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gbrillmissed the trail
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2004


After some car trouble, we headed out before dawn only to find that we had missed the Continental Divide and had taken an old dirt road to the other side of one of the sister mountains. will come back and try again. Edit: came back and made it a year later.
Posted Aug 20, 2008 12:47 am

Scrambling ManClouded In  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008

Scrambling Man

Just had to do it and check it off the list. Seemed there were a lot of other people with the same idea.
Posted Aug 9, 2008 6:00 pm

mattpierceS Elbert Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2007
Great day out with some friends to the top of Colorado
Posted Aug 8, 2008 4:03 pm

Pete CastriconeBetter than working  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2008

Pete Castricone

Mosquitos to 13k feet. They even got inside my shirt. The trail is a bit touristy for my tastes, and the walk back to the car is long. But, it's better than working. I'd post my time, but seriously...who cares.
Posted Aug 6, 2008 12:23 am

sistinasSouth Mt Elbert Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2008


Third 14er in three days. Wonderful day, and there weren't many people on the trail, though we were greeted by a lot of people on the summit who'd come up via the Northeast Ridge. I was almost eaten alive by mosquitoes on the way down. Make sure to eat your recovery meal at Quincy's in Leadville - can't beat the $10 steak and the cheap drinks!
Posted Aug 4, 2008 5:33 pm

northface28All to Myself  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2008
Started hiking at 5:15. Passed 3 parties and had the summit to myself. My first 14er. Round trip took a little less than 5 hours. Make sure you are in shape for this one or it will take you all day.
Posted Aug 4, 2008 12:38 pm

brookeokWonderful!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2008


This was a great climb. Meet some people including a few families on the way up, but it didn't seem crowded. Saw plenty of curious marmots on the way up. It was a good work out but I finally made it to the top. There were a good bit of people at the top including a youth group. Everyone was nice and cordial. Typical bad weather rolled in and most of the people headed back down. It dropped to 38 at the top. We endured a brief hail and rain storm and escaped the worst of the weather on the way down. The views at the top were unreal. Can't wait to do it again.
Posted Aug 3, 2008 11:45 pm

cp0915NE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2008


After warming up on a rather snowy Blarney Peak the day before, I slogged up this big dog with DB and Andy Mac. A very crowded route.
Posted Aug 3, 2008 6:43 pm

DeanNortheast ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2008


Even on a thursday, there were a lot of hikers on this one. Perfect weather allowed me to spend over an hour on the summit.
Great hike, great mountain, great day. 4 hours up, 2 hours down.
Posted Aug 1, 2008 11:07 pm

dunking_deutschmanSawatch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2008


Took my little brother up this mountain for his first ever summit hike anywhere. The trail up the northeast ridge is straightforward but consistently steep. The views from the summit were much better than I expected after researching this hike. Just beautiful. My 7th "fourteener" success story and one I will surely remember for the rest of my life.
Posted Jul 30, 2008 12:07 am

mancopaFirst 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2008


Went up over South elbert and Elbert. This was my first CO 14er. It was a great hike. Pretty much alone until we hit the top of Elbert.
Posted Jul 22, 2008 2:39 pm

mlandau3My First 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2008


It was like Grand Central Station at the summit. Lots of people. We had chosen the south trailhead and didn't see many people until we approached the summit. Excellent views in every direction.
Posted Jul 21, 2008 2:27 am

dwhikeUnbelievable First...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2008


First 14-er for my wife and I. What an incredible place. Took the NE Ridge Route which was pleasantly well-travelled. The elevation took its toll a bit on us flatlanders(or it could be I'm getting older) but what an amazing reward at the top...snow-covered peaks in every direction! Had blue skies at the summit but was thundering by the time we reached treeline, our timing couldn't have been better. One of my most memorable hikes...now to make the trip report...
Posted Jul 14, 2008 12:25 pm

fridayTop of Colorado!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2008


I stayed 3 days acclimating at the Elbert Creek Campground before setting out. I started out at around 5:30 and went at a nice pace until the steep start up the first false summit, at around 13,300. The lack of oxygen was very noticeable and the higher I went, the more I seemed to slow down and take more breaks. But, before I knew it, I was reaching each of the false summits, and soon enough, reached the summit. The view from up there is just incredible, much more than words can describe.

I met up with another hiker from Indianapolis on the summit, and agreed to walk down with her. This made the descent much better, having someone to converse with the entire time.

I'm back in Michigan, but I cant wait to get back to Colorado!
Posted Jul 10, 2008 9:38 am

thexcatStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2008


Left early and made summit with brother rather fast. We had the summit to ourselves for 30 minutes (if you don't count the marmots). Nice.
Posted Jul 9, 2008 12:53 pm

photo61guySummer Traning mountain.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2008
Nice day for a 14'er week before Bolivia in mid July.
Posted Jul 7, 2008 8:01 pm

PapaBanucciHiked with Older Two Kids  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008


Forecast was rain but the weather was nice. We spent an hour and a half at the summit.
Posted Jul 5, 2008 10:30 pm

eric-grizFirst Fourteener  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008


North Mt. Elbert Trail. It was a tough hike up to the top of Colorado.
Posted Jul 5, 2008 7:55 pm

Seth MaciejowskiNortheast Ridge Great Peak!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2008

Seth Maciejowski

An awesome peak! Amazing views and a beautiful hike up the northeast ridge. I can't say enough about how awesome of a hike this one is!
Posted Jun 24, 2008 10:17 pm

panhandlerFirst Colorado Summit!
Date Climbed: May 8, 2006


Summitted on my birthday in pretty nasty weather. 50 - 60 mph winds and whiteout, but kept on to the summit. Fun climb, but not much more than a long snow slog/hike.
Posted May 16, 2008 7:57 pm

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