Peak:  Maroon Peak (14er)
 Route:  Bell Cord Couloir
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  fishermrtn
 Date of Info:  06/06/2021
 Date Posted:  06/09/2021

Snow reached switchback in West Maroon Creek trail directly below the Garbage Chute at 10,204; +3,574 feet of snow climbing to the top of the Cord!

Left TH at 1:30, passed Garbage Chute around 4:30, sunhit at 6:30, topped out of the couloir just before 8:00. No rush on the ascent due to supportive booter snow. It was nice to take some breaks and enjoy the sunrise. Hero steps the nearly the entire way up!

We did downclimb the Cord starting around 11:00 - I would not want to be ascending that late. A group behind us turned around sometime around when we topped out on the line, I'm assuming because snow started to deteriorate on them. It looked like they were about to enter to Cord itself around 8:00.

Runnel in the couloir is not large yet, but has begun to form. There is a larger runnel on the Garbage Chute bypass that is at least 5' deep as of now.

Still good to go with an early enough start!

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Garbage Chute bypass#2) Just before sunrise, right below entrance to Cord#3) Notch between N / S Maroon, top of Cord#4) Last step up to the final ridge#5) Summit ridgeline on descent#6) View post-climb on 6/6 afternoon

Comments or Questions
06/09/2021 14:51
Number 5 is wonderful.

06/17/2021 17:00
Thank you!!

06/23/2021 08:39
Looks like an awesome day!

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