Ascent of Mount Bierstadt on 2008-08-09

Climber: Luke Mullen

Others in Party:Aaron
Date:Saturday, August 9, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Bierstadt
    Elevation:14060 ft / 4285 m

Ascent Trip Report

This combo ascent of Bierstadt and Evans was tougher than Gerry Roach made it sound in Colorado's Fourteeners. At 9:45 we left the truck at a switchback at 13,300' and descended down a steep scree-filled gully to a little lake at 12,360'. Then it was a steep climb up to the top of Bierstadt's east ridge (13,100'). After a couple of miles of scrambling over some rugged terrain (including getting to the top of Point 13,641') we were at the top of Bierstadt at 1:00.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2460 ft / 749 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2460 ft / 749 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2460 ft / 749 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 760 ft / 232 m; Extra: 1700 ft / 518m
    Loss on way in:1700 ft / 518 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Mount Evans Road  13300 ft / 4053 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:760 ft / 231 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Mount Evans Road
    End Trailhead:Mount Evans Road  13300 ft / 4053 m
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Bierstadt-Evans

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Bierstadt2008-08-092460 ft / 750 m
2Mount Evans2008-08-092864 ft / 873 m
Total Trip Gain: 5324 ft / 1623 m    Total Trip Loss: 5324 ft / 1623 m

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