Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  05/14/2012
Date Climbed:   05/12/2012
Author:  zoriloco
 Great day on Mt Elbert Northeast Ridge  

It was thrusday around 9pm when my wife and I were still trying to figure out who would babysit our 3 year old daughter. Friday morning Liz calls me at work and confirms her aunt will do the honors and even better we can leave Denver right after work and car camp at the TH Woo hooo!

We left Denver at around 7pm and get to the TH around 10pm. Again our Xterra proved to be a great option for car camping.

Saturday at 4am our alarm goes off and wake up to lots of fog and snow on the ground, so we decided we would wait for the sun to come out for us to start. We ended up leaving the TH at 6am

After Gearing up and having a Protein shake for Breakfast we headed out

Even with some snow on the ground the lower part of the trail was very easy to follow

The closer we got to treeline it got a bit more difficult to find the route. At that point we pulled out our map and to walk thru some snow drifts.

At some point I noticed we were being followed by a couple. Finally someone that can take a picture of Liz and I together!

I tried to be funny by saying hopefully you're not following me because I dont know where the actual route is..... Lol they didnt think it was very funny I guess. Any how after some discussion we established what way we would follow.

Once we got above treeline route finding was not a problem at all.

The higher up we got the better the views

I believe this is Mt Massive, please let me know if Im wrong.

After the dissapointment of so many false summits I could finally see the real deal!

Liz making it to the summit

The costumary Guatemala National Flag

Liz's summit Dance

At the end it took us 9:47 hrs RT for just under 11 miles (route finding added some distance)

 Comments or Questions

05/14/2012 16:23
awesome . nice photos and it's great to be able to experience this with your loved ones.


Dang it
05/14/2012 17:16
I was suppose to climb Yale that day and I've always wanted to see the fog from treeline. But my partner and I left because of the rain that day and we did Columbia. Nice summit though, very neat.


05/14/2012 19:42
LOVED the pictures! You've got some keepers here. Glad to see the weather improved for you and Liz up there.
Thanks for the report!


05/14/2012 21:11
I had also thought about doing Columbia but the updates on the trail conditions made me decided for Elbert.

The weather got really nice, I was expecting to climb with snow coming down all day. Mother nature was generous to us.


05/14/2012 21:16
Yeah, I'm kicking myself lol. Great pictures, I'm epically jealous. Columbia sucked so you didn't miss anything there. A LOT of downed trees, soft snow, and scree/mud mix made things rather interesting.


05/17/2012 01:14
Awesome pics!!! I did shavano last year, and I'm heading up to CO to do Elbert in 3 weeks!!! This post makes me even more excited!!!


about traction
05/21/2012 20:14
do you think some kind of traction (microspikes) is necessary or can we do this with just hiking boots?

Will be there this Saturday, thanks!

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