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pennibockerRoute Climbed: North Elbert Date Climbed: June 11, 2004  Sucess!


My third attempt. The weather held this time. Massive the next day.
Posted Sep 2, 2004 2:14 pm

Lowa renntRoute Climbed: South Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 15, 2004  Sucess!
Hoofed it the whole way from the beginning of the 4wd road.Watched with amusement as someone in a Toyota sedan pulled up to the stream crossing and slowly turned around.It took about 7 hours round trip.Great day!
Posted Aug 26, 2004 1:13 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: South Elbert from Black Cloud Trailhead Date Climbed: July 3, 2004  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

A good day on a surprisingly secluded trail. The summit was a bit of a mall, but Bull Hill made up for it!
Posted Aug 22, 2004 9:32 pm

belexesRoute Climbed: North Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 16, 2004  Sucess!


This one was a bit harder than I had expected, the trail is pretty steep most of the way. The clouds started building up pretty early, and when I reached the summit around 11 AM (it took about three hours), the sky was looking a little threatening. There were still quite a few hikers heading up, despite the darkening skies. Great scenery up there!
Posted Aug 17, 2004 12:26 pm

shawniemcRoute Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 5, 2004  Sucess!


My second successful 14er!

Weather was a little odd: foggy in early morning, clearing up partially allowing for good views by noon with light, and fleeting, rain showers on the way down.

Hitched a ride over the 4 wheel drive approach coming and going, glad I did.

Lots of people out on trail that day, most of which were in a group benefiting an orchestra. I was surprised that many of them were Coloradoans for whom this was their first hike in the mountains (figure that one out).

Posted Aug 9, 2004 2:33 pm

georgbetsyRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 12 2004  Sucess!


We started our climb from the Black Could Trailhead at 6 am (27 degrees F). The weather was great till we reached South Elbert. Once we reached South Elbert the wind picked up significantly and it started snowing. The trip up the ridge was a true challenge and we were misserably cold. Once we reached the summit we saw several groups that summitted using the normal route. They were in high spirts, joking, laughing, ... (had no weather problems at all). We were ready to decent, since it looked as if the weather might continue to worsen. We decended the route labled 3V1 in Roach and encountered some route finding challenges. -- overall we had a great day.
Posted Jul 30, 2004 7:28 pm

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

Scott WesemannRoute Climbed: S. Ridge Date Climbed: 9/01

Scott Wesemann

This was a fun hike with a great view of the 14ers. It snowed the night before, so there were a couple of inches of snow above 12,000. The summit was sooo cold!! The wind was very strong and it was almost unbearable, so we did not stay on top for long. (See trip report)
Posted Jun 10, 2004 12:04 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

DaveCRoute Climbed: ne ridge Date Climbed: aug 98  Sucess!


being on strike afforded an extra 14er this summer. descended in snow with a deaf woman who communicated on a pad. easy but long wet day.
Posted May 20, 2004 9:35 pm

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

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: Black Cloud Gulch Trail Date Climbed: June 16, 2002  Sucess!


At the top of Colorado with Kara!!!
Posted Apr 10, 2004 7:09 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

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