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Elbert E. Ridge Winter Ascent / Ski Descent
Trip Report

Elbert E. Ridge Winter Ascent / Ski Descent

 
Elbert E. Ridge Winter Ascent / Ski Descent

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Object Title: Elbert E. Ridge Winter Ascent / Ski Descent

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jan 29, 2011

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Skiing

Season: Winter

 

Page By: maverick

Created/Edited: Feb 3, 2011 / Feb 3, 2011

Object ID: 696113

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Table of Contents

Images

Trip Details

Mountains: Mt. Elbert (14,433’)
Route: Started at S. Elbert 2WD TH (9600’ approx), and took the E. Ridge to summit. Ski descent SE slopes.
Stats:
Elevation Gain - 4900’
Roundtrip Mileage - 12 miles
Crew - Heather, Jon, Prakash

Report

Up an icy packed road we slogged… through aspen groves to the 4WD TH.

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Packed road to S. Elbert 4WD TH


Across a bridge the trail grew steep…

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Bridge past the S. Elbert 4WD TH


The trail was packed but the trees ran thick…

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Up through thicker trees and steeper ground


We broke through trees and saw our goal…

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Our ascent and descent route


But first we ate… salty ramen and chocolate mints…

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Lunch break on the Elbert E. Ridge


Then we slogged…

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The slog began here...


through a cold desert… to a false summit…

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A false summit was seen


We slogged again…

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The ground ran dry... skis were shouldered...


Amidst views no less than immaculate…

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The Twin Lakes


We slogged some more…

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The slog seemed not to end on Colorado's tallest mountain


Mountain air makes for good moods and fresh faces…

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Fresh faces in the thin air


But the slog was relentless…

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"The end is in sight you say?"


The summit was close I was told…

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The summit lies beyond this hump


The prophecy was true… rock skinning led to the summit block…

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Rock skinning to the summit


La Plata appeared to invite…

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La Plata calls to us from across the valley


Sasquatch in front, Sawatch in the back…

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Sasquatch in front... Sawatch in the back...


The crew congregated…

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The crew congregates atop Elbert


The ski began off the summit…

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Skiing off the summit


And continued down SE slopes adjacent to rock bands…

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Skiing down a SE gully 1


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Skiing down a SE gully 2


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Skiing down a SE gully 3, Photo (c) Jon Coe


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Skiing down a SE gully 4, Photo (c) Jon Coe


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At the bottom of the gully


Heather was re-joined as she made tele turns through the trees…

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Tele through the trees


… turns that ended once we hit the luge that is the road…

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Skiing down a luge


…the road that led us to the TH by sunset. A glorious day was had in the high country with good friends.

Images

Elbert in Winter

Comments


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bennersNicely Done!

benners

Voted 10/10

Fun route in winter, no? I like the concise photo TR too. Hope you're having a great winter, Prakash.
Posted Feb 3, 2011 11:08 am

maverickRe: Nicely Done!

maverick

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Thanks, it was a good time for sure. Yeah the photo TRs are definitely quicker to write :). You seem to be killing it this Winter.
Posted Feb 3, 2011 1:18 pm

heather14Great Day!

heather14

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Nice pictorial of the day. That pic really shows my lack of tele technique ;-)
Posted Feb 4, 2011 10:28 am

maverickRe: Great Day!

maverick

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You didn't spend enough time on those skis for anyone to evaluate your technique ;).
Posted Feb 5, 2011 11:52 pm

Ted EliasonGood to see you guys up there

Ted Eliason

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Unbelievable day, huh?
Posted Feb 4, 2011 5:57 pm

maverickRe: Good to see you guys up there

maverick

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Yeah man... nice to meet you up there.
Posted Feb 5, 2011 11:50 pm

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