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climberkjpRoute Climbed: Colorado Trail Date Climbed: Fall 1998  Sucess!

climberkjp

The hike to the top of Colorado's highest point is beautiful below treeline. Cloudy conditions on top prevent me from saying what it's like up there. A very friendly mountain
Posted Oct 22, 2002 11:39 am

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Elbert Trail Date Climbed: June 13 2000  Sucess!

rmjwinters

Many false summits
Posted Oct 5, 2002 10:10 pm

cmccallRoute Climbed: Mt Elbert trailhead Date Climbed: August 9 2002  Sucess!
My third 14er. A nice hike a little windy at times. Lots of people on the summit.
Posted Oct 2, 2002 3:24 pm

SpeedyRoute Climbed: Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 6, 2002  Sucess!

Speedy

The first mountain I ever climbed! And the tallest in the state! It was a long day, but we made some new friends and managed to get to the top. Had a Corona on the summit. Not as tasty as I thought it would be, but still fun nonetheless! Saw lots of chipmunks and a marmot, too!
Posted Sep 30, 2002 3:56 pm

dallinwittRoute Climbed: South Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 17, 2002  Sucess!
My dad and I (I'm only 14, but I am a pocket rocket) were able to climb the three highest colorado peaks in 3 days, plus Rainier and Whitney again, giving us the 5 highest summits in the lower 48. This was my fave in CO.
Posted Sep 23, 2002 4:33 pm

couchtaterRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 12, 2002  Sucess!

couchtater

Great day. Lots of people on the mountain.
Posted Sep 6, 2002 1:23 pm

odysseusRoute Climbed: South Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: Aug. 7, 2002  Sucess!

odysseus

A beautiful hike! Met a lady on the summit who's last time up Mt. Elbert was 50 years ago to that very day. Fantastic! Elbert was the 4th of 6 fourteeners that my partner and I bagged over 6 days.
Posted Aug 14, 2002 1:42 pm

kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 14, 2002  Sucess!

kilimanjaro1

A fun climb from North Mount Elbert Trailhead despite all the false summits.
Posted Jul 22, 2002 7:17 pm

climbcoupleRoute Climbed: Halfmoon Creek Trail Date Climbed: July 2 / 2002  Sucess!

climbcouple

Awesome view all the way up above the tree line. Still some snow in the mountains. Hot at the bottom and we actually got a few flakes of snow/sleet at the top!
Posted Jul 11, 2002 9:02 pm

charles97Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 19, 2002  Sucess!

charles97

A beautiful day on the mountain -- plenty of sunshine and no storm. This hike is fairly easy, and I expected a little more fight out of the tallest point in Colorado. Nevertheless, it was a great summer hike. One question though: Why is the tallest point marked with nothing but a makeshift wooden cross? Did I miss something?



I started at 7:30 from the Colorado / Main Range Trailhead and reached summit around 11:10. Felt really good going up, which was a little unexpected because I had just done Sneffels the day before. Smooth and clear the whole way, the only regret I had was getting sunburned on top of my head.



Fourth 14er, second solo.
Posted Jul 10, 2002 10:58 am

Bryan WRoute Climbed: "Classic" Date Climbed: 7/6/02  Sucess!

Bryan W

My first 14er. Wow, what a hike and what a view from the top. La Plata was very inviting over to the SW as it still had a considerable amount of snow on it. The trail was in great shape and it would be impossible to lose it. However, I did not think that it would get so steep so quickly. I found the initial hike through the Aspen's to be the worst part of the hike. Many people had told me to just stay at it and you will get there. This is so, so, true.
Posted Jul 10, 2002 8:58 am

WildtrailRoute Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: June 1999  Sucess!
First Mountain ever climbed.
Posted Jun 28, 2002 3:06 pm

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 21, 2001  Sucess!

wayneaflick

This time I climbed Elbert with my two sons and one of my grandsons. Both sons had to wait about 2 hours on the summit for dear old dad to make it. The grandson gave up about 500 feet from the summit. He should have stayed with me and climbed at a much slower pace.
Posted Jun 28, 2002 2:01 am

EL MwuckoRoute Climbed: Standard route up, Standard route down, double-time! Date Climbed: 1984  Sucess!

EL Mwucko

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.







Mikey
Posted Jun 21, 2002 10:15 am

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: September 17, 1997  Sucess!

wayneaflick

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

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 15, 1970  Sucess!

wayneaflick

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

ctruscotRoute Climbed: Echo Canyon Date Climbed: August 25, 2001  Sucess!
Not much of a trail in parts. Lots of false summits. A good workout that day!
Posted Jun 17, 2002 10:41 am

trillianRoute Climbed: North Date Climbed: May 26 2002  Sucess!
A nice hike at high altitude!
Posted Jun 4, 2002 2:36 pm

coloradoclimberRoute Climbed: 10.2 East Ridge Date Climbed: 7-15-94  Sucess!

coloradoclimber

long climb, great views though.
Posted May 28, 2002 4:43 pm

phillinleyRoute Climbed: North Elbert Trail Date Climbed: May 22, 2002  Sucess!

phillinley

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

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