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barrattRoute Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 6/29/03  Sucess!

barratt

Rewarding hike on Colorado's highest. 14er #7
Posted Jan 19, 2006 8:58 pm

SteamboatClimberRoute Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: May 10th 2004  Sucess!

SteamboatClimber

Small patches of snow to cross at top. Nice easy hike for our group of 6.
Posted Jan 12, 2006 12:54 am

chicagotransplantRoute Climbed: South Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 2, 2005  Sucess!

chicagotransplant

Success in July after failure in January...
Posted Jan 9, 2006 7:58 pm

1mverticalRoute Climbed: NE Ridge Route Date Climbed: July 18, 1999  Sucess!

1mvertical

This was my 2nd climb of Elbert. The first being a March '98 climb in the snow. Very straight forward and easy route. Even in pitch black.
Posted Jan 4, 2006 4:50 pm

colintRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: June 2005  Sucess!

colint

wow, I had Elbert entirely to myself until down to treeline. This summit was the beginning of my summer 2005 cross Colorado peakbagging backpacking general dirtball crusade. Made it to Silverton two months later with approximately 40 climbs and all on foot!
Posted Dec 30, 2005 11:26 pm

CODaveRoute Climbed: South Elbert Trail - from Lakeview Campground Date Climbed: July 9, 2005  Sucess!

CODave

Started from Lakeview Campground up South Elbert trail. Beautiful weather, long hike from the campground.
Posted Dec 30, 2005 12:16 pm

DrifterRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: September 27th, 2004  Sucess!

Drifter

I climbed the entire route without stopping. Although the false peaks almost stopped me. A great climb and a lot of fun. Signed the registry and headed back down.
Posted Dec 29, 2005 9:55 pm

Livelife4SummitsRoute Climbed: via Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 11th, 2003  Sucess!

Livelife4Summits

I actually got there the day before and was pumped after already killing two peaks that day, but based on my estimations and good advise provided by some hikers, my 2pm ascent was not the wisest move. Thus I packed my bags and headed for the treeline to setup camp. I had a hard time locating any flat spots for a site, but managed a couple of feet near the end of the treeline. Got an awesome early start the next morning and had 2 miles heads up on the next party. Reached the summit by 7am, 1st one there and had it all to myself for the half an hour and the closest party was not for another hour behind me. Beautiful morning on the summit.
Posted Dec 29, 2005 2:29 am

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!

Rileywyna

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!

chris615

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!

dyscti

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

indianhillstedRoute Climbed: NEt Ridge Date Climbed: August 1998  Sucess!
Light rain all day, kept trucking along. No thunderstorms. No view from the top.
Posted Oct 28, 2005 5:34 pm

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

kpiljay

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!

chmoore577

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!

Tbacon251

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

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