Climbing the Maroon Bells
(A Climb of Maroon Peak)

28 Jun 2001 - by Chuck Allen

On June 28, 2001, three young friends and I climbed Maroon Peak by its Southeast Ridge route. After waiting two days for weather to clear, throwing rocks and clowning along West Maroon Creek, we finally awoke to stars at 4 am and began our ascent of the grassy ledges. We reached the summit on a beautiful afternoon at 1 p.m.

We have created a detailed PHOTOGRAPHIC TRIP REPORT of our experience. Please visit our site at:

If you are a climber, you will find detailed information about equipment, camera, conditioning, acclimatization, safety, preparations, the mountain and our specific route ... plus over two-dozen "TIPS" that we would have found useful when we researched our climb. Our group is a humorous one, so you will hear of blowgun practice in the hotel, potato gunning over rafters, moonings, bare snow angels on cornices and bottle rocket firings on the summit.

If you are not a climber, we have tried to capture for you the entire experience of climbing a mountain, with ample photos and mental and physical impressions. We have also included some useful mountain links and photos of our other (also funny) travel, ski and climbing adventures.

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Chuck Allen, 53, Jake Collins, 27, Jason McAlister, 21 & Joey Hammond, 17

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