Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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rleclair - Sep 20, 2008 9:59 am Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2008

Elbert Revisit  Sucess!

I had hiked Mt. Elbert years and years ago when I first moved to Colorado. At that time, a buddy and I backpacked in and spent the night in grassy meadow complete with stogies, bourbon, and dehydrated lasagna.

Years pass and good friends and I decide to visit Elbert again just for a day trip. Conditions were seasonal for mid September and we did have some snow to work through above 12K. All in all, a great day for fall in Colorado!


huskertriguy - Sep 9, 2008 1:23 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2008

Still Fat and Out of Shape  Sucess!

Shortly after getting above treeline, I was hit with terrible nausea and stomachaches. I'm pretty sure it was due to the weight-loss supplement I'm taking, as opposed to the elevation, as I had two BREs (Bowel-Related Emergencies) on the way to the trailhead. The nausea was problematic as I couldn't take in anything except water.

Just the same, I soldiered on and hit the summit by noon. One of the most rewarding summit views I've experienced!

5th highpoint; 3rd CO 14er.


brendon - Sep 8, 2008 10:45 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2008

Northeast Ridge  Sucess!

Nice hike, great view of a lot of Colorado.


one6180339 - Sep 7, 2008 2:08 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2008

steep slog

We left our tent at Elbert Creek Campground at 8am and didn't make the summit until 1:30pm. Perfect weather all day! Via Northeast Ridge.


patascent - Sep 6, 2008 5:44 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2008

2nd Colorado 14'er  Sucess!

Easy walkup. On the descent, we passed the entire Carbondale 8th grade class as they were working their way up the mountain.


BobEnein - Sep 1, 2008 8:16 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008

Mt Elbert Summit  Sucess!

Saturday before labor day. I did it solo via Mt Elbert tail and met a lot of nice guys on the way up and down. Since 11:30 or so, ice rain and whiteout conditions lasted on and off for 3 hours. Nonetheless I summited and baged this bad boy. Whiteout conditions prevented taking many shots showing the valley down below but nontheless incredible views, great hike and another 14er down!


Pivvay - Aug 21, 2008 11:07 am Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2008

State highpoint  Sucess!

Strangely enough this one wasn't pressing on my 'list' but Marni wanted to do it. Turbo, Marni and I went up the day after Massive and it was a nice hike on a great trail. I guess it does make a new elevation PR for me as well.


gbrill - Aug 20, 2008 12:47 am Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2004

missed the trail

After some car trouble, we headed out before dawn only to find that we had missed the Continental Divide and had taken an old dirt road to the other side of one of the sister mountains. will come back and try again. Edit: came back and made it a year later.

Scrambling Man

Scrambling Man - Aug 9, 2008 6:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008

Clouded In  Sucess!

Just had to do it and check it off the list. Seemed there were a lot of other people with the same idea.

mattpierce - Aug 8, 2008 4:03 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2007

S Elbert Trail  Sucess!

Great day out with some friends to the top of Colorado

Pete Castricone

Pete Castricone - Aug 6, 2008 12:23 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2008

Better than working  Sucess!

Mosquitos to 13k feet. They even got inside my shirt. The trail is a bit touristy for my tastes, and the walk back to the car is long. But, it's better than working. I'd post my time, but seriously...who cares.


sistinas - Aug 4, 2008 5:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2008

South Mt Elbert Trail  Sucess!

Third 14er in three days. Wonderful day, and there weren't many people on the trail, though we were greeted by a lot of people on the summit who'd come up via the Northeast Ridge. I was almost eaten alive by mosquitoes on the way down. Make sure to eat your recovery meal at Quincy's in Leadville - can't beat the $10 steak and the cheap drinks!

northface28 - Aug 4, 2008 12:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2008

All to Myself  Sucess!

Started hiking at 5:15. Passed 3 parties and had the summit to myself. My first 14er. Round trip took a little less than 5 hours. Make sure you are in shape for this one or it will take you all day.


brookeok - Aug 3, 2008 11:45 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2008

Wonderful!  Sucess!

This was a great climb. Meet some people including a few families on the way up, but it didn't seem crowded. Saw plenty of curious marmots on the way up. It was a good work out but I finally made it to the top. There were a good bit of people at the top including a youth group. Everyone was nice and cordial. Typical bad weather rolled in and most of the people headed back down. It dropped to 38 at the top. We endured a brief hail and rain storm and escaped the worst of the weather on the way down. The views at the top were unreal. Can't wait to do it again.


cp0915 - Aug 3, 2008 6:43 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2008

NE Ridge  Sucess!

After warming up on a rather snowy Blarney Peak the day before, I slogged up this big dog with DB and Andy Mac. A very crowded route.


Dean - Aug 1, 2008 11:07 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2008

Northeast ridge  Sucess!

Even on a thursday, there were a lot of hikers on this one. Perfect weather allowed me to spend over an hour on the summit.
Great hike, great mountain, great day. 4 hours up, 2 hours down.


dunking_deutschman - Jul 30, 2008 12:07 am Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2008

Sawatch  Sucess!

Took my little brother up this mountain for his first ever summit hike anywhere. The trail up the northeast ridge is straightforward but consistently steep. The views from the summit were much better than I expected after researching this hike. Just beautiful. My 7th "fourteener" success story and one I will surely remember for the rest of my life.


mancopa - Jul 22, 2008 2:39 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2008

First 14er  Sucess!

Went up over South elbert and Elbert. This was my first CO 14er. It was a great hike. Pretty much alone until we hit the top of Elbert.


mlandau3 - Jul 21, 2008 2:27 am Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2008

My First 14er  Sucess!

It was like Grand Central Station at the summit. Lots of people. We had chosen the south trailhead and didn't see many people until we approached the summit. Excellent views in every direction.


dwhike - Jul 14, 2008 12:25 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2008

Unbelievable First...  Sucess!

First 14-er for my wife and I. What an incredible place. Took the NE Ridge Route which was pleasantly well-travelled. The elevation took its toll a bit on us flatlanders(or it could be I'm getting older) but what an amazing reward at the top...snow-covered peaks in every direction! Had blue skies at the summit but was thundering by the time we reached treeline, our timing couldn't have been better. One of my most memorable to make the trip report...

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