Last Monday I added another peak to my list of summited 14ers here in Colorado. Along with my friend Scott, our friend Bob from Nebraska (who has climbed all 54 fourteeners) and a friend of his, the four of us made it to the top of one of the more challenging Colorado 14ers at around 11:15 a.m. after 5 hours of steady, but sometimes slow climbing. We got to walk across a narrow ledge and I even encountered a mountain goat who I found myself face to face with from about 10 feet away. Fortunately, he had enough room to get by me without knocking me off the mountain. The entire summit ridge (the last mile) was packed with plenty of exposed areas and lots of Class 4 climbing all the way to the top.
As an added bonus to the trip we enjoyed awesome views of the Maroon Bells. I love those mountains!
Aspen is a long way to drive to get a peak in, but the Elk Mountains are a great, if not challenging, place to go climbing. I would compare Pyramid favorably with Capital and Crestone Needle as 1 of the 3 most difficult peaks I have ever done.