Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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John Styrnol

John Styrnol - Jul 8, 2003 5:22 pm

Route Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 4 Jul 2003  Sucess!

Myself and 3 others made the summit.


TexasClimber - Jul 7, 2003 10:24 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge II, Class 1 Date Climbed: July 4, 2003  Sucess!

Myself, my girlfriend and a coworker and her husband spent July 4, 2003 climbing (or should I say hiking) Elbert. We also rafted the Arkansas to top off the weekend and spent some time in Breckenridge. Elbert afforded great views and some good nap time at the summit. What a crowd up there!


ogonzoo - Jun 27, 2003 3:24 pm

Route Climbed: Mount Elbert Trail (east side) Date Climbed: June 7, 2003  Sucess!

We came, we camped, we conquered, we went home. I will post some pictures.


cruzit - Jun 20, 2003 7:54 pm

Route Climbed: South Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!

Wonderful hike with a great group of people.

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis - Jun 19, 2003 5:25 pm

Route Climbed: South Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!

What a great day. Perfect weather with new-found friends.

Peak Freak

Peak Freak - Jun 19, 2003 2:05 pm

Route Climbed: South Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!

Eight of us climbed together as part of the SummitPost Rockies Reunion. It was great to meet and develop camaraderie among fellow SummitPost members. The weather was beautiful. The hike was short, easy & very enjoyable. A fabulous day one of a two-day climbing weekend.


mtnhiker13 - Jun 18, 2003 6:15 pm

Route Climbed: standard route Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!

Joined fellow climbers from SP, Allan and Jackie, Katie and Andrew, Eileen, Syd and Aaron! We had a wonderful day - great weather and a great climb of the mountain. Thoroughly enjoyable from all aspects.

sdwest - Jun 17, 2003 5:29 pm

Route Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: June 7, 2003  Sucess!

Left the 4x4 parking area around 11:00 and arrived about 3.5 hours later on top. Very windy; some snow pack on top. Saw a marmot sharing the summitt; fantastic views. 2.5 hours back down. Worse for the wear on the way down! First 14er. Looking forward to another trip up the mountain.

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis - Jun 5, 2003 8:13 pm

Route Climbed: South Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 08-20-2000  Sucess!

Easy hike. First 14er!


big_g - Jun 1, 2003 6:28 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2003

Route Climbed: Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 01 June 2003  Sucess!

Got the big one! Number 20 (of CO's 14ers) for me.

Left at 4 am from the 4x4 parking and made it to the summit at 08:30. The clouds had parted early in the dawn but started returning. No views from the summit and by the time I was back down to 13,500 there was driving snow.

3 others camped at the 4x4 trailhead had to turn back. Made for great stories around the campfire down below.


tonybell1 - May 28, 2003 7:36 pm

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

Hiked up with my son Ryan.


Kane - May 27, 2003 7:11 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!

The memory that I have about Elbert was that there were a ton of people on this hike. Don't climb Elbert looking for solitude. I also remember a few false summits along the Northeast Ridge Route that deflated my enthusiasm. Hey, it's the highest peak in Co., so I guess you have to hike it. I'm glad I didit back in the day for i would have trouble getting up for this type of hike.

skibum7732 - May 17, 2003 10:10 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge(I) Date Climbed: Aug.05, 2001  Sucess!

2nd 14'er. Climbed with Jennifer, Chris, and Jason(brother at age 14). The accent took 5 hrs and descent took 2 1/2 hrs. Rain and lightning before we made treeline on descent... and idiots still heading up as we hurry down.

chefpriscilla - Mar 19, 2003 10:39 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert trail via 24 Date Climbed: 16 march 2003  Sucess!

This was my very first mountain!


chef007 - Mar 17, 2003 7:08 am

Route Climbed: mt. Elbert trail from 24 Date Climbed: 16 march 2003  Sucess!

It was 12 hours of pain, agony and a bunch of great views, but it was all worth it.

If you climb this mountain please sign my summit stick.


Diggler - Mar 11, 2003 9:41 am

Route Climbed: either South Halfmoon Creek or NE Ridge Date Climbed: summer, 1991(?)  Sucess!

My first 14er, done with my dad, when my family went up to Leadville one summer when I was a kid. The mountain that started my mountaineering obsession, I guess you could say. Not exactly sure which route we took. I remember that we parked at the same place the next day when we went up Mt. Massive. I remember there was great weather, it was a great day, and I'm really glad I was able to do it with my Dad.

izzyvet - Feb 17, 2003 7:33 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 20,1997  Sucess!

Climbed solo with my dog Roscoe. Left the Lake View Campground after spending the night at 7:15 am. Returned by 2 pm. Relatively uncrowded route. Nice trail, easy to find.


Grant - Feb 11, 2003 10:49 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge - South Elbert TH Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2001  Sucess!

The hike overall was pretty easy. There is something about the peaks that are over 14,400 feet. It seems to take longer to reach the summit.

At the summit Norm counted 43 people it, and I would say there were about 150 people on the summit that day since there were numerous people accenting and descending the mountain. The views from the top were great and there was an awesome view of the valley up to Mt Massive. The hike up to the summit was very uneventful there wasn’t a whole lot of interesting foliage.

It is also a very popular destination so you wouldn’t be alone. There are two popular routes to the summit the Northeast Ridge and the East Ridge. We took the East ridge a longer route and less traveled than the Northeast Ridge.

Martin Cash

Martin Cash - Oct 31, 2002 4:46 pm

Route Climbed: Trail from Twin Lakes Campground Date Climbed: July 4, 2001  Sucess!

My first fouteener. Good hike. Left car at about 6:00 AM and summited just before 10:00. Was back at the car by 12:30. Great views from on top.

Hayesred - Oct 30, 2002 12:44 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 1993  Sucess!

Beautiful day to reach Colorado's Highest. Good entry level climb

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