Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  09/18/2011
Date Climbed:   08/13/2011
Author:  kucrew
 Mt. Elbert East Ridge  

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All of our photos are posted on our blog, I will share a few below as well.


We did it! Second attempt at Mt. Elbert was a success! The weather was perfect. We headed toward Aspen immediately after work. We made it to the upper trailhead in time to pitch the tent and started a fire before dark. We headed out by 5:30am. The hike was the hardest I’ve done so far. Mount Elbert is the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains of North America, at 14,433 feet. It is located in Lake County, approximately 10 miles southwest of Leadville. It lies within the San Isabel National Forest. The hike starts out at an incline and never gives you a break. I can remember hearing all the voices of hikers as we approached the summit. I truly felt my lungs had reached their capacity and I was going to fall on my face. I am very thankful that Greg pushes me to see such beautiful rewards. The view from the top was well worth the pain I put my body through for 8.5 hours. My heart rate monitor claimed I burned over 4,000 calories. We stopped in Breckenridge for some pizza, beer & wings. Our bodies needed food and we thought it was the perfect day to indulge. Our next 14’er we have selected is Mt. Sherman at 14,036 ft. It is located in the Mosquito Range, approximately eight miles south of Mount Lincoln. Mt. Sherman is one of the most nondescript of the fourteeners, and one of the easiest to climb; it is recommended as a beginner fourteeners. It is also the only fourteeners with a successful aircraft landing on its summit. Let’s hope we do not need to use the landing strip for an emergency pick up! LOL.

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 Comments or Questions

Rock Chalk
09/19/2011 01:16
Nice work, KUcrew. Keep up the good work and continue making the Jayhawk nation proud!


Rock Chalk Jayhawk.....kkkkkkk U!
09/19/2011 02:15
Thank you!


Dead dog...
09/19/2011 19:43
He must have been heavy to carry down.

Rock Chalk!

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