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GarethNortheast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2008


Twenty-one years after first seeing Elbert, I finally stood on its summit. I hiked this one with McCannster, on a very pleasant weekend that was full of chilling in the flaming aspen highcountry.
Posted Oct 4, 2008 2:40 pm

McCannsterNorth Elbert Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2008


With Gareth. 4th state highpoint. The Aspen tress were spectacular. Temp was about 30 F when i summited around 7:30 am.
Posted Sep 28, 2008 8:11 pm

sierramtngoatRoute Climbed: Black Cloud Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2008


My wife and I were able to bag Elbert and South Elbert this way and had the pleasure of hiking up though aspen groves, mining ruins, christmas trees, bristlecone pines, amazing views on snowy barren ridges... the summit views were expansive; in short, this route was fun AND special. Perhaps this mountain isn't spectacular, like some monster in the Sierra, but it was a lot more intersting than Grays or Torreys for sure.
Posted Sep 25, 2008 12:29 pm

breagen#8  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2008


eighth state highpoint. Fun but nothing special.

The aspen grove at the base is pretty amazing though.
Posted Sep 25, 2008 11:46 am

rleclairElbert Revisit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2008


I had hiked Mt. Elbert years and years ago when I first moved to Colorado. At that time, a buddy and I backpacked in and spent the night in grassy meadow complete with stogies, bourbon, and dehydrated lasagna.

Years pass and good friends and I decide to visit Elbert again just for a day trip. Conditions were seasonal for mid September and we did have some snow to work through above 12K. All in all, a great day for fall in Colorado!
Posted Sep 20, 2008 9:59 am

huskertriguyStill Fat and Out of Shape  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2008


Shortly after getting above treeline, I was hit with terrible nausea and stomachaches. I'm pretty sure it was due to the weight-loss supplement I'm taking, as opposed to the elevation, as I had two BREs (Bowel-Related Emergencies) on the way to the trailhead. The nausea was problematic as I couldn't take in anything except water.

Just the same, I soldiered on and hit the summit by noon. One of the most rewarding summit views I've experienced!

5th highpoint; 3rd CO 14er.
Posted Sep 9, 2008 1:23 pm

brendonNortheast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2008


Nice hike, great view of a lot of Colorado.
Posted Sep 8, 2008 10:45 pm

one6180339steep slog
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2008


We left our tent at Elbert Creek Campground at 8am and didn't make the summit until 1:30pm. Perfect weather all day! Via Northeast Ridge.
Posted Sep 7, 2008 2:08 pm

patascent2nd Colorado 14'er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2008


Easy walkup. On the descent, we passed the entire Carbondale 8th grade class as they were working their way up the mountain.
Posted Sep 6, 2008 5:44 pm

BobEneinMt Elbert Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008


Saturday before labor day. I did it solo via Mt Elbert tail and met a lot of nice guys on the way up and down. Since 11:30 or so, ice rain and whiteout conditions lasted on and off for 3 hours. Nonetheless I summited and baged this bad boy. Whiteout conditions prevented taking many shots showing the valley down below but nontheless incredible views, great hike and another 14er down!
Posted Sep 1, 2008 8:16 pm

PivvayState highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2008


Strangely enough this one wasn't pressing on my 'list' but Marni wanted to do it. Turbo, Marni and I went up the day after Massive and it was a nice hike on a great trail. I guess it does make a new elevation PR for me as well.
Posted Aug 21, 2008 11:07 am

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

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