Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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pennibocker - Sep 2, 2004 2:14 pm

Route Climbed: North Elbert Date Climbed: June 11, 2004  Sucess!

My third attempt. The weather held this time. Massive the next day.

Ryan Kowalski

Ryan Kowalski - Aug 22, 2004 9:32 pm

Route Climbed: South Elbert from Black Cloud Trailhead Date Climbed: July 3, 2004  Sucess!

A good day on a surprisingly secluded trail. The summit was a bit of a mall, but Bull Hill made up for it!


shawniemc - Aug 9, 2004 2:33 pm

Route Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 5, 2004  Sucess!

My second successful 14er!

Weather was a little odd: foggy in early morning, clearing up partially allowing for good views by noon with light, and fleeting, rain showers on the way down.

Hitched a ride over the 4 wheel drive approach coming and going, glad I did.

Lots of people out on trail that day, most of which were in a group benefiting an orchestra. I was surprised that many of them were Coloradoans for whom this was their first hike in the mountains (figure that one out).


georgbetsy - Jul 30, 2004 7:28 pm

Route Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 12 2004  Sucess!

We started our climb from the Black Could Trailhead at 6 am (27 degrees F). The weather was great till we reached South Elbert. Once we reached South Elbert the wind picked up significantly and it started snowing. The trip up the ridge was a true challenge and we were misserably cold. Once we reached the summit we saw several groups that summitted using the normal route. They were in high spirts, joking, laughing, ... (had no weather problems at all). We were ready to decent, since it looked as if the weather might continue to worsen. We decended the route labled 3V1 in Roach and encountered some route finding challenges. -- overall we had a great day.


Saintgrizzly - Jul 27, 2004 6:59 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge and Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July, 1984  Sucess!

One of the more memorable summits, as it provided a terrific demonstration of how fast lightning storms can move in. Aaron Johnson, Mike Kloepfer, and myself were malingering during a perfect early afternoon on the summit when we heard a rumble behind us, turned, and just like that were running down the mountain as fast as humanly possible! The rocks were humming, my wool shirt was crackling with static electricity, Mike's hair (almost waist long at the time) was standing straight up--indeed a sight!--and timberline, on that mountain, under that circumstance, is a long, long flight to shelter. We made it (obviously), but have never forgotten the experience, and have since been more than a bit more attentive to the weather! We were so exhausted from the experience we called ourselves the "Noodle Knees Express." 'Nuff said.


joel2lounge - Jul 25, 2004 12:52 pm

Route Climbed: NE ridge Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!

1st Fourteener


awillson - Jul 8, 2004 9:08 am

Route Climbed: Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 27, 2001  Sucess!

This was my first 14er. Might as well go big on your first try. Climbed with my dad, 2 brothers, and a cousin.

granddeity - Jul 2, 2004 1:09 am

Route Climbed: South Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: June 28, 2004  Sucess!

Overcast morning, was able to hike up through the clouds and then look down at them. Great hike, beautiful mountain. I celebrated my first wedding anniversary with my wife at the summit.


brentonjweaver - Jun 4, 2004 1:25 am

Route Climbed: E ridge Date Climbed: august 2001  Sucess!

Beautiful morning, but chased down to treeline by thunderstorms.


sbkelley - May 12, 2004 2:54 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: February 2002  Sucess!

This was my first real winter ascent. It was pretty cold that night (something like -20 degrees F), but the cool part was we got a fly-over from a fighter pilot when we were on top! Definitely won't forget that!


f360driver - Apr 14, 2004 6:41 pm

Route Climbed: Black Cloud Trail Head Date Climbed: 5/03  Sucess!

First 14er and first mountain. I was addicted after this.


RyanS - Apr 12, 2004 12:20 pm

Route Climbed: Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: September 15, 2002  Sucess!

Erin was good enough to repeat Elbert with me. With this peak, hers and my 14er counts were finally equal! A gorgeous day to be atop Colorado.


chip00 - Apr 6, 2004 11:59 am

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 22, 2003  Sucess!

I climbed with my wife Janet, 21 y/o daughter Emily, and 17 y/o son Robert. We left the trailhead at 8:00 am and returned at 2:00 PM. The trail was clearly marked, easy to follow, and and a steep hike. The weather was warm, in the 70s at the trailhead in the afternoon. At the summit the temperature was in the low 40s and we had some sleet. We encountered about 15 people on the trail but visited with about 30 people at the summit.


Alpinist - Mar 23, 2004 7:45 am

Route Climbed: Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: March 21, 2004  Sucess!

Team of 3 all summited. The sky was crystal clear with breath taking views! This was a nice easy hike. The only challenge is the altitude. You can really feel it coming from near sea level. Trip report.


Chris - Mar 22, 2004 10:00 pm

Route Climbed: Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: Dec 31, 1995 / May 1999  Sucess!

Great hike, beautiful views of the Arkansas River Valley and surrounding peaks.


esugi - Mar 6, 2004 11:56 pm

Route Climbed: Elbert Trail Date Climbed: September 2002  Sucess!

Summitted Elbert the day after doing Lincoln/Cameron/Democrat. Coming from Seattle where trailheads are normally around 3000 to 5000 ft, its neat to be able to start off from 10,000 ft.


carloselbrus - Mar 2, 2004 10:54 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge. Date Climbed: Aug 4th 2001  Sucess!

I guided a a climb to benefit The Emily Griffth Center. A team of 7 climbers. all summit.


hgrapid - Feb 27, 2004 11:03 am

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 6/6/2002  Sucess!

Great day, with little snow on the summit. This was my first Colorado 14er. I have now done 6. It took me 2hours 37minutes from the parking lot to get to the summit. The summit was windy and cold, and after a quick lunch, 15 minutes later I had to go back down. Gorgeous mountain!

Matt Mahoney

Matt Mahoney - Feb 19, 2004 9:02 pm

Route Climbed: NE ridge Date Climbed: Aug. 14, 2003  Sucess!

One last altitude acclimation hike before the Leadville 100 in 2 days. I went with another runner and we took about 5 1/2 hours round trip. It was frustrating waiting for him (I have done it in under 3 hours before) but probably best not to overtrain at this point.


hhsilleck - Jan 9, 2004 7:12 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!

Pretty standard Sawatch fourteener hike - tiring on the legs.

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