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 Peak(s):  Cosgriff, Mt  -  13,588 feet
"South Elbert"  -  14,134 feet
Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Bull Hill A  -  13,761 feet
 Post Date:  11/15/2011 Modified: 11/27/2011
 Date Climbed:   07/31/2011
 Posted By:  paulbarish

 4 peaks 12 hours solo     

This is my first TR to go along with my first 14er. This TR may not be as extravagant as others becase I am having problems uploading pic, but anyways here I go. I currently live in South Florida at sea level which is the worst possible place for a mountain climber to be so I am going to college at Colorado Mountain College. My family and I flew up to Leadville to take a look at the campus so while I was there I ofcourse wanted to sieze the opportunity to climb as much as I could, so I set out to climb Mt. Elbert via the Black Cloud trail. I landed in Denver, drove to Leadville, slept and at 6 am the next morning was on the trail making good progress. It wasnt long before I was just above the tree line when I lost the trail in the rock scree. I decided, forget the trail, and I began scrambling up the center of the south face of Mt. Cosgriff. After fun scrambling and a rest break I arrived on the southeast ridge a few hundred yards away from the summit of Cosgriff so I walked over to it for my first summit of the day. I took a quick picture and then jogged down the almost flat slope to the bottom of the rise to south Elbert were I began to hike again. After hiking for a short time I dropped down onto the north side of the ridge for some fun rock climbing instead of the hike. Although it is by far no means of quicker transportation I was there for fun so I was going to make sure I got it! After gaining the ridge again it wasnt long befor I was at south Elbert for my second summit of the day. Again I took a quick picture, ate some lunch and was on my way. It was once I dropped down to the col between south Elbert and Elbert that I began to see the crowds everyone was talking about. I had never seen so many mountain climbers or hikers in the same place!! I engaged in some small talk as I passed by hikers on the way down and as I began to tire I finaly got the the top of Colorado! Less than 24 hours after leaving sea level I had climbed a 13er and two 14ers althogh one was unranked. I was thrilled, there were far too many people to enjoy the privacy and serenity that I love in the mountains but I was very happy to be there especially with almost no altitude sickness. I did not want to descend yet though so I decided to climb Bull Hill. I went down to the col again as some clouds started to gather around Elbert and began to descend even farther to get to the base of Bull Hill. There was a strange thing that I can only really describe as a vertical boulder field that I had to desend to completly drop down but it was enjoyable and not a problem. Somewhat tired I rested again and then continued to the base. Whoever named Bull "Hill" was badly mistaken. This "Hill" was a class 3 scramble at least. Wanting more near the top I dropped down onto the side of the ridge and climbed what I think was at least 5.3 to the fourth summit of the day. I was thrilled but ready for a bunch of food, water and a nap. After a few hour descent I finaly found the trail again and by 6 am I was back at the TH enjoying success. What a great day!

  • Comments or Questions (2)

Sounds like a good trip!     2011-11-21 12:02:30
I love the report but i would disagree about Bull Hill.

I dont even know if I'd call it a scramble. Throw on some crampons and walk up. : )


Either way...     2011-11-27 23:02:54
It was very fun!

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