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Ascent of Mount Bierstadt on 2013-10-12

Climber: Donnie Puckle

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, October 12, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Bierstadt
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14060 ft / 4285 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had planned to climb Capitol Peak this weekend, but I decided to play it safe. It was clear all day, but cold in the morning. There was a little snow on the ground, more is sure to come. Plenty of hikers on the trail, but not as crazy as a typical summer weeekend. The whole trip took about 4.5 hours, with a break of about 30 minutes on the summit. This was my 4th time on Bierstadt.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2406 ft / 733 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.5 mi / 12 km
    Route:Bierstadt Trail
    Trailhead:Guanella Pass  11654 ft / 3552 m
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear



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