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Bell Cord Couloir

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1.1 mile 1.7 kilometer point to point
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Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -3,294' -1,004 m
High: 13,675' 4,168 m
Low: 10,380' 3,164 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 59% (30°)
Max Slope: 97% (44°)
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A steep, technical descent between two of Colorado's most iconic peaks.

Jacob Winey
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

This is a serious route, the ability to self-arrest is imperative and rockfall coming off of North Maroon is likely.

Description

Bell Cord Couloir is very steep descent down the east face of the maroon bells. Slough, runnels, and rockfall are guaranteed hazards of this route. The first snowfield after dropping in is relatively wide and might be fluted.

Then, it chokes to around 15 feet wide at an angle of 60+ degrees. Once you've passed the choke, it opens up again, be wary of crevasse-like holes on the downhill sided of rocks. I skied to the right once it opened up to make it over to a feature called the "Garbage Chute", which drops you into the final snowfield below the bells. The Garbage Chute was absolutely bullet-proof since it gets just about zero sun throughout the day. Route assessment is a necessary skill.

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Ready to drop into Bell Cord. The snow looks... adventurous!
Apr 11, 2016 near Snowmas…, CO
Climbers in the top snowfield of Bell Cord.
Apr 11, 2016 near Snowmas…, CO

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