Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  12/06/2013
Date Climbed:   11/30/2013
Author:  Amine083
 Thanksgiving climb (South Trail)  

My first attempt was on 11/29. On that day I was the last person to start 10:15 am (It was a way too late as the people at the hotel told me).
I was about 1.5hrs from the summit after 4 hrs hike and decided to go back since it was 2:30 pm already and I could see the sun starting to disappear behind one of the peaks.

The following day I started at 7:45am from the parking lot but was lucky as I met two climbers with a truck and I saved around 30min. I made it to the top around 2pm (I stopped a couple of times to catch my breath and also to take some videos and photos). Even on that day (late November) the snow was really deep when you go above the tree lines).

MY ONLY RECOMMENDATION IS THAT YOU START EARLY BECAUSE IT REQUIRES AROUND 5.5HRS EVEN FOR EXPERIENCED HIKERS. My opinion is that some of the information online is misleading (3.8mi from the TH to the summit , easy climb...). It is a very difficult climb during winter. But with all this, the view is TOTALLY worth it!!

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 Comments or Questions

OK - I'll bite...
12/09/2013 19:00
What is that orange ring in pic 9. I know what it looks like but please tell me it's not that!

Also - your night sky pics are very nice! I could never seem to make those come out OK....


free ride
12/13/2013 04:43
Hey, nice pics. I gave you the ride! Did you run into the guy with the snowboard on your way down? we got down and his buddy had been waiting for hours.


12/13/2013 07:11
Hey Jack,

Thanks for the ride. I mentioned you

I met with the guy with the snowboard at the summit when I was heading back. He told me he wanted to use his snowboard to descend to the parking lot all the way from the summit

It took me exactly 2.5h to get the parking lot (I still don't know how I did it, I was scared to get out of there quickly). To my surprise I found his car there. I returned the following morning to photograph the lake and the car was gone, which means he made it

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