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Ascent of Mount Elbert on 2011-09-29

Climber: Paul Michelson

Date:Thursday, September 29, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Elbert
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4327 ft / 1318 m

Ascent Trip Report

Stu F and I climbed "Mt. Elbert" along with "The Rockies" as part of a two day 2K Prom peak bagging trip. After Purcell and Huffaker the day before we attempted to follow Paul Klenke's approach from the south side but were stopped at Wallanding Creek (2800ft) where we slept for the night. The next morning we walked the remaining road to the 3600 ft saddle and continued following a good logging road to an old spur winding up the N side of the peak. The underbrush and new trees have grown significantly since PK climbed it in 2004 as we found ourselves working up through brush over our heads and dense 10-15 ft trees for the last several hundred feet to the flat summit. We descended via the west basin and rib to the road.

From there we headed back to the saddle and climbed "The Rockies" via the old trail.

Total round trip was ~9 miles and 6 hrs rt.

p.s. The road past the 1st Wallanding Creek crossing is no longer drivable as the right track between 2800 ft and 3000 ft is now a water channel. In addition, the 2nd crossing of Wallanding Creek at ~3200 ft is now a gaping 15 deep, 30 ft wide hole with the creek at the bottom of it. All is not lost however, as we did see some recent tire tracks on the ridge coming from the road that skirts the north side of Elbert, above Duck lake. If this approach goes un-gated one could still do these two peaks with a short approach.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1527 ft / 465 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1527 ft / 465 m
    Trailhead:2800 ft / 853 m
Descent Statistics



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