A long tiring hike for a flat lander!
Everyone thought we were crazy for not having skis. Time to learn. The walk down wasn't so bad.
Colorados Tallest!!!!! Twisted my ankle but still made it up and down.
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
This was my first 14er and I look forward to more in the future.
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.
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.
Standard route. Felt terrible! Think the wedding reception I was at caught up to me! Nice day though.
Climbed the standard Northeast Ridge route. All was uneventful except the snowstorm that blanketed the mountain above 13,500 feet.
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.
Took 9 hours round trip, but I successfully conquered my first fourteener.
Partly Cloudy day
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.
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.
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.
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)
My second 14er, and first solo. WOOO!
Awesome morning hike with my brother and his wife...my first 14er! Leadville is awesome too!
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.
Started @ 6:30 am reached top - 11:30 pm
Back to base 6pm Did very slow descend