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 Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
 Post Date:  02/04/2009
 Date Climbed:   02/02/2009
 Posted By:  4HClimber

 Take that Elbert!   

Depart the South Elbert Trailhead: 7:15 a.m.
Summit: 1:00 p.m.
Return to trailhead: 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday January 31 I attempted Elbert with Saxmotor (see trip report). We had to break trail in snowshoes for 3500 feet in elevation gain and at 13,000 I ran out of gas and had to call for a turn around.

While sitting at home on Super Bowl Sunday I thought that it was good weather and there would probably be a few more people beating down the trail and on Monday I could just walk right up to the summit of Elbert.

At 3:00 a.m. on Monday morning I was off from Fort Collins for a solo trip up Elbert.

Unlike the unsuccessful trip on Saturday, on Monday I did not need the snowshoes until about 11,500 and then only for about 1,000 feet elevation gain.

The weather was great but from the time I gained the East ridge till the summit (and back) I battled some fierce 50 mph + wind gusts.

I took a lot of pictures on the summit but my camera froze up and I only have a few to post.


This picture was taken just after I made the East ridge 12,500 or so. This is not a blurry image caused by crap on my lens. It is a shot of the blowing snow going by at sandblasting speed.

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Here is a shot from the summit of the big branch someone planted up there. What's up with that?
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A shot of Sherman from the top.
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A shot to the south.
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Sorry I didn't have any more pictures pan out, but it was colder than dang up there with the wind and my camera crapped out on me. However, I did have the mountain completely to myself and that was a good thing. Plus coming back to finish the job two days after having to turn around was great.

Jeff Goodwin (AKA 4-H Climber)



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions (2)
bigmac


Persistant!     2009-02-04 21:48:41
Congradulations on making the summit! It always sucks to have to turn around, but the mountaineer who never turns around never becomes a good mountaineer...


LWC

Skiing?     2009-02-09 15:14:39
Hi, me and a few of my friends are thinking about skiing down Elbert on the 21st..is there enough snow up there to get down without much trouble? or would you say it would be a bad idea?



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