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Ascent of Mount Elbert-South Peak on 2009-08-30

Climber: allan farr

Others in Party:JAF
Date:Sunday, August 30, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Elbert-South Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14134 ft / 4308 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed South Elbert from Black Cloud trail. Finding trail head was a challenge as it is barely visible from road. We drove by it twice and could not see it (two people). We started hike in dark with head lamps and quickly ascended. Very steep climb and very hard for those not acclimated to altitude. Well marked trail, just real steep and it goes on forever. Surely one of the hardest routes up S. Elbert. If you make it to the top, we felt another 2 miles R/T to summit of Elbert was not worth the effort. Trail was completely exposed to elements and steep sides. We will climb Elbert another day. There were several campgrounds around the area and we stayed in a very nice one. Over Labor Day weekend they were largely empty.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear



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