Peak:  Maroon Peak (14er)
 Route:  Bell Cord Couloir
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  slawrence2011
 Date of Info:  05/30/2021
 Date Posted:  05/30/2021

Did not summit. Camped at Crater lake to get an early start. Hit the trail by 230 from E end crater lake. I put my crampons on after the snow angle got steep during the traverse to the right of the waterfalls. Snow quality was ok with the 27 overnight freeze at the summit, but punched through sometimes. I did not get to the top of the Couloir until 9 due to so much postholing, and skipped the summit to try to avoid a wet slide on the ski down. Was able to keep skis on the entire Couloir, but a lot of side stepping to get in and around the narrow parts with so many rocks. No significant runnels in the Couloir itself (one sketchy one to cross on the lower traverse). Quite a bit of natural snow and rockfall after sunrise, mostly small.

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Comments or Questions
05/30/2021 15:36
Nice climb, and good decisions. Sick ski

Excellent report
05/31/2021 15:10
Cool place to spend a day.

Thank you
06/02/2021 06:32
Thank you for the report we are headed up the Couloir this weekend. I have been wanting to climb it for 4 years, and it finally looks like all the things are going to line up.

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