Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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Chad Couch

Chad Couch - Jul 16, 2007 11:49 am Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007

South Elbert Trail  Sucess!

Hiked with Ian. 6:00 A.M. start. Up in 3.5 hours, down in 2.5. Beautiful day on Colorado's highest peak.


jhansen007 - Jul 15, 2007 9:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2007

West Ridge from South Halfmoon TH  Sucess!

Camped at treeline at the base of this route. Beautiful area, only saw a couple guys on 4-wheelers on the road on the hike in. Otherwise, complete solitude til the summit. Weathered out a thunderstorm at night in my bivy sack but skies cleared up nicely. The ridge isn't too difficult, just lots of crappy rotten rock. Test every rock before you put your weight into it be ready to hop to the next one when it moves. A dozen or so people on the summit at 9 in the morning. Definately more exciting than the yawner standard routes and a chance to get away from the mobs trodding up the east side of the mountain.


heather14 - Jul 14, 2007 11:12 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007

Great Day  Sucess!

Perfect day for a hike!

Midlife Mountaineer

Midlife Mountaineer - Jul 8, 2007 4:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

Perfect  Sucess!

A day to remember on 7-7-7! I wasn't sure I would finish this one due to a late start the day after completing Mt Yale. Turned out to be a beautiful day as the storms waited til late afternoon.


MollyL - Jul 1, 2007 8:12 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007

First Solo  Sucess!

3rd 14er, 1st solo climb. Met lots of cool people on the trail - a special thanks to the nice couple that took a picture of me at the summit when my camera stopped working!!


scvanm - Jun 30, 2007 12:06 am Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007

S Mount Elbert Trail. 17th  Sucess!

Got number 17. Had great weather but I lived to regret my lack of pre-hike workouts. I was sore for 5 days!!! Had a great father son trip with my son CJ. We used the trail from the South East (South Mount Elbert Trailhead). I am glad we used te 4wd to cut off some of the distance.

Alaska Mt Man

Alaska Mt Man - Jun 29, 2007 5:57 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2007

North Trail  Sucess!

Beautiful day - little wind and blue skies (until afternoon)!


rkymtn - Jun 25, 2007 11:26 am Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2007

Mt. Elbert Trail  Sucess!

My wife and I climbed with our dog to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary. It was an easy hike that was perfect for the hound. The day was absolutely gorgeous with warm temps and little wind at the summit. We stayed on top for quite a while to take in the views and enjoy the morning.

2skinners - Jun 22, 2007 5:50 am Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2007

HP #5 Solo Climb (2nd of 4 highpoints in 3 days)  Sucess!

This was by far my favorite of the 4 highpoints I did on my long trip. The others were New Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The scenery was absolutely amazing with near perfect weather to boot.

Panthera uncia

Panthera uncia - Jun 17, 2007 6:44 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2003

Standard route  Sucess!

twas an enjoyable hike.

Jim Carr - Jun 15, 2007 2:44 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 1994

Northeast Ridge  Sucess!

Early season attempt. We were able to glissade much of the way down. Fun.


mountainloverCO - May 25, 2007 12:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006

Enjoyable Hike  Sucess!

This was an enjoyable, easy walk-up with nice views of the Sawatch and Elk ranges from the summit. My only complaint would be the throngs of people streaming up and down the two main routes. Try this one on a weekday to avoid the crowds.


double_deuce - May 22, 2007 3:31 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2006

Standard Route  Sucess!

My 1st 14er. Only 1 other hiker seen all day.


rwhitt - May 21, 2007 3:29 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2005


Arrived and spent the night camped at the Twin Lakes campground near the trail head. Thunderstorms and rain much of the afternoon and evening.

Due to early morning showers, I did not begin my ascent until 10:30 AM. Climbed to 13,500 elevation as the clouds began to rebuild.

Since this was my first experience with a Colorado 14-Teener, I chose to retreat rather than risk being exposed to the danger of a summer afternoon thunder and lightening storm. It was my first and thus far only attempt at summitting Mt. Elbert.

I hope to return for another attempt and this grand old chunk of rock.


Peak_Bagger - May 15, 2007 7:14 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2002

Fun One  Sucess!

Fun solo hike up NE ridge in summertime.


Proterra - May 13, 2007 10:40 am Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2003

Peaceful climb  Sucess!

Nice and peaceful after the day before... Had a beer at the summit, and took a few hits of our bong 200 feet below, away from the kiddies at the top. 9 hours RT from Twin Lakes, including some lingering at the summit.

Scott Rogers

Scott Rogers - May 7, 2007 12:43 am Date Climbed: Mar 3, 2007

First Winter Ascent  Sucess!

Fourth ascent of Elbert, but my first in the winter.

Roam Around - Apr 24, 2007 12:31 pm Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2007

Spring Snow Ascent  Sucess!

Great day - spotty weather - bad at times, but we stuck it out and made it! Two friends from PA went with me - we had a great climb.


Peak_Bagger - Apr 17, 2007 4:55 am Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2002

a classic  Sucess!

Fun and Easy


cftbq - Apr 11, 2007 6:26 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2004

Nice Family Hike  Sucess!

My 21st 14er, and the first with 3 generations of climbers: me and my wife, our daughter, and our granddaughter, who bagged her first. Clouds threatened, but didn't really unleash anything. (I want to do it again as a run, and see how long it takes.)

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