Ascent of Mount Bierstadt on 2007-08-12

Climber: David Foster

Others in Party:Norm
Baruch; James
Date:Sunday, August 12, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Bierstadt
    Elevation:14060 ft / 4285 m

Ascent Trip Report

Norm Arlt nutty Perseids meteor shower moonless night hike.
A beautiful soft evening greated 12 of us at Guanella pass. 630pm departure from 4th and Union resulted in leaving the trailhead 830pm. Started with a few fits of disintegrating backpacks and a few unexpected dips in Scott Gomer Creek. The group was good natured and helpful as we snailed our way up to the saddle on a well-maintained trail. Norm paused periodically to point out some beautiful astronomical delights. From the saddle, trip became a boulder hop, requiring a bright headlamp to choose your route. Group summited by 130am, with expectation having been midnight. With a 200am turn around time, this left only 30 minutes to enjoy the summit. And enjoy we did, with a perfectly clear sky, unspoiled by city lights. The view was fabulous, and the sleeping bag comfy. Return trip took about 4 hours, with downhill headlight navigation proving to be more difficult. Drove back to Lakewood, where Norm, Vaune, Jeff, Marsha and I enjoyed a hearty Denny's breakfast. All told, a very great trip. Tnx Norm.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2410 ft / 735 m
    Elevation Loss:2410 ft / 735 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2410 ft / 735 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Trail from the West
    Trailhead:Guanella Pass Parking Lot  11650 ft / 3550 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2410 ft / 735 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Trailhead:Guanella Pass Parking Lot  11650 ft / 3550 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 

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