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Ascent of Mount Elbert on 2013-07-23

Climber: Marlin Thorman

Others in Party:Trisha Thorman
Lynae Moor
Jim Moor
Emily Moor
Date:Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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 at the lower parking lot on the South Mount Elbert Trailhead. Hiked the trail to the upper lot then the standard route up to the top. From the top we traversed south along the ridge line and over several other summits around the bowl. Then cross country down the ridge coming out at the upper parking lot. Walked the road back to the lower lot. We found out the road is drivable even for a car without high clearance. Also the road walk is shorter than the trail, however the trail is prettier.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5313 ft / 1619 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5313 ft / 1619 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.5 mi / 18.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4813 ft / 1467 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:South Mount Elbert Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lower Parking lot  9620 ft / 2932 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5313 ft / 1619 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4813 ft / 1467 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Ridge to the south of Elbert then crosscountry
    End Trailhead:Lower Parking lot  9620 ft / 2932 m



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