The First Ascent of Thunder Pyramid

The First Ascent of Thunder Pyramid
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Fifty years ago, a group of climbers topped the last of Colorado’s 100 highest peaks.

By Stewart M. Green

As climbers, we go into the world to have fun, to have an adventure, to find new places, and to challenge ourselves. We usually don’t think about the meaning of what we do too often or place our adventures within a greater context. It’s only later, maybe years later, that the mountains and cliffs and towers that we’ve climbed begin to assume an historical context, to have meaning beyond our own lives.

August 2 was the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of an unnamed, unclimbed peak on a ragged ridge south of Pyramid Peak east of the Maroon Bells in Colorado’s Elk Mountains. The peak, simply labeled 13,932 for its elevation on the USGS Maroon Bells topo map, was the last of Colorado’s 100 highest peaks, now called the Centennials, to be climbed.

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