Mount Elbert Climber's Log
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|EL Mwucko||Route Climbed: Standard route up, Standard route down, double-time! Date Climbed: 1984|
|The birth of the “Noodle Knees Express”|
A pleasant day of hiking up the mountain yielded great new friendships. After a leisurely lunch on the summit, thunderclouds in the distance persuaded us to begin our descent back to the trailhead.
And then it began.
First, the clouds rolled in. The air was charged with electricity. I felt a buzzing and snapping in my ear, which turned out to be my (now electrically charged) earring.
I can still hear the words as if it were only yesterday….
Betsy: “Robin, your hair is standing on end.”
Robin: “So is yours.”
Both [turning to me]: “Mike, so is YOURS!” (My shoulder length hair was standing straight out!)
Aaron: “LET’S BOOGIE!”
And we ran. When we could run no more, we stopped. CRACK! The lighting burst straight past us into the valley below. We ran some more.
I have never been so frightened and humbled in my life. Far above timberline, there was nowhere to hide, nothing to hide under. WE were the tallest point on the surface of the mountain.
We stopped. The rocks around us were now buzzing and humming with electricity. BANG! The air exploded around us. We ran until our knees cried out in agony; our hearts felt like they would burst as we panted and gasped for breath. Wave after wave of lightning erupted on all sides, above and below us.
You have never truly lived until you have had the life scared OUT of you. There is no experience that even comes close.
We ran for the tree-line, lightning flashing all around us. When we thought it was impossible to continue, a crash of lightning would start us running again.
The storm passed as quickly as it had begun. It turned and moved toward the south, in search of other hapless victims. By the time we reached the trailhead, the weather had turned downright pleasant again, as if nothing had happened. We stopped and soaked our aching feet in the river. As we drove away from the mountain, we could see another storm approaching behind us. Later we learned that one mountain away, a woman had been struck by lightning while climbing Mt. Massive with her husband. We were grateful to have made it out in all in one piece.
That day, we coined the name “the Noodle Knees Express” and it stuck.
It is said that people who survive trauma together form strong bonds. This was doubly true of the friends formed that day. We would climb together for years to come, and shared many wonderful and extraordinary experiences.
|Posted Jun 21, 2002 10:15 am|
|wayneaflick||Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: September 17, 1997|
|I climbed Elbert the second time in September. It's still a long climb, no matter what month its climbed.|
|Posted Jun 17, 2002 7:27 pm|
|wayneaflick||Route Climbed: Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 15, 1970|
|Climbed Elbert for the first time with my son Patrick. He was just 7 at the time and never made it all the way to the summit. He waited for me on the trail and everybody who I saw told me how he was doing.|
|Posted Jun 17, 2002 7:24 pm|
|ctruscot||Route Climbed: Echo Canyon Date Climbed: August 25, 2001|
|Not much of a trail in parts. Lots of false summits. A good workout that day!|
|Posted Jun 17, 2002 10:41 am|
|trillian||Route Climbed: North Date Climbed: May 26 2002|
|A nice hike at high altitude!|
|Posted Jun 4, 2002 2:36 pm|
|coloradoclimber||Route Climbed: 10.2 East Ridge Date Climbed: 7-15-94|
|long climb, great views though.|
|Posted May 28, 2002 4:43 pm|
|phillinley||Route Climbed: North Elbert Trail Date Climbed: May 22, 2002|
|Extremely cold day for May that started out with an hour or so of snow showers in the wee hours of the morning. Heavy winds kept the afternoon stormsto the north. Still plenty enough snow for a nice snow slide back down on my cafeteria tray. If I had a chance to do it again, I'd take the Halfmoon trail since it is shorter and just as easy of a route.|
|Posted May 24, 2002 6:08 pm|
|Matt Mahoney||Route Climbed: NW ridge Date Climbed: Aug 16 2001|
|2nd summit of Nolan's 14. Steve Simmons was about an hour behind and most other runners were ahead. We climbed the NW ridge, 3000 ft. in 1 mile, descended over Bull Hill to Echo Canyon. On to La Plata.|
|Posted May 17, 2002 4:38 pm|
|darinchadwick||Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: August 1996|
|Tried to solo Mt. Elbert, but there were way too many interesting people on the trail. Only Grays, Longs, and Whitney have been as crowded in my experience. So I gave up and enjoyed the social mtn. hike. Pretty big old pile of stones Elbert is.|
|Posted Apr 2, 2002 6:42 am|
|tedde1||Route Climbed: Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 3, 2000|
|Posted Mar 27, 2002 12:57 pm|
|steve simmons||Route Climbed: straight up from the nw Date Climbed: aug. 16th, '01|
|2:00 summit, sunny and windy and chilly! |
|Posted Jan 3, 2002 4:24 pm|
|tjburr||Route Climbed: Echo Canyon Date Climbed: 07/10/1988|
|Climbed with Sean McHugh (now deceased). Most memorable moments included hiking through the largest patch of Columbine I've ever seen; passing by some old mine structures; and climbing in weather that included rain, sleet, snow and hail at different times during our hike. It was nice to get to the top of the highest peak in Colorado. TJ Burr, Author of "Rocky Mountain Adventure Collection" available through www.bn.com.|
|Posted Dec 29, 2001 7:00 pm|
|nader||Route Climbed: Lakeview Campground Mt. Elbert Trailhead Date Climbed: July 1994|
|1st 14er Summit!|
|Posted Dec 26, 2001 4:39 pm|
|Zeke||Route Climbed: Halfmoon Date Climbed: April 1997|
|Great time and a pretty long day, snow shoe on, snow shoes off. Almost proposed to my exgirlfriend on that summit, WHEW that was close!|
|Posted Nov 28, 2001 11:53 am|
|xskier77||Route Climbed: Halfmoon Trailhead Date Climbed: Sometime between 1996-1998|
|This was my first fourteener. I went solo and took 4 hours to summit and 3 hours to get back to the car. I must've done this hike in the late summer during the week because I don't recall seeing a single person and the photos I have show a decent amount of snow on surrounding mountains.|
|Posted Nov 13, 2001 12:51 am|
|steeleman||Route Climbed: Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 1994|
|Great views, great weather. Very popular and crowded due to its status as highest in colorado.|
|Posted Oct 28, 2001 5:18 pm|
|Paul Burkholder||Route Climbed: Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 9/24/2000|
|2 inches of snow at 10,500' about 6" at the summit. Beautiful views. This could be a very enjoyable winter ski trip. Easy walk for such a big mountain.|
|Posted Oct 25, 2001 7:05 pm|
|mwalker2||Route Climbed: Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 2/2/01|
|Nice day - yes, a hailstorm, a little rain, a little clouds, a little sun, but this is Colroado after all. Easy climb to a crowded top - nice way to end the summer.|
|Posted Sep 3, 2001 5:58 pm|
|miztflip||Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 2000|
|Great Hike to the highest point in Colorado.|
|Posted Aug 21, 2001 3:38 pm|
|dbutler||Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 8/13/01|
|This was a relatively easy hike. Enjoy the view at the top!|
|Posted Aug 20, 2001 9:02 am|