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Ascent of Emerald Mountain on 2013-08-11

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Sunday, August 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Emerald Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:9237 ft / 2815 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my second ascent up Emerald Mountain, but this time I climbed from the north side starting at the YMCA Camp with my wife, Geri. The first time was in 1982 with my 4 year old son, Marshall. We climbed from the west side starting at Glacier Basin Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park. This was the first mountain Marshall ever climbed! Over the next 30 years, Marshall and I climbed the highest point in each of the contiguous 48 states together, except for one. That one is Granite Peak in Montana. We hope to do that last 48th state highpoint together soon, which will complete all the 48 contiguous states for Marshall for the first time and me for the third time. It will be a great summit to finish up a father/son long sought after goal. The ascent of Emerald Mountain today took about 70 minutes from the Twin Sisters dormitory in the YMCA Camp, but I made it back in just 23 minutes by jogging down most of the way. Emerald Mountain is a good conditioning summit to acclimatize for bigger peaks in the Park, but don't be fooled by Emerald's low elevation. Even though it is a short hiking distance (just a little over a mile), it is a steep climb most of the way. There are great views in all directions from the summit, which is surprising, because from a distance, Emerald Mountain looks like its top is tree covered.
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