Started around 8, passed groups from Texas, Ohio and Louisiana on the way to the summit. Summited around 11, and spent just enough time to sign the register and take a couple of pictures. The weather over Elbert wasn't looking good and looked like it could head my way, so back down I went. Only took 1 1/2 hours to get back down.
Climbed from Winfield leaving at 5am, on top at 11:30am. Met Wallis Cramond on top and we hiked down together. I was sure I had found a climbing partner. Unfortunately Wally sufferd a heart atack in 1997 while he was hiking Mt. Antero. Even with the risks involved the mountain "thing" is still worth it.
My daughter and I chose this route over the "standars" NW ridge route, seeking isolation and a quick climb. Did it at a leisurely pace and took 9 hours. Only saw two other people the entire day. Good weather, nice views.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe