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Alex HikerRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: September 14, 2005  Sucess!
I started late after 11 am, because I have just arrived to Leadville that day. It was nice not difficult hike. Unfortunately, I could not enjoy a view from the summit because of the snow storm. Nevertheless, I was able to take some pictures of the other ridge partially hidden by the clouds.
Posted Dec 21, 2005 5:34 pm

RileywynaRoute Climbed: Regular route Date Climbed: Aug 1995  Sucess!


My first real Mountain. Hitch Hiked there from Texas on my way back to Canada. I had no idea what I was doing. I just heard it was the highest Mountain in Colorado. Climbed to 12,000 or so with my suitcase and bivied under a home made stick tent. Couldn't figure out why I couldn't start a fire. When I finally got one going it burnt like crap. I then got kind of dizzy and lied down under my home made tent. Sometime during the night I started hallucinating and I am pretty sure squirrels were running all over me. Woke up in the morning, filled up the milk jug I had found with water, and hiked to the top. My first 14'er and I was not acclimatized. It was hard....
Posted Dec 19, 2005 6:36 am

Will DavisRoute Climbed: N. Elbert Date Climbed: July 1, 2005  Sucess!

Will Davis

First 14er. Piece of cake, mostly.
Posted Dec 11, 2005 11:19 pm

chris615Date Climbed: Friday may the 13th  Sucess!


My 13th Mountain, My first time over 2550 meters, summited on Friday the 13th. Day hike from the massive-elbert trailhead, which included postholeing up to my knees-waist at times WITH my snowshoes
Posted Dec 9, 2005 5:40 pm

hitec100Route Climbed: South Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: October 2, 2003
I hiked up Mt. Elbert fairly late in the year. I left the Mt. Elbert lodge around 5:45 in the morning, so that I could start climbing from the South Mt. Elbert trailhead at 6am. Snow chains on my shoes helped with the snow near the top, but I had to turn back as the weather got worse and my cold finally got the best of me. Still took a lot of great pictures with my digital camera. Got back to the trailhead around 2:30pm, so this was a good day.
Posted Nov 9, 2005 10:27 pm

dysctiRoute Climbed: North Trail Date Climbed: August 29th, 2005  Sucess!


Camped at the trailhead to get an early start the next day. Passed many, many people on the way down which surprised me as it was a Monday.
Posted Oct 29, 2005 3:53 pm

kpiljayRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 19, 2005  Sucess!


The first 14er I climbed and one of the easiest mountains too. Pleasant trail and not steep at the top.
Posted Oct 27, 2005 11:08 am

chmoore577Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: October 7, 2005  Sucess!


A beautiful clear day. Lots of snow above treeline but sunny and warm. Got a nice sunburn as we left the coats along the trail and went on in shirt-sleeves. Great views and not too crowded. We camped in the small pines near the trailhead the night before and had temps fall well into the 20's (F) but warmed quickly as we began the hike.
Posted Oct 21, 2005 2:47 pm

Tbacon251Route Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 10-09-05  Sucess!


Made the summit and was enveloped in a large snow storm that dumped 15 inches while I was on the mountain. Not a fun day.

This was nothing like first attempt earlier in the year (that failed). I would love to go back some day on a clear day to get a view. I hear that it is great.
Posted Oct 14, 2005 3:17 am

El_CapitanRoute Climbed: Standard Mt. Elbert Trail from the end of the 4wd road Date Climbed: July 16, 2005  Sucess!
It's a rough drive up the 4wd road. I have a Pathfinder and it was still a tough drive. The hike was fairly easy with the steepest section at the bottom through the trees. 3:30 up, 2 hours down.
Posted Oct 12, 2005 2:26 pm

DHedrickRoute Climbed: Mount Elbert Date Climbed: August 21, 2005  Sucess!
Learned later from the locals in Leadville that early afternoon thunder and lightning storms are the norm on Elbert during the summer months and to be expected. Trip report posted.
Posted Oct 5, 2005 12:13 pm

14erguyRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 06-2001  Sucess!


Long Trail
Posted Oct 3, 2005 12:23 pm

crzyjtRoute Climbed: southeast ridge via black cloud trailhead Date Climbed: september 5, 2005  Sucess!


excellent sunny day. this trail gets steep before it hits the summit ridge. We descended the saddle between elbert and "south elbert." pretty steep loose scree; i don't really reccomend it, but the drainage you hike out is beautiful this way, and you can avoid any crowds (the black cloud trailhead doesn't appear to get much traffic anyway, though).
Posted Oct 2, 2005 1:16 pm

Bob SihlerRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: July 18, 2004  Sucess!

Bob Sihler

I started about an hour before dawn not to beat weather-- I hit the summit in less than 3 hrs.-- but to beat crowds; I counted over 90 people heading up as I went down. It was great to be atop the Rockies-- windy and bitterly cold, too. The perfect complement to this is a stop afterward at Wild Bill's in Leadville-- best burgers in Colorado.

Posted Sep 30, 2005 10:17 pm

omahikerRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: June 2001  Sucess!


I was staying at a cabin at Elbert' s base. I never had climbed a mountain before. I grabbed one of the kid's backpack and tried it. I made it solo in 3.5 hours. I am

now seriously hooked.
Posted Sep 26, 2005 8:09 pm

Buz GroshongRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail from near Twin Lakes Date Climbed: 24 September 1998  Sucess!

Buz Groshong

This was my second Colorado 14er and it was a great hike. When you live at sea level, it's hard to get used to the lack of O's.
Posted Sep 15, 2005 9:35 pm

samajaxRoute Climbed: Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 9Sept05  Sucess!


This seemed easy for a flatlander. About 3 hours up. Not to many people, but it was September.
Posted Sep 12, 2005 1:22 pm

Erik BeelerRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: 8/24  Sucess!

Erik Beeler

After 10 hours on Massive the day before this was much shorter. I took the easy route and left camera and anything else I could back at camp.
Posted Sep 11, 2005 9:39 am

Gord BostonRoute Climbed: from North Mt. Elbert Trailhead Date Climbed: Aug. 15, 2005  Sucess!

Gord Boston

2nd 14'er. Good trail got a little steep around 13,000 feet, wouldn't want to come down in the rain
Posted Sep 7, 2005 11:44 pm

shanrickvRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: Sept. 4, 2005  Sucess!


Great climb with what seemed like about 500 other people on a Sunday morning. Touched the top of Colorado in just under 3 hours and did the round trip back to the trailhead in 5 1/2 hours. Easy climb with a very good trail to the summit.
Posted Sep 6, 2005 9:13 am

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