Ascent of Mount Elbert on 2008-08-23

Climber: Jeff Rinehart

Others in Party:David
Date:Saturday, August 23, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Elbert
    Elevation:14433 ft / 4399 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a great hike. Very difficult for me since I'm a flatlander and this was my first time over 9,000'. I didn't get any elevation sickness but I was certainly out of breath a lot. I guess I didn't do too bad though...took me 5 1/2 hours to summit. Close to, if not the best view I've ever seen anywhere from the top. It was 11:30am when I summited and rain clouds were moving in so I decided to eat a quick lunch a ways down from the summit and then head back down. As I got about 1/3 of the way down the thunderstorm was very close by and I was getting pretty nervous. I was tired and was halfway jogging down the trail trying to go as fast as I could. Luckily I never fell though I was certain I would. Got down to tree line and felt much better. Not much later it poured down rain.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4393 ft / 1339 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4393 ft / 1339 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Northeast Ridge
    Trailhead:Mt. Elbert Trailhead  10040 ft / 3060 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 

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