Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  06/26/2009
Date Climbed:   03/17/2009
Author:  enjoytheride
 St Patty‘s Day Celebration Summit attempt   

A couple guys from work and I decided on a whim to hit elbert the previous day, I guess we were getting sick of the lift access. I rented some AT gear from Bag & Pack and called my buddy Brad who always was eager to join, (1st 14er)

Image Hit the trail around 5 am Unfortunately I dropped my camera while shedding layers so I don't have many pics of the climb as my buddy Brad had a rough ascent and was not worried about kodak moments

Image sunrise

This was the steepest section and proved quite challenging since this was my first time using skins, not to mention it was pretty slick from all the sun.

At this point my buddies from work and disappeared and I was watching Brad struggle I yelled some encouragement and pressed on to find the other two.

I met up with the other two and had a snack, we could see the East ridge and the rest of the route to the summit and all I could think was I wanna ski that Image
Brad made his way up and we showed him the rest of the climb and he was less than excited.

As we all departed to gain the ridge Brad fell WAY behind, but I had to keep moving to catch up with the other two who were getting impatient with Brad and Me for bringing him along. See Brad had been bummin on couches and skiin pretty hard the last few days as this was his spring break so he was definitely not in top form. I told them to go ahead and we would drop in off the ridge and wait at the truck.

I waited for Brad and we posted up on the ridge for some lunch and to hold a safety meeting about our descent. Above my boot in the pic is the summit and the descent from the summit was not looking so hot as you can see to the right of my boots.

We hung out and took in the view for a little while
Image la plata
We could see the other two making their way to the summit they were getting abused by the wind. Image

Having previously summited Elbert I was content with staying behind and getting better turns out of the trip, although it was not a true ski descent of a 14er.

The view looking down the line
Here is the line from the runout
The rest of the ski was mostly scenic transportation, at this point tho it was DEEP SLUSH and not very much fun until we hit the CO trail out. All in all a good day even without a summit.

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