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SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge and Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July, 1984  Sucess!


One of the more memorable summits, as it provided a terrific demonstration of how fast lightning storms can move in. Aaron Johnson, Mike Kloepfer, and myself were malingering during a perfect early afternoon on the summit when we heard a rumble behind us, turned, and just like that were running down the mountain as fast as humanly possible! The rocks were humming, my wool shirt was crackling with static electricity, Mike's hair (almost waist long at the time) was standing straight up--indeed a sight!--and timberline, on that mountain, under that circumstance, is a long, long flight to shelter. We made it (obviously), but have never forgotten the experience, and have since been more than a bit more attentive to the weather! We were so exhausted from the experience we called ourselves the "Noodle Knees Express." 'Nuff said.
Posted Jul 27, 2004 6:59 pm

joel2loungeRoute Climbed: NE ridge Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!


1st Fourteener
Posted Jul 25, 2004 12:52 pm

awillsonRoute Climbed: Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 27, 2001  Sucess!


This was my first 14er. Might as well go big on your first try. Climbed with my dad, 2 brothers, and a cousin.
Posted Jul 8, 2004 9:08 am

granddeityRoute Climbed: South Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: June 28, 2004  Sucess!
Overcast morning, was able to hike up through the clouds and then look down at them. Great hike, beautiful mountain. I celebrated my first wedding anniversary with my wife at the summit.
Posted Jul 2, 2004 1:09 am

brentonjweaverRoute Climbed: E ridge Date Climbed: august 2001  Sucess!


Beautiful morning, but chased down to treeline by thunderstorms.
Posted Jun 4, 2004 1:25 am

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: February 2002  Sucess!


This was my first real winter ascent. It was pretty cold that night (something like -20 degrees F), but the cool part was we got a fly-over from a fighter pilot when we were on top! Definitely won't forget that!
Posted May 12, 2004 2:54 pm

f360driverRoute Climbed: Black Cloud Trail Head Date Climbed: 5/03  Sucess!


First 14er and first mountain. I was addicted after this.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 6:41 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: September 15, 2002  Sucess!


Erin was good enough to repeat Elbert with me. With this peak, hers and my 14er counts were finally equal! A gorgeous day to be atop Colorado.
Posted Apr 12, 2004 12:20 pm

chip00Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 22, 2003  Sucess!


I climbed with my wife Janet, 21 y/o daughter Emily, and 17 y/o son Robert. We left the trailhead at 8:00 am and returned at 2:00 PM. The trail was clearly marked, easy to follow, and and a steep hike. The weather was warm, in the 70s at the trailhead in the afternoon. At the summit the temperature was in the low 40s and we had some sleet. We encountered about 15 people on the trail but visited with about 30 people at the summit.

Posted Apr 6, 2004 11:59 am

AlpinistRoute Climbed: Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: March 21, 2004  Sucess!


Team of 3 all summited. The sky was crystal clear with breath taking views! This was a nice easy hike. The only challenge is the altitude. You can really feel it coming from near sea level. Trip report.
Posted Mar 23, 2004 7:45 am

ChrisRoute Climbed: Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: Dec 31, 1995 / May 1999  Sucess!


Great hike, beautiful views of the Arkansas River Valley and surrounding peaks.
Posted Mar 22, 2004 10:00 pm

esugiRoute Climbed: Elbert Trail Date Climbed: September 2002  Sucess!


Summitted Elbert the day after doing Lincoln/Cameron/Democrat. Coming from Seattle where trailheads are normally around 3000 to 5000 ft, its neat to be able to start off from 10,000 ft.

Posted Mar 6, 2004 11:56 pm

carloselbrusRoute Climbed: East Ridge. Date Climbed: Aug 4th 2001  Sucess!


I guided a a climb to benefit The Emily Griffth Center. A team of 7 climbers. all summit.
Posted Mar 2, 2004 10:54 am

hgrapidRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 6/6/2002  Sucess!


Great day, with little snow on the summit. This was my first Colorado 14er. I have now done 6. It took me 2hours 37minutes from the parking lot to get to the summit. The summit was windy and cold, and after a quick lunch, 15 minutes later I had to go back down. Gorgeous mountain!
Posted Feb 27, 2004 11:03 am

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: NE ridge Date Climbed: Aug. 14, 2003  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

One last altitude acclimation hike before the Leadville 100 in 2 days. I went with another runner and we took about 5 1/2 hours round trip. It was frustrating waiting for him (I have done it in under 3 hours before) but probably best not to overtrain at this point.
Posted Feb 19, 2004 9:02 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!


Pretty standard Sawatch fourteener hike - tiring on the legs.
Posted Jan 9, 2004 7:12 pm

NelsonRoute Climbed: North & South Trails Date Climbed: May, 1993; July, 2002  Sucess!


The 1993 climb was on skis from Halfmoon Campground. We had the entire mountain to ourselves until right at the summit.

The 2002 ascent from the south trail, hiking with my wife.
Posted Dec 30, 2003 9:10 am

Day HikerNortheast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2011

Day Hiker

Wow, this trail is steep. It seems that those who built it never heard of switchbacks; the trail just shoots right up the side of the mountain. From the junction at the Colorado Trail to the summit, the trail climbs about 3800 feet in about 3.5 miles. Between 13400 and 13900 feet, there is only one quarter mile of trail.
2003 August 05.
2011 September 03.
Posted Dec 28, 2003 1:53 am

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: South Ridge from Blackcloud TH Date Climbed: July 15, 2000  Sucess!


Mighty Elbert. A nice hike for me and dogs Moses and Jax.

Jon Bradford
Posted Dec 18, 2003 7:00 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 99  Sucess!


Not too bad.
Posted Dec 3, 2003 1:06 am

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