Mt. Elbert Condition?

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Mt. Elbert Condition?

Postby GMorgan21 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:47 am

Has anyone been up Elbert in the last couple days since the rainstorm on Wednesday? I want to try to do it tomorrow but I was wondering if there was going to be a lot of snow.

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Re: Mt. Elbert Condition?

Postby EatinHardtack » Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:37 am

There probably won't be alot of snow. Only a dusting at the most.
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Re: Mt. Elbert Condition?

Postby ChrisinAZ » Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:38 am

I haven't, but most of the routes on Elbert are fairly gentle near the top, and it sounds like only the top few hundred feet are likely to have only a few inches of snow. With a good thick pair of hiking boots, trekking poles, and microspikes (those last two may even be overkill) I'm sure you'd be fine.
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Re: Mt. Elbert Condition?

Postby HedleyLamarr » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:13 pm

I hiked North Massive this morning and Elbert only had a light dusting the last 300 vertical feet or so. The snow on Massive was only a couple of inches and I didn't even bother with breaking out the microspikes.
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Re: Mt. Elbert Condition?

Postby zdero1 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:06 pm

wrchad23 wrote:Please keep us updated. I plan on going Oct 1st weather permitting so snow accumulation is an important, possibly deciding factor.


I don't make the weather or anything, but I would bet that snow accumulation would not be a significant obstacle to your summit bid. Even in the small chance Elbert was coated in snow, there would probably be nice bootpack to help you out. Make sure you have a nice pair of hiking boots and gaiters are a nice addition to Sept/Oct climbing.
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Re: Mt. Elbert Condition?

Postby pjdfw » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:41 pm

Gmorgan - all the best for your hike! I'm planning for Friday .

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