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 Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
 Post Date:  05/28/2013
 Date Climbed:   05/27/2013
 Posted By:  samoarob
 Mt Elbert East Ridge   

I kept a close eye on the weather all week long and Memorial Day was the perfect day. Having attempt Mt Elbert the week prior without success because of the weather, I decided to do this again, but this time from the east ridge.

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The drive up the the 4WD trailhead has uneventful. I was concerned about the fast melting snow and thought maybe I will not be able to cross the creek, but that wasn't the case


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I started out a 6:20am. This photo was taken half mile into the trees and as you can see, there is no snow.


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This photo was taken about 1 mile and still no snow. About the last 200 yards, there was about 3 or 4 inches of snow and the trail was well tracked. I didn't have spikes on. On my return trip, I saw some guy about 100 yards out of the treeline wearing jeans on his way up.

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Out of the trees and on my way up. There was no wind! About the last 1000 feet, there was about 6 inches of snow.

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Light at the end of the tunnel-folks that have already summitted.

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View of the Rockies

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Me. Stayed up at the peak for about 45 minutes

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Spikes came on, but I really didn't need them.



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  • Comments or Questions
rking007


Thanks for the report!     2013-05-28 09:50:03
Heading up there this Sunday with a group of 6 so this is perfect info. Looks like you had a great trip!


brech


Box Couloirs?     2013-05-29 11:54:51
Did you have a chance to see what the snow looks like there?


samoarob


RE:Box Couloirs     2013-05-29 11:57:21
sorry, no I did not.



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