The hike was awesome. This was our first 14er this year, and was an excellent experience. Camped the night before and hit the trail at 5:30am. Finished at 12:30pm, 7 hours round-trip.
Started at 4:05 am - had tea at at 6:20, 12'00 feet and watched an awsome sunrise over the FrontRange. Was at the top at 7:40 and spent about an hour chatting and enoying the view. Was back at the trailhead at about 12. Awsome hike ! Nice to be on top of Colorado.
Good, solid workout with the elevation gain starting below treeline and continuing pretty much for the rest of the hike save for one short spot. Climbed with compadre Andy in preparation for a Longs attempt next week. Rewarding views and a pretty interesting summit. Definitely a mountain to respect during inclement weather.
Pretty descent, easy hike. 9 solid miles.
Left Salt Lake City at 1:00 am on the 14th and hit the trail head around 9:00 am. Had perfect weather for the entire hike up and back. Made the summit before noon and back to the car by 2:00 pm. Post holing in the deep snow slowed progress and made it a bit harder than it should have been. The views were perfect from all points of the hike.
Sweet climb....me and 2 of my best friends backpacked in to about treeline, after we all agreed that i would wake everyone up at 3 am we all passed out....well i guess i slept right through my alarm cuz i didnt wake up till 5 am but all was well we go to the summit about 7am. it was a bit windy but a beautiful view..i will post pics soon
Lighting was my constant companion. I know it was stupid, but I had to chance lighting in order to peak.
I waited two hours at the treeline for one storm to pass.
Lots of sunshine, rain, hail, sheet and high winds.
Scenary is awesome.
A very, very strenous hike for a 270 pound man who lives at 700 feet.
But, it was an endeavor I'll remember all my life.
Of course if it was easy, then everybody would do it.
Myself and 3 others made the summit.
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!
We came, we camped, we conquered, we went home. I will post some pictures.
Wonderful hike with a great group of people.
What a great day. Perfect weather with new-found friends.
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.
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.
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.
Easy hike. First 14er!
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.
Hiked up with my son Ryan.
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.
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.