Climb Time Details
Climber: CalibratedFool
Peak(s): Mt. Bierstadt
Route: West Slopes

Time to summit:
Roundtrip time:
Total elevation gain: 2,850 feet
Total RT mileage: 7.00 miles
Date climbed: 06/23/2013
Mode of Travel (Ascent): Regular Footwear
Mode of Travel (Descent):  Regular Footwear
Solo climb?: Yes
Age when completed: 33
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Notes: Mount Bierstadt is one of the easier Fourteeners, making it a good choice for my first. Left Denver around 5am and arrived at Guanella Pass Trailhead a little before 7am. The first mile or so snaked through marsh land. There were some boardwalks in place, making traversal easy. After about three quarters of a mile, I had to cross a small creek, my 25lb pack challenging my balance. Past the creek, the ascent begins. It took just shy of three hours for me to get to the top. The last 500 feet or so is talus, giving the ascent its "Class 2" rating. After a snack while enjoying the views, began my descent. Return time was about the same, but felt like much, much longer as I struggled to move my weakened legs. Overall, an excellent introduction to the front range.

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