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bblack999th 14er, 4th state highpoint!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2012


Extremely long day on the mountain. After fighting blisters and a lack of acclimatization plus a little icy snowpack on the upper mountain, this was a 9.5-hour marathon session! NE Ridge route has a well-defined trail, just be mentally ready for the parade of false summits and enjoy the amazing views in all directions!
Posted Oct 1, 2012 10:25 pm

ezanderFirst 14er!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012
My husband and I, and our two black labs, Rosie and Sugar climbed Mt. Elbert today! It was a beautiful day, so we had no problems at all. Just took our time on the final two miles...short steps, and slow and steady. Glad we knew about the false summits! The downhill was almost more painful an the ascent!
Posted Sep 22, 2012 8:07 pm

e-docNE ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012


Steady uphill. Pretty big crowd with beautiful weather. Some people had huge packs. A fair number small kids. Saw a marriage proposal! Heard a wedding party was up on 9/8.
Posted Sep 18, 2012 4:52 pm

GarfimiFirst 14'er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2012


Drove from Utah and slept at the trailhead in my truck Friday night. Was hoping to get up early to beat the crowds, but didn't start til 7 am. Did the NE trail. The trail was well marked. Elbert is a gentle giant and the trail had some steep section, but nothing that bad. Perfect weather. Took me 5 hours total. Beautiful area.
Posted Sep 17, 2012 11:39 pm

GregHazHighest Point in Colorado  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2001


First 14er for both wife and our dog.
Posted Sep 4, 2012 6:12 pm

jeffrawnGreat Day on a Great Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2012


This year's Men's Mountain Encounter from Christ Church Plano (TX) targeted the highest 2 peaks in the Rockies. 29 of us set out from the upper South Elbert Trailhead just before sun-up. Once we turned off of the CO Trail and the route became steeper, we quickly broke into hiking parties based on experience and fitness level. Still far from being acclimated, I decided not to push myself too hard when I noticed I could "hear" my pulse and calculated my HR to be too high for sustained exertion. Still made it in pretty reasonable time, summiting around 10 a.m. I was pleased that over half of the men made the summit by our 1p.m. turn-around limit (first 14er for some) and that the rest had an enjoyable hike to or above treeline. 21st CO 14er for me.
Posted Aug 29, 2012 11:57 pm

rockrat2Nice hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2012


NE Ridge. Perfect day, hiked to summit with my wife on her first succesfull CO 14ner. Trail easy to follow, lots of people!
Posted Aug 26, 2012 10:36 pm

pacojgarzaLong lonely day.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2012


I used the Black cloud route to summit Elbert for the second time tagging South Elbert`s summit along the way. I never saw anyone else on that trail (other than the summit). This route is somewhat long but a nice alternative if you don`t like crowds. This was the second of fifteen peaks on my 2012 CO. trip.
Posted Aug 21, 2012 4:30 pm

RuvichaCommemoration  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2012


Demanding but worthwhile hike. It was a worthy summit to commemorate a hiking colleague who died of cancer last year.
Posted Aug 20, 2012 7:57 pm

knotis23Second Time's a Charm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2012


Tried and failed 2 years ago in October due to weather. Made it this time. Perfect weather, great mountain, loved it. Climbed with Dad.

Posted Aug 19, 2012 8:36 pm

countrykyleSolo Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2012


First solo 14er. Summited at 8am and enjoyed some summit solitude for about an hour before heading back down. (Trails: North Ridge up, Black Cloud down)
Posted Aug 7, 2012 4:48 pm

seanpeckhamfrom lower South Elbert Trailhead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012


Didn't know you could drive a wagon to the summer trailhead, so it was 11.2 miles roundtrip. Made the summit in about 4.5 hours, and got drenched on the way down despite wearing full rain gear. This was our anniversary and marks our 5th state highpoint together.
Posted Aug 5, 2012 4:08 pm

dstevenson0204State HP #4  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2012


Fun and easy hike to the top. Camped down in one of the meadows! Great experience
Posted Aug 2, 2012 5:07 pm

cgallaugherFirst 14'er, 4th state highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2012


Climbed this with my brother-in-law during a camping trip to Turquoise Lake in Leadville. Great footing, elevation a bit tough on this sea level dwelling gal but acclimated with a Chief Mountain climb earlier in the week. A popular hike but well worth it!
Posted Jul 31, 2012 4:27 pm

displacedchzheadVia Black Cloud Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2009


Summer vacation with my Son. Still lots of snow, so we had some postholing. Didn't see a soul, except at the summit. Great views all around!
Posted Jul 21, 2012 1:57 pm

Outdooraholic#16 state highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2012


Awesome hike! Very steep though! Camped at the TH, hit the trail at 5:30am, reached the summit in 3 hours and 15 minutes and took 2 hours and 15 minutes back down.
Posted Jul 16, 2012 10:25 pm

Virginia14erVirginia14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2012


Weather forecast was true to reports-clear all day. My wife and I could not have been more fortunate in that regard. Perfect day. Went up via Northeast ridge, spent about 30 min on summit with about 5 other 14ers, toasted with a can of coffee, then descended via East ridge, taking long way home; The Colorado trail back to original trailhead. Long, long loop, 10 hrs RT, but what a treat for our first. East ridge (South Mt Elbert Trail) would definitely be the easier route for newbies. We were there training for our Rainier summit trip in Sept. Did Bison peak the day before, and Lake Como two days later. BTW, Como mosquitos will carry you away. Just wanted to see what serious altitude is like. Totally acclimated after just 3 days in the area! Ready for Rainier!
Posted Jul 15, 2012 11:17 am

Walkoutnow#8 and first 14'er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2012


A bit over 8 hrs total, including 35 min. enjoying the great views on the summit. Took north trail, luckily weather stayed away. A challenging but great day.
Posted Jul 10, 2012 8:19 pm

Tjohn67238A good long hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2012


Hiking up via the Southeast Ridge, we enjoyed a good, long hike. It was nearly 1 1/2 miles along the summit ridge, so we couldn't linger on the summit too long. We didn't want to be caught in a storm up there. The entire round trip, up & down, was 9 hours.
Posted Jul 7, 2012 11:16 pm

carpejFirst time a few days before Leadville 100 Run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2011
First Summit.. good hike!
Posted Jul 7, 2012 10:59 pm

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