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 Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
 Post Date:  09/09/2006
 Date Climbed:   09/08/2006
 Posted By:  rockymtnhigh69

 Mt. Elbert, Northeast Ridge   

Not going to be the greatest trip report because the conditions were not ideal for picture taking.. I will say that Mt. Elbert is a great climb however... You can just tell how beautiful it would be on a blue bird day..

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We left the Mt. Elbert trailhead at 7 am and headed into the woods with overcast skies and it was not looking good.. This trail is really well laid out and easy to follow.. Once we got to the spot where the Colorado trail breaks off to the left, the Ebert trail begins and starts to steadily climb.. Pretty steep in a few sections until you get to treeline.

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The weather at treeline started to get ugly but we continued.. I am a little faster than my climbing buddy John Paul so I found myself alone up on Elbert with 25 mile an hour winds and a driving snow..

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I kept on following the trail as best I could.. It was getting covered fast and there are not many cairns up there as the trail is very easy to follow in normal conditions.. The cairns turned out to be my best friends that day... I got off trail a couple of times but they help me get right back on track...

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Weather was not good and getting worse.. I summitted signed the register, touched the American Flag up there and got the hell out of there... After 15 minutes or so, John Paul showed at the summit oif Elbert, we took some photos and headed down..

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There was inversion at treeline as we started getting rained heavily on..

Still a fun day.. Anytime you climb a 14er, is better than being at work..



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