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Ascent of Mount Elbert on 2011-08-25

Climber: BMS 914

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, August 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Elbert
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14433 ft / 4399 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked in paved parking lot, but a 4x4 of modest virtues gets you further up the road and parking at 10,400' to 10,500'. Just a walk up a trail, though looming thunderheads and intermittent hail/rain were constant companions. Elevation became noticeable at around 13,300'. Sort of a "steep trail" effect yet your eyes tell you the trail isn't all that steep. I was still blowing by lots of people really feeling it. The trail was pleasant, even after climbing above treeline. Views were incredible, and La Plata Peak to the South/Southeast has me planning to visit CO again next summer. Did this one with a broken tailbone and badly bruised sacrum from a skydiving incident two days earlier, but it was more of a problem on the drive over from Colorado Springs than the hike.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4816 ft / 1468 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:Mount Elbert Trail
    Trailhead:Lakeview Campground  9617 ft / 2931 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Threatening clouds and hail
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 7 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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