This shot was taken at Independence Pass, one of my favorite places and best on a full moon
Our campsite was just above Crater Lake
For better (or worse) we started up a bit late Monday morning under cloudy skies
Phyllis on good and steep trail
Looks pretty happy, eh?
Unfortunately, the sea of talus dampened her high spirits
Lovely views all around
Tanking up for climb to the saddle
Weather worsened as we ascended and some on their way down glowered at us
Phyllis on Pyramid
Yeah, we made it but the descent was foggy, slick and with a few harrowing moments!
The weather did however - improve
This guy was looking for water. There's none up there. Runs under the moraine - like Touching the Void!
The Bells from Crater Lake
We did a recon of the trailheads for both South and North Maroon on Tuesday
The area received A LOT of moisture producing an abundance of healthy fungi
A bona fide alpine start for Maroon Peak Wednesday morning
The approach (and descent) is VERY long!
It was great to reach the ridge but of course the hard part still to come...
Maroon Summit. So close, yet so far...
The route finding was difficult but the weather held until we started on the traverse to North Maroon when we had to RETREAT!
Pyramids across valley
Crater and Maroon Lakes
Maroon Peak summit view
Snowmass and Capitol. Do those clouds look threatening to you?
Phyllis en route to the top
North Maroon. We got to the low point of the saddle before beating a hasty retreat. It was electric. Phyllis's helmet and the poles on my back were buzzing
The calm before the storm...Regrets for lack of bone-chilling photos and blood curdling shrieks -
We went to Aspen Thursday for a jolt of civilization but for Phyllis's birthday Friday set our sights on North Maroon
There was a sizable and varied crowd who also had the same idea
I especially enjoyed talking to Tom from Tennessee
It was a perfect day and Phyllis says North Maroon is her favorite 14er
North Maroon summit
Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Phyllis on the summit
Maroon Peak in background
It's all about the hair!