Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  06/13/2009
Modified:  06/14/2009
Date Climbed:   06/13/2009
Author:  Barrett Cooper

 Elbert NE Ridge Route  

Great day for a climb out by Leadville. Pat, my brother Carter, my nephew Matt and I took a stab at Elbert. Matt was visiting from Indiana for his first time ever so what better way to say welcome to Colorado than to put him on top of the state.

Carter and Matt were out early from Boulder and secured a great camping site right near the TH. Lots of camping out along halfmoon creek road. The road itself has been recently fixed up and you could probably do 80mph in a low-rider all the way to the TH. It was in that nice of shape. Trail was in good shape but busy. Little real snow until the top and the only thing you really need is poles if you have them.

We set off from the TH at 5:30am. It is a sharp climb out of the TH up to treeline. Pat hitting treeline


Matt getting accosted by the locals


Moving up slow and steady


Clouds in the valley were spectacular


Getting up there, remember he lives at an elevation of 700 ft


On the summit ridge


Success, Matt, Carter and I on the summit


Back down and out with blue skies all the way

I think we beat him up....


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 Comments or Questions

Very nice....
06/14/2009 11:18
Nice report with some cool shots of the clouds hanging over the Leadville area. Elbert was my first 14er 2 years ago, your report really reminds how much work it was but also how rewarding it is to get to that summit.


what a difference a week makes
06/15/2009 15:07
we were whited out and nearly blown off the mountian the sunday before

good job!

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