Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Sep 30, 2005 10:17 pm

Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: July 18, 2004  Sucess!

I started about an hour before dawn not to beat weather-- I hit the summit in less than 3 hrs.-- but to beat crowds; I counted over 90 people heading up as I went down. It was great to be atop the Rockies-- windy and bitterly cold, too. The perfect complement to this is a stop afterward at Wild Bill's in Leadville-- best burgers in Colorado.


omahiker - Sep 26, 2005 8:09 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: June 2001  Sucess!

I was staying at a cabin at Elbert' s base. I never had climbed a mountain before. I grabbed one of the kid's backpack and tried it. I made it solo in 3.5 hours. I am

now seriously hooked.

Buz Groshong

Buz Groshong - Sep 15, 2005 9:35 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail from near Twin Lakes Date Climbed: 24 September 1998  Sucess!

This was my second Colorado 14er and it was a great hike. When you live at sea level, it's hard to get used to the lack of O's.


samajax - Sep 12, 2005 1:22 pm

Route Climbed: Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 9Sept05  Sucess!

This seemed easy for a flatlander. About 3 hours up. Not to many people, but it was September.

Erik Beeler

Erik Beeler - Sep 11, 2005 9:39 am

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: 8/24  Sucess!

After 10 hours on Massive the day before this was much shorter. I took the easy route and left camera and anything else I could back at camp.

Gord Boston

Gord Boston - Sep 7, 2005 11:44 pm

Route Climbed: from North Mt. Elbert Trailhead Date Climbed: Aug. 15, 2005  Sucess!

2nd 14'er. Good trail got a little steep around 13,000 feet, wouldn't want to come down in the rain


shanrickv - Sep 6, 2005 9:13 am

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: Sept. 4, 2005  Sucess!

Great climb with what seemed like about 500 other people on a Sunday morning. Touched the top of Colorado in just under 3 hours and did the round trip back to the trailhead in 5 1/2 hours. Easy climb with a very good trail to the summit.


tdoughty - Sep 5, 2005 1:59 pm

Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: Oct '84  Sucess!

Beautiful Fall day. With Paul Dowdy.


TomSellick - Aug 31, 2005 6:21 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 12, 2004  Sucess!

First 14er ever summited. Lots of fun, tried it without advil and got bad headache. I wanted to see how I reacted to altitude, and I found out...

Mike Mc

Mike Mc - Aug 28, 2005 10:15 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 22, 2005  Sucess!

Nice trail all the way to the summit: accent time: 2 h, 25 min.


mack78 - Aug 27, 2005 12:09 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: July 24th  Sucess!

First 14er hiked (no car/cablecar). Good maintained

trail, only the high altitude is a bit of a problem.


undallas - Aug 24, 2005 9:57 pm

Route Climbed: South Elbert Trail from Twin Lakes Date Climbed: August 18, 2005  Sucess!

Started the trail around 5:30am with my brother. I didn't drive all the way up on the 4x4 trail. I wish I did... that 1.8 mile wasn't too much fun after I got down from the summit.

Total time = 7.5 hr

took me 5 hr to get to the top... the trail was easy, and I took my time. Great scene of Twin Lakes from the summit.

When I got to the summit, I can see dark clouds on the NW side... hmm.. it is a good sign to leave.

After 30 minutes, the sky start to snow/hail... it was pretty cool. But the roaring thunder make me walk even faster. It took me 1 hr to get to the treeline. It was a scary thought... Hopefully, other people were okay... because I saw a bunch of people and two dogs were still on the way up when the thunderstorm came in. Overall, it was a great trail and mountain.


onlynine - Aug 24, 2005 4:02 am

Route Climbed: Mt Elbert south trail Date Climbed: August 12th  Sucess!

Climbed together with one Danish and two American friends. My first ever climb....This was fantastic!!

We took 3hr to the top and 2hr down and I was quite sore in my legs on our way home to Denmark.

I will very much like to climb some more mountains...only problem though is that the highest point in Denmark is Ejer Bavnehoej, which is 561ft !!

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Aug 23, 2005 5:46 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast ridge  Sucess!

Hopefully won't ever have to suffer the addition of a road! Climbed with my brother (Joel).


LoriOLin - Aug 22, 2005 5:43 pm

Route Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 12, 2005  Sucess!

Great Hike! I underestimated the endurance I would need for this Class 1 hike. I went with 3 others and one person got sick. We had just flown in the previous day from an elevation of about 30 feet. So we should have better acclimated ourselves. Beautiful day! The long trail ahead of us, was a bit disheartening and I felt a bit like saying, "Are we there yet?" My first 14er. Went and did Long's Peak two days later with no problems at all, and faster than Mount Elbert!

Oh and a 5 year old was on the summit of this mountain! Hiked the majority of it, with only a short piggy back ride she said.


Smithman123 - Aug 20, 2005 8:25 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: July 1999  Sucess!

This was my first climb over 7200' (high point in my home state of SD). We drove down through the night one friday night, climbed on a sunday morning and drove back the same night. A great first 14er!

POWERJL - Aug 18, 2005 10:00 am

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert trail. Date Climbed: September 2, 1998  Sucess!

A great 'hike' up. Varying terrain/scenery. The GF and I hit some nearby Hotsprings afterward, which was a great way to end a the trip up yet another 14er!


shanahan96 - Aug 14, 2005 3:54 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Slopes Date Climbed: July 26, 2004

July 2004- Easy hike, trail was very worn down.

March 2007- First gathering ever! Great time with an awesome group of people, winds above 13,000' were great training for Orizaba.

December 2013- First mountain after returning from a half-year in South America. I struggled with the altitude, but really blazed the final 1000' vertical. Where did that come from?

January 2014- Sarah's winter 14er finisher! Awesome day with a 2-hr summit party! I'll skip coming back up here in February this year. :P



pacojgarza - Aug 11, 2005 3:14 am

Route Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: August-7-2005  Sucess!

After spending 5 days traveling through Colorado`s high country, I decided to climb my first Colorado fourteener. Did it in 3:35 whithout problems thanks to good weather and a well worn path. The views from the summit were great specially towards La Plata peak; after a 30 minute break on the top I headed back down and climbed Mt Massive in the afternoon.


evilproofer - Aug 10, 2005 10:49 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Slopes Date Climbed: July 25, 2005  Sucess!

My 3rd 14er (my 1st solo) and my 3rd state highpoint! Woke up to a nasty gray day, with a black cloud over my chosen mountain, but the nastiness held back and I made it to the summit...the things we do when it's our last free day in Colorado...

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