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birdheadSnow in August  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2014


Climbed the standard Northeast Ridge route. All was uneventful except the snowstorm that blanketed the mountain above 13,500 feet.
Posted Aug 4, 2014 10:29 am

funnyfarmSpectacular Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2014


Did Elbert as part of a loop with Wheeler (NM) and Humphreys (AZ). Weather could not have been better. It was my third high mountain in 5 days and my legs were "feeling it". Met a great group of guys from Ohio. Might not have made it without them. Thanks guys!
My 14th high point.
Posted Jul 29, 2014 9:16 am

thechemistryquestionFirst Fourteener  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2014


Took 9 hours round trip, but I successfully conquered my first fourteener.
Posted Jul 28, 2014 11:55 pm

Climbing JackFirst Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2008

Climbing Jack

Partly Cloudy day
Posted Jul 21, 2014 8:46 pm

nswardNice Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013


Hiked up with some friends, for whom this was their first 14er. Elbert is a taxing hike, but without exposure; a great introduction to 14ers, as long as people are in decent shape.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:24 pm

Hagen60 hours from sea level to summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2014


Day one: Milled around Elbert Creek Campground to get used to the elevation.

Day two: Climbed to 13,000' to acclimitize.

Day three: Made the summit and headed back down as the afternoon boomers formed up.
Posted Jul 12, 2014 11:41 am

BradBartickSick as dog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2014


Michelle and I summited but I was sick for two days prior and had zero energy from step one so time and quality of the journey is unmemorable.
Posted Jun 21, 2014 7:59 pm

MikeyBBox Couloirs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2014


Had the Box Couloirs all to myself with the snow in great shape for climbing! I had perhaps the wackiest weather day out with a bit of everything (tornado touched down in Fairplay that day)
Posted Jun 9, 2014 10:40 am

atomiccows1Spring has Sprung  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 3, 2014


My second 14er, and first solo. WOOO!
Posted May 5, 2014 7:46 pm

bobkalanickMt. Elbert  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2013


Awesome morning hike with my brother and his wife...my first 14er! Leadville is awesome too!
Posted Apr 13, 2014 12:40 am

IdahoScottHighpoint #25  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010


Planned a long "layover" through Denver on the way back from a project. Climbed Elbert and then proceeded to Crested Butte for a weekend of mountain biking. Camped under the stars and bathed in rivers. A great trip.
Posted Apr 9, 2014 11:08 am

VinodmahadikVinodmahadik  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006


Started @ 6:30 am reached top - 11:30 pm
Back to base 6pm Did very slow descend
Posted Apr 7, 2014 1:48 pm

ScottElbert  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 9, 2014


March 9 2014

I did the climb of Mount Elbert with several 14ers.com members. The climb was supposed to be on Saturday, but bad weather caused the postponement of the trip.

After a late start the night before, I arrived very late at the trailhead and didn't sleep. It was -2F in the morning, but the weather was clear.

The group was pretty spread out and I left at 7 am. I took 10 hours 15 minutes round trip, but several other people were faster.

The climb was straightforward, but long and it was windier and colder than the weather forecast had predicted.

Unfortunately, I had forgotten my sunscreen, but I was able to borrow some early on. I still could have used more as I got burned in places. It was a very sunny day and the sun was intense!

November 28-29 2003

We (Jeff, George, and myself) set out to do a "faux winter" climb of Mt. Elbert on November 28. Jeff lives in Denver and George flew in from Chicago. The astronomical winter is December 22-March 21, but the climatological winter is November 22-Feb 21 (coldest 1/3 of the year), so it would be fair to say that it was a "winter conditions" climb.

We left the South Elbert Trailhead at 1:30 PM and made 11,200 feet 3 hours later. We set up camp at this spot.

The morning was very warm, a near tropical 14F (-10C). Not bad for this high. I had carried a 70lb pack expecting much harsher conditions.

Snowshoes helped in the ascent, but an ice axe and crampons were not required. We had carried them anyway.

Jeff was the quickest of the bunch and reached the summit, back to camp, and to the trailhead in well under 7 hours. I took about 7 hours. George had to turn back at 13,900 feet because he wasn't acclimatized, he being from Chicago. Had he had more time for acclimatization, he certainly would have made it. He'll try again soon. It was pretty cold and windy on top, but not too bad. We were the only ones to sign the summit register in a month. Certainly others must have reached the summit within a month, and hadn't signed the register?
Posted Mar 18, 2014 12:14 am

regolithePerfect Day on the East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2014


There's a great view from the summit. This was my first (real) Colorado 14er, and it was a fun winter climb. Long, but fun.
Posted Mar 15, 2014 10:18 pm

Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2007


Up the Black Cloud trail. My partner was slow and we got turned around by an afternoon thunderstorm.
Posted Mar 10, 2014 4:17 pm

chicagotransplantEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2014


East ridge on a beautiful winter day - warm, calm and sunny - for Sarah's winter 14er finisher. Congrats again Sarah!
Posted Jan 19, 2014 9:24 pm

iamrwoodBlack Cloud Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2013


Took the Black Cloud Trail up to Mount Elbert with Pocket Rocks
Posted Jan 14, 2014 2:54 am

Cambotfirst black toenail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 11, 2014


Brief windy weather window between storms and only one other climber on the mountain. Deep snow below treeline and lovely snowfields for glissading on the ridge. Unfortunately wore new boots!
Posted Jan 13, 2014 11:29 am

KevintheclimberA walk up   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2012


Didn't even stop once on the ascent, drank two beers on summit. Awesome day.
Posted Dec 27, 2013 9:19 pm

RaymondShevskyClass 1 trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010


Crowded, popular summit with incredible views over the Rockies.
Posted Dec 19, 2013 5:49 pm

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