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Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Post Date:  06/03/2011
Date Climbed:   06/03/2011
Posted By:  higherisbetter

 West Slopes   

This was my first attempt at hiking a 14er and let me tell you it was so worth it! I didn't follow the trail up, even though you cannot see the whole trail due to snow, I followed some foot prints straight up the mountain. I started my solo hike at 7:40 am and reached the summit by 9:40 am. The summit was not too windy I was up for about twenty minutes and was accompanied by two others after about ten minutes.

On my decent down I followed the trails as much as I could. Once I reached the bottom of the mountain I started to sink into the snow from shin high to a few times waist high. I do not have snow shoes so I managed to deal with it. I was wet waist down by the time I go to my car.

All in all it was an amazing hike and I cannot wait to attempt more 14ers.


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  • Comments or Questions

Congrats!     06/03/2011 23:47
Congrats on your first summit! Had my first CO 14er summit in April and there's just nothing like it! Looking to do Bierstadt or Evans this Sunday so thanks for the info!


Right on!     06/04/2011 00:46
Congratulations on a solo success!


you the man!     06/04/2011 02:36

Keep doing your homework and you'll have years of fun.



Nice work!     06/13/2011 02:28
That is very cool that you soloed your first 14er! Oh and a little hint, if you get some synthetic pants and maybe some gaters it will help out with the wetness... or at least let you dry faster! I speak from experience as I did my first 5-6 or so with jeans and sweatshirts Proper clothing really does help. Happy climbing!

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