for my Maroon companions, Jake Collins, Jace McAlister and Joey Hammond, and for our friends and fellow climbers, Brendan Anslinger and DiShon Lutz, who could not make this trip
Maroon Bells and our climbing group
In June 2001, three close friends and I drove from Indiana to Colorado to climb Maroon Peak, also known as South Maroon Peak, the highest of the Maroon Bells at 14,156 feet (left in photo). It was a trip filled with laughter, joking, blow-gunning, potato-gunning, towel-popping, mooning and pillow-fighting. On Thursday, however, we awoke under a canopy of stars and went to work. Seven hours and 3,900 vertical feet later, we arrived together on Maroon's sun-drenched summit. Humor arrived, too, as one of our group did snow angels in his birthday suit and another sent bottle-rockets whizzing past our heads.
This is a photographic trip report of our climb. We offer our mental and physical impressions during the experience. To assist other climbers, we also offer information on physical conditioning, acclimatization, mountain safety, climbing equipment, Wilderness Area access and Maroon Peak's Southeast Ridge route.
Enjoy your visit here. Also, please check out our GUEST BOOK, our FAVORITE LINKS and our POLL at the bottom of the "Final Thoughts" page!
Text and photos on this web page, including photos on his linked Yahoo! Photos page, are Copyright (c) 1971-2004 Chuck Allen. India and Nepal photos are Copyright (c) 2003-2004 Jace McAlister. Matterhorn and Pamplona photos are Copyright (c) 2002-2004 Joey Hammond. Africa photos and photos on his linked Yahoo! Photos page are Copyright (c) 1997-2004 Jake Collins. Fishing photo is Copyright (c) 2004 Brendan Anslinger. If you need to use some of the images, just e-mail us. We're easy and we can probably get you much higher resolution images!