain today (unrelated to this group) dampened my mood and changed the way I'll reflect on this day, but we had a strong team and everyone successfully completed the traverse!

    September 15, 2012

  • Natalie M

    If we are bringing the rope, we may as well do N->S and bypass all the icy cruxes that way. I have 30m light 8mm rope but no pro. I can volunteer to carry the rope :)

    September 11, 2012

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