Ascent of Pyramid Peak on 2008-08-28

Climber: Patrick Lilly

Others in Party:Trisha Conlon
Date:Thursday, August 28, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pyramid Peak
    Elevation:14018 ft / 4272 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed the standard peakbagger's route, the NE ridge from the Maroon Lake trailhead. 5 am start, reached the summit at about 12:30 pm, spent 30 min. on the summit, and finished just before 6 pm. Fabulous weather. This peak lived up to its reputation as one of Colorado's most difficult 14ers. Sustained Class 3 and 4 climbing for nearly 2,000 feet vertical, and an annoying descent through the tilted boulders of the amphitheater. We took the newly developed trail up out of Maroon Creek, but somehow missed it on the way down, and followed the old trail to a point farther south. This added half a mile or so to our day, but no big deal. A great day, a great peak. 14er #39 for me.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4418 ft / 1346 m
    Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Route:NE ridge
    Trailhead:Maroon Lake TH  9600 ft / 2926 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:5 Hours 0 Minutes

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