|Peak:||Mt. Elbert (14er)|
|Date of Information:||11/17/2011|
We lost the trail on the way up after the two river crossings. We also lost it on the way down just below treeline. Both cases were due to snow on the trail. Snowshoes would be good especially above treeline. On the way up after we lost trail we changed course and went up the SW ridge of Mt Cosgriff. There was much less snow on this route but it‘s very steep and covered with scree in many spots.
After summiting Cosgriff we traversed to the summit of S Elbert. The wind was very strong but manageable. Next we traversed to Mt Elbert. Approaching the first false summit on the SE ridge we bailed due to fear of being blown off the mountain.
The forecast called for 25-35 at 14196 on Mt Massive. I‘d say the constant winds were closer to 50 at similar elevation on Elbert. As I said if we had ascended the SE ridge snowshoes would have been preferred above treeline. Ice Axes were highly beneficial for the whole route and weather/snow conditions. I‘m very thankful we had them.