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Smithman123Route Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: July 1999  Sucess!


This was my first climb over 7200' (high point in my home state of SD). We drove down through the night one friday night, climbed on a sunday morning and drove back the same night. A great first 14er!
Posted Aug 20, 2005 8:25 pm

POWERJLRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert trail. Date Climbed: September 2, 1998  Sucess!
A great 'hike' up. Varying terrain/scenery. The GF and I hit some nearby Hotsprings afterward, which was a great way to end a the trip up yet another 14er!
Posted Aug 18, 2005 10:00 am

shanahan96Route Climbed: Northeast Slopes Date Climbed: July 26, 2004


July 2004- Easy hike, trail was very worn down.

March 2007- First 14ers.com gathering ever! Great time with an awesome group of people, winds above 13,000' were great training for Orizaba.

December 2013- First mountain after returning from a half-year in South America. I struggled with the altitude, but really blazed the final 1000' vertical. Where did that come from?

January 2014- Sarah's winter 14er finisher! Awesome day with a 2-hr summit party! I'll skip coming back up here in February this year. :P

Posted Aug 14, 2005 3:54 pm

pacojgarzaRoute Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: August-7-2005  Sucess!


After spending 5 days traveling through Colorado`s high country, I decided to climb my first Colorado fourteener. Did it in 3:35 whithout problems thanks to good weather and a well worn path. The views from the summit were great specially towards La Plata peak; after a 30 minute break on the top I headed back down and climbed Mt Massive in the afternoon.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 3:14 am

evilprooferRoute Climbed: Northeast Slopes Date Climbed: July 25, 2005  Sucess!


My 3rd 14er (my 1st solo) and my 3rd state highpoint! Woke up to a nasty gray day, with a black cloud over my chosen mountain, but the nastiness held back and I made it to the summit...the things we do when it's our last free day in Colorado...
Posted Aug 10, 2005 10:49 pm

bcaseRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 5, 2005  Sucess!
I climbed with Dan Updegraff of Andover, KS. We arrived from Kansas on the preceding night and climbed the next morning. It is possible to climb without acclimating to the altitude--just more of a challenge. It was 48 degrees at the summit, according to a fellow hiker. We met a 71 year old man up top. The hike down warmed up considerably, with no rain as had been forecast. If you hike, go on a weekday, it's a lot less crowded than it was in the Mt. Elbert trailhead parking lot on the next morning (Saturday).
Posted Aug 10, 2005 11:40 am

blephotoRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 27, 2005  Sucess!


Learned a valuable lesson; take the small camera and no tripod. Beautiful day great climb. This is my first 14er summit. I am from Arkansas where there is plenty of oxygen. Quite a different story at 14,000 feet.
Posted Aug 1, 2005 1:31 pm

haytraciRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 2005  Sucess!


We set out in early afternoon and were blessed with a cloudless, bluebird day. Also, upon reentering treeline, we happened upon a gi-normous porcupine climbing up practically the first tree we saw. Super hike and not nearly as long as everyone seems to believe.
Posted Jul 28, 2005 6:30 pm

kheatwolRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: 7/3/05  Sucess!


2nd Fourteener. This was a long easy hike. Those false summits sure do let you down!
Posted Jul 27, 2005 1:01 pm

Michael CroffordRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 11th, 05  Sucess!

Michael Crofford

Great day, beautiful weather. Summit was a little crowded, but that's ok. 4th state HP, 4th CO 14er.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 3:26 pm

CortezRoute Climbed: Halfmoon Creek Date Climbed: June 21, 2003  Sucess!


One of the easiest 14ers in Colorado.

We did this one on a beautiful crystal clear Colorado Day.

Hiking Party:

Jennifer Booker

Michael Booker


Don Nalley

Billy Boy
Posted Jul 20, 2005 10:53 am

climber46Route Climbed: NE Ridge Date Climbed: July 19, 2003  Sucess!


What a wonderful hike! 4.5 hours up and only 2 hours down! The grassy tundra near treeline was particularly beautiful, and so was the panorama of seemingly all of Colorado at the top!
Posted Jul 19, 2005 8:59 pm

myroneRoute Climbed: From near Halfmoon Creek Date Climbed: Sunday July 17,2005  Sucess!


Started up at 5:35AM reached the summit at 8:23 after a brief rain & sleet shower about 20 mins from the top. 4 people on top who had all climbed up from Twin Lakes. Stayed on the summit 'til 8:50, back down to the trailhead at 10:56 with lots of people heading up. My 14th 14'er and another beautiful Colorado morning, sweet!!
Posted Jul 19, 2005 8:08 pm

19caitlinRoute Climbed: normal Date Climbed: July 11, 2005  Sucess!
great day- nice and warm. first 14er- too bad i live in IN
Posted Jul 19, 2005 6:03 pm

seswansoRoute Climbed: South Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 7, 2004  Sucess!
First 14er for me - I'm hooked! Now I just need to get myself back out to Colorado permanently so I can tackle a some more. Beautiful day for a hike only about 2-3 other people on the summit.
Posted Jul 18, 2005 11:47 am

LSRoute Climbed: normal Date Climbed: 10 Jul 2001  Sucess!


2 hours easy walking to the summit
Posted Jul 17, 2005 3:28 am

395guyRoute Climbed: NE Ridge Date Climbed: Sat, July 16, 2005  Sucess!


Tough, steep climb. Reached the top in 2hrs, 30min. Beautiful sunny skies.
Posted Jul 16, 2005 11:55 pm

brianrRoute Climbed: Black Cloud Trail Date Climbed: July 11, 2005  Sucess!
First 14er, after being thwarted on Massive the previous week. The Black Cloud route was definitely a strenous way to summit and descend Elbert. Lots of loose rock on the switchbacks.
Posted Jul 16, 2005 3:11 pm

CWFryRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!


1st 14er! Nice starter.
Posted Jul 15, 2005 4:45 pm

derekp62Route Climbed: North Trailhead up the North Mt. Elbert Trial Date Climbed: July 10, 2005  Sucess!


The stories are true. It's a walk to the top, but it's not easy! The trails are straight up the mountain with no switchbacks. You're thighs will be having a conversation with you the entire trip up. Take the South Mt. Elbert trail if you want something a little easier. It's a longer walk, but far more gradual! I had a nice stay in the glacial bowl beneath the peak one nice and finished the next. Much nicer than pounding it out as a day hike. The Afternoon storms did come is as all the books said. Around 3pm-5pm I had to small rain showers come through. Just sat it out in my tent. Luckily no lighting. Enjoy it. My first CO 14're

Posted Jul 15, 2005 4:31 pm

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