Ascent of Mount Elbert on 2008-07-28

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Tim Newman
John Hilts
Date:Monday, July 28, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Elbert
    Elevation:14433 ft / 4399 m

Ascent Trip Report

Weather is the huge variable on this climb - and forecasts are very unreliable. So leave early and be brave but not foolish - on our trip, the peaks south of Elbert got plenty of rain, thunder, and lightening while Elbert was left cloudy but dry. To the north, Mount Massive enjoyed sunlight most of the day. As far as the trail, it is pretty good and easy to follow. The long stretch of false summits tested my resolve, but didn't break it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4333 ft / 1320 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Mount Elbert Trail
    Trailhead:Mount Elbert Trailhead (N)  10100 ft / 3078 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 

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