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Ascent of Mount Elbert on 2011-05-26

Climber: Micah Stiegler

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, May 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Elbert
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14433 ft / 4399 m

Ascent Trip Report

Usually Mt. Elbert is one of the easiest 14ers that one can summit, so much so, that it's kind of ridiculous that it's the highest peak in the entire Rocky Mountain Range. Besides the effects of the elevation, it truly is (usually) a relatively easy climb...

... But unusual amounts of unmelted snow pack for this time of year made this climb extremely hard!!

Out of 6 groups that attempted the summit on 26 MAY 2011, I, alone, got the farthest & was the last to descend. This is not me bragging; it's a show of how stubborn & stupid I can be. I was ill prepared (gear wise) & it was a bad idea to even attempt it.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Nice Day (other than the 6' of snow you had to trudge through.)



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