Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Post Date:  07/10/2008
Date Climbed:   07/08/2008
Posted By:  gortonc

 First time 14er!!   

Mt. Bierstadt
Rank: 38 of 53
Elevation: 14,060'
Range: Front
County: Clear Creek

Difficulty: Class 2
Trailhead: Guanella Pass
Trailhead Elev.: 11,669 feet
Elevation Gain: 2,850 feet
Trip Length: 7 miles

My family and I made our first 14er on Tuesday. Had a great time but the weather drove us off early.

We were on the TH at 6:30 with a totally clear sky.

The creek was fun to cross. It was a chilly start as you can see frost still on the ground up ahead.

My wife made her first 14er with the kids too!

We made the summit at 10:30 but by that time we saw several clouds beginning to build all around so we only stayed on the summit for 15 minutes or so.

My 3 children: ages 9,11 and 11 did great for their first climb! I am so very proud of them. We met some very nice people on the mountain that were gracious enough to take our family picture on the summit. This climb will forever be in our memories.

On the way home the sleet really started to come down just outside the parking lot!

From Michigan

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  • Comments or Questions

Everyone on the top     05/02/2011 14:23
Well done getting the whole family to summit together. I‘m impressed. Looks like a nice outing.


Everyone on the top     07/11/2008 05:22
Thank you, it has been a dream of mine for many years Now the family has the bug too.


Cool !     07/13/2008 00:50
Wow, very cool ! Trip reports with kids always puts a smile on my face. Looks like your whole family enjoyed the day !


Awesome!     07/13/2008 09:44
Great TR! I CAN‘T wait for my daughter to get a little older and bring her along climbing!!


Family Together     07/13/2008 19:02
Congratulations Chad! So glad you made the trip and the whole family was successful in completing the 14er. The memories will stay with all of you for a very long time.


Great Vacation!!     07/14/2008 00:29
Hey guys! Looks like you are having quite the adventure! Sally and I think the kids are at a great age to experience great places like Colorado. I‘m sure they will cherish the memories their entire lives.
Your (ex)neighbors: *Go Buckeyes*!!!

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