Italy Envy – Colorado Lines on South Maroon Peak

Post by blogger | March 18, 2006      
Maroon Bells ski and climb routes.
After that excellent Italy guest blog from Romeo I’m suffering from Euro envy. Antidote, dig out a photo of a favorite Colorado fourteener and draw some route lines on it. A– original east couloir on South Maroon Peak (IV D11 R2) , first skied in 1970s, first from summit in 1980. B– alternate east couloir, 1970s. C– East Face route, first descent by Rex Wherman around 1996 (IV D16 R3). D– Stammberger/Pokress winter climbing route, no known ski descent. E– Bell Cord Couloir (IV D14 R2), usually skied from saddle. F– summer climbing route for North Maroon, not a ski route. G– North Maroon North Face classic ski route (IV D15 R3). “Garbage Chute” access route is the fissure at lower left (D-5). There are at least three other major ski routes on terrain not shown in the photo. Thanks goes to Peter Kelley for the photo.


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7 Responses to “Italy Envy – Colorado Lines on South Maroon Peak”

  1. Mark March 18th, 2006 6:13 am

    I’ll bet the Stammberger/Pokress route would have been a Hans Saari temptation. He seemed to look for routes like that.


  2. Pete Sowar March 18th, 2006 6:47 am

    “D” has a ski desescent. Rex skied it 10 years ago. Didn’t go down quite as far as your route shows. Cuts to the Bell Cord a little higher.

  3. Walt Burger March 18th, 2006 11:48 am

    Cool picture and route description of the belles. Rumor has it that you had beta on your website for a skiable line off of capitol peak from the summit. Could you post it again?
    p.s. Love the advertisement for the girl asking the question “Could I get paid to ski?” Thanks for the great web site!

  4. steve romeo March 18th, 2006 6:59 pm

    Where’s the Tram Lou???

  5. mike marolt March 18th, 2006 9:01 pm

    Lou, do the bells really ring?

  6. Patrick Odenbeck March 19th, 2006 8:53 am

    The Bells have the best lines! We are lucky to have such amazing peaks here. G must have some big drops in it. Or do you just pick and choose.

  7. Lou March 19th, 2006 9:02 am

    Pat, G is actually the North Face route, mostly out of the photo. The stuff directly down from G is mostly cliffs, I’m not sure if there is a possible ski line in there, perhaps during an amazing snow year when the whole mountain is caked…

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