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nogginNortheast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2005

noggin

There was snow above the first false summit. The weather was great, and there were a TON of people on this trail. It looked like ants on the mountain from the summit.
Posted Mar 7, 2006 1:13 am

MariePSouth Elbert Trial  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2005

MarieP

Very windy on the top but the views are rewarding.
Posted Mar 6, 2006 4:42 pm

Matt ToensingMatt Toensing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2005

Matt Toensing

Did part of the Colo trail and climbed Elbert and Massive as part of the trip.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 5:01 pm

markhyamsNE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2004

markhyams

Early season, but friends in tennis shoes still made it.
Posted Mar 4, 2006 7:49 pm

markhyamsEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 1994

markhyams

Climbed this during a summer living in Aspen. What a summer that was - 20 14ers.
Posted Mar 4, 2006 7:48 pm

Rocky AlpsSouth Elbert Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2005

Rocky Alps

For being the highest mountain after Mt. Whitney in the lower 48 states, I was surprised by how easy Mt. Elbert turned out to be(bottom to top and back in 4 hours, with the help of a 4WD road that let us park at 11,000 feet). La Plata is quite impressive when viewed from the summit, but overall the mountains in the area seemed more like big hills.
Posted Mar 4, 2006 8:22 am

Mountain JimStandard Route  Sucess!

Mountain Jim

First climbed in 1967, two more times since then. The second time was a round trip in 3 hours and 21 minutes ... oh to be that young, again.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 1:08 am

RMdaytripsgrlRoute: NE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2005

RMdaytripsgrl

With cousin. 8 hours. No more Elbert...
Posted Feb 27, 2006 2:03 am

RMdaytripsgrlRoute: NE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2005

RMdaytripsgrl

With friends. 7 hours.
Posted Feb 27, 2006 2:02 am

RMdaytripsgrlRoute: NE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2005

RMdaytripsgrl

With out-of-shape friends...11 hours (OUCH). Got dumped on in the afternoon.
Posted Feb 27, 2006 2:01 am

RMdaytripsgrlRoute: NE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2005

RMdaytripsgrl

4 hr 30 min - 3 hours up, 1.5 down. Sprained ankle on way down...going too fast. Lots of loose scree. This trail is pretty trashed.
Posted Feb 27, 2006 1:59 am

RMdaytripsgrlRoute: Black Cloud  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2002

RMdaytripsgrl

Made summit of S. Elbert (yes, a 14er too!). Weather prevented ridge traverse to Elbert. One of the most beautiful hikes in the Sawatch!
Posted Feb 27, 2006 1:54 am

IamLubosReally windy on top!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2006

IamLubos

Climbed via the South Trail and reached the top at 4:30pm. Wes summitted about an hour earlier. Two other members turned back at around 12,500 ft. It wasn't snowing whole lot, but there was a lot of blowing snow due to wind gusting over the ridges at over 40mph. Lower mountain had several (more than 5!) feet of powder. Make sure to stay on the trail unless you enjoy postholing. Only saw one other group, three guys from the Bay area. HP #25.
Posted Feb 21, 2006 4:15 am

Joel HopperRoute Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: June 1995  Sucess!

Joel Hopper

Climbed with my brother, SP member Woodie Hopper. The climb was windy and the summit was snow-covered.
Posted Feb 20, 2006 5:31 pm

peakrat76peakrat76
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 1979

peakrat76

Beautiful day with few other climbers. My wife's second 14'er.
Posted Feb 19, 2006 6:46 pm

NanitaDNanitaD  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 1988

NanitaD

It was a good day to be on top of the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains.
Posted Feb 18, 2006 8:48 pm

foreverwildwinter ascent  Sucess!

foreverwild

Climbed in early February 2005 with a part of five, long but enjoyable dayhike from the South.
Posted Feb 13, 2006 6:57 pm

shknbkeRoute Climbed: East ridge Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2006  Sucess!

shknbke

Followed a freshly broken track from a CMC group in front of us, which made it much easier for us! The S. Mt Elbert trail is probably the best route to take in winter as you are guaranteed to get within 1 mile of the TH as long as CO-82 is open. Great views on a relatively moderate Feb day, but the winds were pretty rough on top.
Posted Feb 6, 2006 1:09 am

cowlitzRoute Climbed: Northeast ridge trail from gravel road. Date Climbed: June 1980  Sucess!
My brother and I climbed Elbert for altitude training. So we could climb Pico de Orizaba in Mexico. We placed our names in the metal tube at the summit. See the trip report about flatlanders climbing Mt. Elbert. If your curious, check out the one titled "Possibly the last climber to climb Mt. St. Helens before the historic eruption of 1980", on my profile page. Iv'e got some photos from that, that have never been seen. Crater too. Thanks, cowlitz
Posted Feb 6, 2006 12:22 am

KieferRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert trail Date Climbed: October 16, 2005  Sucess!

Kiefer

A really good piece to practice winter hiking on. Long but not terribly difficult. The trail, if that's what you could call it, meanders significantly through the trees but becomes much more evident above treeline. This was in October but I see no reason why it wouldn't be true now (January).
Posted Jan 20, 2006 6:15 pm

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