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Brian Kalet2 Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2009

Brian Kalet

With Corral Peak South.
Posted May 8, 2012 6:19 pm

ShayleeElk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2009

Shaylee

August 20 2011

June 26 2009

I climbed the peak with my mom, dad and brother on June 26 2009. I had a tough time on the way back because of the rain.

Posted Jul 5, 2009 11:03 pm

KesslerElk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2009

Kessler

August 20 2011

June 26 2009

I climbed it with my dad, mom and sister on June 26 2009. I had a good time until the storm hit, but I didn't like the rain at all.
Posted Jul 5, 2009 10:49 pm

ScottElk Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2009

Scott

August 20 2011

I had to work until early afternoon, so after work, Kimberly, Shaylee, Kessler and I went for a climb of Elk Mountain (the one north of Parshall Colorado) since the climb was only 5.6 miles round trip.

Even though we couldn’t climb until after lunchtime, the weather was beautiful and we summitted the peak rather quickly. There were still many wildflowers left, so this was a nice touch. After checking out some of the snowfields we headed south along the ridge and took another route down and thus completing a loop. It was a great little climb and everyone had a good time.

June 26 2009

Today was rainy at times, but in the afternoon it cleared, so Shaylee, Kessler, Kim and I headed out to climb Elk Mountain. The road to the trailhead was very slick and “exciting”, but we did make it to the turnoff for the trailhead.

Unfortunately, our information was outdated and the road to the trailhead was closed permanently. This added three miles round trip to the climb, which wouldn’t be a problem, but we didn’t start up the mountain until 5 pm so it meant we still had six miles round trip to go before dark.

The weather was good and we started up the mountain. The mosquitoes were bad in places and once the trail ended the route became quite swampy. Unfortunately, once we were near the top, the weather deteriorated extremely quickly and a sudden storm blew in. The wind and rain were very fierce (though there was never any thunder what-so-ever) and we donned on all our raingear. Even so we did get wet and we headed quickly over the summit and down the south ridge of the mountain. Visibility was very poor so I had a difficult time navigating once we dropped below timberline, but we just headed down the mountain directly until we intersected the main route.

Even though we brought plenty of coats and raingear, the kids did get a bit cold so it was a relief when we reached the vehicle. The climb had taken us three hours for six miles round trip, which was tough for five year old Shaylee considering the elevation gain, but we really couldn’t stop in the storm and were in a big hurry to get back. We treated the kids to hot chocolate at the first gas station we reached on the return trip.
Posted Jul 5, 2009 10:31 pm

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