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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

Judd97HP #22  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 29, 2013


Wore snowshoes to the summit and back. Perfect Black Friday conditions, sunny and warm, no wind!
Posted Dec 11, 2013 11:47 pm

WoodswalkerMount Elbert  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2005


Love Colorado mountains!
Posted Nov 24, 2013 8:43 am

MadGrad96Elbert  Sucess!


Standard route
Posted Nov 1, 2013 7:41 am

alpineairElbert  Sucess!
No crowds in winter.
Posted Oct 28, 2013 9:55 am

AFmountaineerTop of the world  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2013


Hiked through at times maybe a couple feet of snow and it was certainly quite cold but the views were amazing, definitely felt like i was on top of the world.
Posted Oct 23, 2013 7:21 pm

jamesglazeHP No. 23  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013
Summited with my two daughters (No. 11) and a long time friend and fellow ExxonMobil annuitant. We also had the company of a good 150 others and a dozen dogs on this great day for climbing. We started about 4:15 a.m., summited 9:15, back down 1:15, just ahead of a rain/hail storm. Hiked via the northeast ridge route, which is very steep (the girls feel it is tougher than Whitney) with four false summits. This is one I have targeted for many years so was very happy to bag it. The pizza in Leadville afterward was very good as well. Mt. Elbert was number 3 on a 5 state highpoint trip.
Posted Oct 18, 2013 12:33 am

bruno baschungnorth east route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2013

bruno baschung

A very enjoyable hike on Colorado's highest and contiguous US highest N°2 on a very windy day (it was gusting up there at 45/50 mph), and there was some snow above 13500 ft or so, whihc make the summit quite intresting to reach on that day (several hikers didn't push all the way to main top).

But at least there was no issue of thunderstorms. The landscape was very beautiful (nice colours of early autumn, nice view as well). The NE route is easy and quite rapid to go donw as well, which is also enjoyable. Though reaching the top late (3pm), going down slowly it took me only 3h20 to reach trail head.

Bruno Baschung
Posted Oct 8, 2013 12:48 am

DanielLEast Ridge Ski  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 6, 2013


Climbed and skied the East Ridge route - a bit bony in places but a great ski route!
Posted Oct 4, 2013 11:44 pm

thefinalfrontierNE Ridge-Tough but Awesome!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2013


Mt. Elbert was my first 14er! I really had a good time and even though I was super tired at the top, it was so incredible seeing all the mountains and lakes around you. It was breathtaking! Would recommend! Start early though!
Route: NE Ridge
Start Time: 5:30 am
Summit Time: 10:21 am
Time on Summit: 1 hour
Return Time: 3:30 pm
Total Time: ~10 Hours
Posted Oct 1, 2013 7:27 pm

Marlin1st Colorado 14'er; 2nd HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2002


Climbed via the North Mount Elbert Trail on September 9th, 2002. My second state highpoint. Unfortunately, a light drizzle greeted me at timberline and accompanied me to the summit. Visibility on the summit was limited to approximately 50'. Quite the workout for a "flatlander" like myself.
Posted Sep 28, 2013 7:21 am

Vagabond ManifestoElbert  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2013

Vagabond Manifesto

Southeast ridge. The climb out of Black Cloud Gulch is a workout!
Posted Sep 24, 2013 11:30 pm

SwithichOh, my legs!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2013
Great trip up. Not a bad little hike. Didn't even feel the elevation...yay for living at 5,000 feet elevation.

The trip down, however, was a beast. I jogged down to the trailhead like I normally do. That 4400 feet of elevation loss was a bit too much. Spent the next 3 days waddling like a duck as my quads would not relax. Not sure how to avoid that, except by possibly climbing more often (injured for a month before the climb) or by descending slower. Unfortunately, the view wasn't good since we had clouds hanging right around 14000 feet and as I drove out into the Arkansas River watershed, it started to pour. Rained all the way back to New Mexico...I was hoping for Mount Massive, but it just wasn't going to happen. Next time!

The trip was 5h 30m from car to summit to car.

Posted Sep 11, 2013 12:19 am

shanmanPossible youngest Elbert climber?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2013


Climbed with my two youngest sons, ages 9 yr 1 mo, and 5 yr 11 mo. The only assistance to the youngest was to carry his camelbak most of the way and hold his hand when the trail was wide enough:)
Posted Sep 10, 2013 3:08 pm

ChandraNorth Mount Elbert trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2013


A terrific walk up to the very top of the Rockies. And the views are just... endless.
Posted Sep 7, 2013 10:32 pm

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