Post-holing on Mt Elbert

Zscapes post-holing during record temperatures in March 2004. Photo taken along the Mt Elbert Trail.

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Corax

Corax - Nov 17, 2006 2:11 pm - Voted 10/10

Looks like no fun

Interesting photo.

Alpinist

Alpinist - Nov 18, 2006 9:39 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Looks like no fun

The snow was soft, but I did manage to get a nice tan during the trip.

icypeak

icypeak - Apr 2, 2007 7:21 pm - Voted 10/10

Pretty funny!

....hope he was not wearing shorts!

Alpinist

Alpinist - Apr 2, 2007 10:15 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Pretty funny!

He was wearing shorts, but fortunately he was wearing pants over them.

BobSmith

BobSmith - Aug 10, 2007 8:51 pm - Voted 10/10

Oh, HAIL no!

No way! I once hiked an eastern peak in thigh-deep snow (Le Conte) and got so tired we had to stop 3/4 of the way up and set up camp. I can't see how you can struggle through snow that deep.

jredd

jredd - Jan 27, 2008 11:03 pm - Hasn't voted

Nice try!

It's a neat picture, but fake. First, the temp in Leadville has never been anywhere close to 80F in March. It barely makes 80 in the summertime. Second, he is just kneeling in the snow with collapsed poles. You can see his legs extending forward and the bottom of his MSR snowshoe sticking out below his pack. :-)

Alpinist

Alpinist - Jan 28, 2008 9:05 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice try!

I assure you, the photo is not a fake, though the caption was incorrect in stating that it was 80 degrees. (I updated it.) The weather forecast on the radio that morning called for 80 degree temps. On hindsight, that was probably a Denver station. The temps in Leadville would obviously be lower. Checking the historic records, I see that the temperature in Denver was 75(F) and 51(F) in Leadville that day. (Both are records.) It sure felt like 80 degrees carrying those heavy packs in the sun!

After looking more closely at the photo, I don't believe he was wearing snowshoes at this moment. He appears to be in a slight sitting position. His legs are not long enough to hold the snowshoes in that position. I think they are tied to his pack; this is probably where we stopped to put them on. His poles are definitely not collapsed. We simply hit a soft spot in the snow...

TMF

TMF - Mar 2, 2009 10:57 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Nice try!

haha doubtful that it is a fake picture- I climbed on Elbert in March of 2008* in high avalanche conditions and the snow on the trail by my measurment was deeper than i am tall in most places, and im Six feet tall...

Zscapes

Zscapes - Jul 21, 2010 7:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice try!

As the subject of this picture I can assure you it is not fake... My 'buddy' George took advantage of me in an awkward situation but will get him back one day... His wedding is coming up, so who knows... z

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