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 Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
 Post Date:  09/05/2005 Modified: 09/01/2006
 Date Climbed:   08/15/2005
 Posted By:  Aubrey

 South Mt. Elbert - East Ridge / end of 4WD road - 9/5/05   

Made it up the 4WD road just fine in my stock Xterra, though there were a few sections that required careful tire placement. Left the trailhead at 6:45 a.m. Traversed through the thick Aspen grove with the morning sun trickling through -- very nice. Some leaves are already gold.

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After doing Yale two days earlier (and hiking a little the day before), my legs were a little stiff, but not bad. Really noticed it on the steeper sections, but amazingly, it went away and I got in a groove.

Great weather at first, but above treeline the wind picked up and I found myself putting on the warm-weather hat on more than one occasion (that said, I was still OK in shorts all day).

Hit the summit at about 9:45 and met just one other guy. Stellar views, naturally. Felt good to be on the highest point in Colorado. My GPS displayed a solid 14,466, though it had to be off (or was it? ).

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Clouds started building and bloating around the peaks. Some had dark bottoms, but none looked threatening. On the way down we passed at least 10 others that were on their way up ... and looking northeast I counted at least 15 climbers.

Great climb ... beautiful mountain.



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