Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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


nsward - Jul 21, 2014 2:24 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013

Nice Hike  Sucess!

Hiked up with some friends, for whom this was their first 14er. Elbert is a taxing hike, but without exposure; a great introduction to 14ers, as long as people are in decent shape.


Hagen - Jul 12, 2014 11:41 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2014

60 hours from sea level to summit  Sucess!

Day one: Milled around Elbert Creek Campground to get used to the elevation.

Day two: Climbed to 13,000' to acclimitize.

Day three: Made the summit and headed back down as the afternoon boomers formed up.


BradBartick - Jun 21, 2014 7:59 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2014

Sick as dog  Sucess!

Michelle and I summited but I was sick for two days prior and had zero energy from step one so time and quality of the journey is unmemorable.


MikeyB - Jun 9, 2014 10:40 am Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2014

Box Couloirs  Sucess!

Had the Box Couloirs all to myself with the snow in great shape for climbing! I had perhaps the wackiest weather day out with a bit of everything (tornado touched down in Fairplay that day)


atomiccows1 - May 5, 2014 7:46 pm Date Climbed: May 3, 2014

Spring has Sprung  Sucess!

My second 14er, and first solo. WOOO!


bobkalanick - Apr 13, 2014 12:40 am Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2013

Mt. Elbert  Sucess!

Awesome morning hike with my brother and his first 14er! Leadville is awesome too!


IdahoScott - Apr 9, 2014 11:08 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010

Highpoint #25  Sucess!

Planned a long "layover" through Denver on the way back from a project. Climbed Elbert and then proceeded to Crested Butte for a weekend of mountain biking. Camped under the stars and bathed in rivers. A great trip.


Vinodmahadik - Apr 7, 2014 1:48 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

Vinodmahadik  Sucess!

Started @ 6:30 am reached top - 11:30 pm
Back to base 6pm Did very slow descend


Scott - Mar 18, 2014 12:14 am Date Climbed: Mar 9, 2014

Elbert  Sucess!

March 9 2014

I did the climb of Mount Elbert with several members. The climb was supposed to be on Saturday, but bad weather caused the postponement of the trip.

After a late start the night before, I arrived very late at the trailhead and didn't sleep. It was -2F in the morning, but the weather was clear.

The group was pretty spread out and I left at 7 am. I took 10 hours 15 minutes round trip, but several other people were faster.

The climb was straightforward, but long and it was windier and colder than the weather forecast had predicted.

Unfortunately, I had forgotten my sunscreen, but I was able to borrow some early on. I still could have used more as I got burned in places. It was a very sunny day and the sun was intense!

November 28-29 2003

We (Jeff, George, and myself) set out to do a "faux winter" climb of Mt. Elbert on November 28. Jeff lives in Denver and George flew in from Chicago. The astronomical winter is December 22-March 21, but the climatological winter is November 22-Feb 21 (coldest 1/3 of the year), so it would be fair to say that it was a "winter conditions" climb.

We left the South Elbert Trailhead at 1:30 PM and made 11,200 feet 3 hours later. We set up camp at this spot.

The morning was very warm, a near tropical 14F (-10C). Not bad for this high. I had carried a 70lb pack expecting much harsher conditions.

Snowshoes helped in the ascent, but an ice axe and crampons were not required. We had carried them anyway.

Jeff was the quickest of the bunch and reached the summit, back to camp, and to the trailhead in well under 7 hours. I took about 7 hours. George had to turn back at 13,900 feet because he wasn't acclimatized, he being from Chicago. Had he had more time for acclimatization, he certainly would have made it. He'll try again soon. It was pretty cold and windy on top, but not too bad. We were the only ones to sign the summit register in a month. Certainly others must have reached the summit within a month, and hadn't signed the register?


regolithe - Mar 15, 2014 10:18 pm Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2014

Perfect Day on the East Ridge  Sucess!

There's a great view from the summit. This was my first (real) Colorado 14er, and it was a fun winter climb. Long, but fun.


JBR1969 - Mar 10, 2014 4:17 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2007


Up the Black Cloud trail. My partner was slow and we got turned around by an afternoon thunderstorm.

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