Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  07/06/2011
Date Climbed:   07/03/2011
Author:  kereed
 First 14er  

This is my first trip report and also my first 14er, and the tallest mountain I have climbed was around 2000 feet shorter.

We woke up bright and early at 4 AM and then started to drive to the trail head. Started the climb bright and early on Elbert at around 4:30 Am leaving from the trail head and started to hike up the ridge. Just a note, there is a river which is right at the beginning of the trail, if you look to the right you will be able to see a bridge which will make it easier to cross the river.

We got to the trail split in about an hour and then up the first steep part of the mountain where we took a small break to wash and coming from lower elevation some of the members of the group started to get winded due to this being the first real 14er we have climbed and the elevation was starting to get to people.

After we got above the tree line, we started to climb up the rocky face and towards the second summit. As we started to climb to the first false summit, we passed a few meadows which had some wild flowers growing and also great views of Mt. Massive.

After the first false summit we saw the huge incline and making a stead but slow pace we were able to climb up that and get within a 40 minute hike to the summit. Fatigue started to kick in with some members of my group and we started to take more breaks as we reached within sight of the summit.

After finally running into some of the people we started off on the trail head, and got some final encouragement which helped me push the last 1/2 mile to get on the top. As tradition goes for when I climbed other mountains, I took the picture of the survey marker and also did the hiking pose

On the way down we stopped more and took pictures, we spent around 8 hours on the mountain and I have to say that it was worth every second up there. It did rain so you need to follow the 12 o'clock rule since it did get nasty up there with the rain. I can't wait to have another trip to Colorado and summit some more.

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 Comments or Questions

07/06/2011 21:38
This was my first 14er as well. It is a great hike and once you get past the false summits, it is very rewarding. Congrats!


07/08/2011 04:12
This was my first 14er too! nice climb, now you will have to add to the list

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