Ascent of Mount Elbert on 2014-08-07

Climber: Austin D. Smith

Others in Party:Mark Smith
Amber Smith
Doug McGinnis
Claire McGinnis
Date:Thursday, August 7, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Elbert
    Elevation:14433 ft / 4399 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started from Granby Ranch. We left at 3:45 in the morning and headed up to the north TRHD. We were hiking by 6. We summited at 12:45 with some super weird weather. We had sun then rain then sun then hail then snow then sun then hail. We got super lucky as there were some pretty decent storms rolling in but they all split around our peak leaving us with a open blue space above our peak with the occasional storms passing over for a few minutes. We made it down by 4 PM.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4473 ft / 1362 m
    Extra Gain:55 ft / 16 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.7 mi / 15.6 km
    Route:Northeast Ridge
    Trailhead:Mount Elbert TRHD (Halfmoon Creek)  10070 ft / 3069 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
It Hailed on us for about 10 minutes at the summit. Got some additional showers here and there.
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 

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