Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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Treeline12000

Treeline12000 - Aug 13, 2015 6:58 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2008

Mt. Elbert

Great hike. Had a hail storm near the summit in September.

blueshade

blueshade - Aug 3, 2015 11:48 am Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2015

Elbert  Sucess!

Finally got around to climbing CO's highest peak. Up in 2:20 with no stopping. Packed summit and trail- never seen so many people on a mountain besides Half Dome and a few others.

merrill

merrill - Jul 28, 2015 11:30 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2015

North Elbert  Sucess!

4 hours and 12 minutes to the summit, 12 minutes longer than our goal. Excellent weather but huge crowds. There had to be at least 200 other people on the trail and 50 on the summit. This is my 6th state high point and my wife's fourth.

IagosGhost

IagosGhost - Jul 6, 2015 10:53 am Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2015

Father and Son 1st 14er  Sucess!

My son and I climbed our first 14er and my tenth state high point. We met a group from Branson, Missouri which is not far from where I live. We hiked all the way with members of the group. At the top we got some hail, and on the way down we got buzzed by some lightning. I was in shape for the climb, but my son had a hard time with it. There easily 50 other people on the trail throughout the hike. Great experience over all.

Hiker4life

Hiker4life - Feb 28, 2015 9:20 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2007

First CO 14er  Sucess!

On a camping trip with some friends from the Denver area, I started my quest to visit all of the CO 14ers with the highest (and one of the easiest). Made summit in 3 hours. Just made it back to the TH before the T-storms rolled in at 2 PM.

dino61111

dino61111 - Jan 31, 2015 1:33 pm

From Elbert campground  Sucess!

After a long climb Mt. Massive the day before, somehow we managed to make it up Elbert via trail. I'm more used to altitude and the rigors of climbing; however I suspect this would still be quite an undertaking even now. It was a gorgeous day and I can remember thinking after this trip that the mountains were where I wanted to be as much as possible. I was hooked!

HawkeyeHuff

HawkeyeHuff - Jan 26, 2015 4:47 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2003

Mt Elbert  Sucess!

After flying in the night before from Alaska and spending the night at the youth hostel in Leadville, I hit the trailhead at 7:20am on an overcast morning. I immediately felt the effects of altitude as I struggled up the trail with many brief stops along the way. As I approached treeline (about 11,600 elevation) it began to rain and many hikers gathered in the protection of the edge of the trees to consider their options. Some of us continued on as the rain let up. After climbing onto the ridge and then reaching the first false summit - a large rock heap - we encountered rain once again, then sleet. After waiting for a half hour with a handful of other determined hikers, the skies began to clear up and we proceeded on to the summit, reaching it in georgeous weather at 11:40 - 4 1/2 hours after my start. Not too bad considering how tough it was on me. Among those who waited out the weather with me were Keith Gogan and Beth from Tulsa (Keith teaches backpacking at Oral Roberts U & Beth had been one of Keith's students. And Larry and Carol from Colorado as well as Larry's mother, Rebecca, joined us and made the top. Rebecca, from Tucson, has a fear of heights and had never done anything like this before. What an accomplishment for her! The view from the top was spectacular. After staying for 20 minutes I scampered back down and got to my car in 2 hours.

Steve Hufford
Anchorage, AK USA

siekkid

siekkid - Jan 7, 2015 1:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1996

1st State HP!  Sucess!

This was a terrific hike with my best friend Chris... a couple of 18 year olds without a care in the world! Spent 3 weeks in Leadville

captain.ron

captain.ron - Jan 5, 2015 2:50 am Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2014

Highest point so far  Sucess!

A long tiring hike for a flat lander!

McKenna

McKenna - Dec 22, 2014 12:11 pm Date Climbed: May 8, 2010

Guess I should learn to ski  Sucess!

Everyone thought we were crazy for not having skis. Time to learn. The walk down wasn't so bad.

rockymountain_guac - Oct 22, 2014 8:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2014

Way up  Sucess!

Colorados Tallest!!!!! Twisted my ankle but still made it up and down.

B-Grooms

B-Grooms - Oct 15, 2014 6:12 pm Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2014

1 Win 1 Loss in 2 days  Sucess!

I started out climbing on the 12th and got turned away at 12,600' due to high wind and white out conditions. Went back up the next day on the 13th, the day was clear, winds at the summit were about 30 mph, lots of fresh snow. Above 13,000' post hole up to the knees in some places. on the way down we caught some snow drifts and sunk to the waist in a couple places as well. Overall, beautiful up there, cold, windy, fresh powder, made for a challenge. Saw some mountain lion tracks above 12,000'. great climb

Dirty Dan

Dirty Dan - Oct 8, 2014 11:52 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2014

First 14er  Sucess!

This was my first 14er and I look forward to more in the future.

Tom Fralich

Tom Fralich - Sep 10, 2014 11:32 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2014

North Elbert-South Elbert Loop  Sucess!

Started at the North Elbert Trailhead and went up the NE Ridge to the summit, then down the South Elbert Trail and back to where we started on the Colorado Trail. This made for a very nice loop hike. The aspens on the South Elbert Trail were amazing.

Adam Doc Fox

Adam Doc Fox - Aug 26, 2014 10:50 am Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2014

Pony Keg  Sucess!

On my descent passed a guy with a pony keg: "My last 14-er in Colorado; come drink with me at the top." Amazing feat but I declined.
High Point #11.

HedUp

HedUp - Aug 12, 2014 6:46 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2014

Too much booze over the weekend!  Sucess!

Standard route. Felt terrible! Think the wedding reception I was at caught up to me! Nice day though.

birdhead

birdhead - Aug 4, 2014 10:29 am Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2014

Snow in August  Sucess!

Climbed the standard Northeast Ridge route. All was uneventful except the snowstorm that blanketed the mountain above 13,500 feet.

funnyfarm

funnyfarm - Jul 29, 2014 9:16 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2014

Spectacular Day  Sucess!

Did Elbert as part of a loop with Wheeler (NM) and Humphreys (AZ). Weather could not have been better. It was my third high mountain in 5 days and my legs were "feeling it". Met a great group of guys from Ohio. Might not have made it without them. Thanks guys!
My 14th high point.

thechemistryquestion

thechemistryquestion - Jul 28, 2014 11:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2014

First Fourteener  Sucess!

Took 9 hours round trip, but I successfully conquered my first fourteener.

Climbing Jack

Climbing Jack - Jul 21, 2014 8:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2008

First Summit  Sucess!

Partly Cloudy day

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