Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  02/04/2009
Date Climbed:   02/02/2009
Author:  4HClimber
 Take that Elbert!  

Depart the South Elbert Trailhead: 7:15 a.m.
Summit: 1:00 p.m.
Return to trailhead: 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday January 31 I attempted Elbert with Saxmotor (see trip report). We had to break trail in snowshoes for 3500 feet in elevation gain and at 13,000 I ran out of gas and had to call for a turn around.

While sitting at home on Super Bowl Sunday I thought that it was good weather and there would probably be a few more people beating down the trail and on Monday I could just walk right up to the summit of Elbert.

At 3:00 a.m. on Monday morning I was off from Fort Collins for a solo trip up Elbert.

Unlike the unsuccessful trip on Saturday, on Monday I did not need the snowshoes until about 11,500 and then only for about 1,000 feet elevation gain.

The weather was great but from the time I gained the East ridge till the summit (and back) I battled some fierce 50 mph + wind gusts.

I took a lot of pictures on the summit but my camera froze up and I only have a few to post.

This picture was taken just after I made the East ridge 12,500 or so. This is not a blurry image caused by crap on my lens. It is a shot of the blowing snow going by at sandblasting speed.


Here is a shot from the summit of the big branch someone planted up there. What's up with that?

A shot of Sherman from the top.

A shot to the south.

Sorry I didn't have any more pictures pan out, but it was colder than dang up there with the wind and my camera crapped out on me. However, I did have the mountain completely to myself and that was a good thing. Plus coming back to finish the job two days after having to turn around was great.

Jeff Goodwin (AKA 4-H Climber)

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

02/05/2009 04:48
Congradulations on making the summit! It always sucks to have to turn around, but the mountaineer who never turns around never becomes a good mountaineer...


02/09/2009 22:14
Hi, me and a few of my friends are thinking about skiing down Elbert on the there enough snow up there to get down without much trouble? or would you say it would be a bad idea?

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