Ascent of Mount Bierstadt on 2012-09-03
|Others in Party:||Andrew Eichner|
|Date:||Monday, September 3, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||14060 ft / 4285 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe 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|
| Time Up:||3 Hours |
| Time Down:||2 Hours |
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