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Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Post Date:  09/29/2009
Date Climbed:   09/26/2009
Posted By:  ColoNativeinPA


 Mt. Elbert - Standard Route at the end of summer   

Mt. Elbert Standard Route – end of Summer 2009

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. Author: Theodore Isaac Rubin


I Flew in from the east coast the day before and camped at 10,000 ft in the campgrounds a mile or so from the trailhead. My hometown is about 800 ft in elevation but I seemed to acclimate pretty well. Handful of aspirin and lots of water seems to be the recipe.
Weather was great below tree line. Once we got above the trees the wind really kicked up when we were on the west side. Good thing we had plenty of layers.

Above tree line the trail had some areas of snow pack and ice in the morning that turned to slush in spots on the way down. Wearing Yak Tracks really helped on the descent.

We left just little later than we planned. Hit the trail head just after 7am
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View from about ˝ up thru the trees looking north
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The trail thru the trees starts out easy with switchbacks but then gets pretty steep just before you hit tree line. Trail was still dry here.
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This is a shot of the general trail conditions just above tree line in the morning.
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This is just after the tree line, trail is not too bad taking a break, Mt. Massive in the background.
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Wind has not yet kicked up hard yet. Probably 1 ˝ hrs into the hike.
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This is a shot after about 2 hrs into the hike, this is a false peak and the trail started to get more snow packed and icy in spots. Wind started to get going here.
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This is the ridge and last pitch to the peak, again snow started to get deep 18'" at the peak
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Us at the peak – LOTS of wind
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View looking south
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View of Mt. Massive
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View of looking west
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Taking a break for a snack before descending just below the ridge out of the wind.
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