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Ascent of Mount Bierstadt on 2012-09-03

Climber: Timothy Sullivan

Others in Party:Andrew Eichner
Date:Monday, September 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Bierstadt
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14060 ft / 4285 m

Ascent Trip Report

We arrived at trailhead at ~6:00 (having foolishly missed it the first time around). We got slightly muddled in the dark, but found the trail within minutes. After that, it was a clear shot on a well-traveled trail.

We were very pleased with the friendliness of the other climbers in the morning. Take for example the off-duty police officer who, on a whim, simply decided to climb the mountain, not even realizing that it was a fourteener! He reached the summit quite some time before we did... As the day wore on, those who had reached the mountain late tended to be surlier than those who had gotten a good start.

We reached the summit around 9:15, filled our stomachs, and had good banter with the other parties. I took the last free slot on the summit log (as far as I could tell - I didn't look too hard). We began our descent at 9:34 and reached the trailhead around 11:30.

And such is the tale of my first fourteener.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2620 ft / 798 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:West Slopes
    Trailhead:Guanella Pass Trailhead  11640 ft / 3547 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 



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