Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  07/14/2009
Modified:  07/15/2009
Date Climbed:   06/30/2009
Author:  gortonc

 Michigan Kids Summit Elbert  

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On Tuesday June 30th The Coffman's and the Gorton's headed south of Leadville to attempt a Mt. Elbert summit. Our families came to Colorado to climb a 14er, so we were rather keyed up! The night before, we drove to the TH so we knew where it was and how long it would take to drive there from Breckenrigde. All systems were a "go." This was the shot of Elbert from our car as we were still in route. I liked the amber glow.

As we were driving the last mile or so to the TH, we caught up with (2) buses and (2) fifteen passenger vans. We hoped that the massive caravan was headed to Mt. Massive☺ Unfortunately they turned into the TH of Elbert just ahead of us. Once in the parking lot I would estimate that at least 75 teenage kids jumped out of the buses so we decided to get going immediately to try and avoid a crowded trail. Don't get me wrong; I am glad that so many people are using the National Forest Land. I just didn't want to be around so many people on a 14er.




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Here is our group shot at the TH sign. I should note that 3 people on this trip have never climbed to the top of a 14er. Two little girls age 8 and 11, and their fearless mom. Go Coffman girls, you can do it!!





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Soon after we get started we cross a little creek over some semi-sturdy wooden poles. I wonder what this looks like when there is a larger run off.





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I am not sure what body of water this is but I thought this made an intriguing shot.





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Here, the 3 girls who have never been to the top of a 14er, stand next to a curious pile of rocks that really serves no purpose as far as I could tell. Perhaps someone could enlighten me.




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Here is the legendary fork in the trail where the Colorado Trail goes straight and the trail to Elbert hangs a right. The sign makes it hard to miss;) The Gorton clan at this point enjoys high spirits and good weather.





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Here is the point we leave the trees behind, and cast our gaze on what we believe to be the summit. The temperature is beginning to warm up and as the day brightens, we are cognizant of the ever-brilliant blue sky that this wonderful state is frequently blessed with. FYI in Michigan the sky doesn't get blue like this.





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Like I mentioned, we have just left the trees behind and if you look close you can see a large number of people not too far behind the Coffmans. Because I don't remember a gang of people passing by, I think that perhaps several of them turned back.





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We should acknowledge the behemoth emerging to the south. Mt. Massive, which needs no introduction.






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It was nice to stand on flat ground and take in the view of the lakes below. The weather is still holding.





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One of my twin boys fighting for his second 14er, this isn't going to be easy… your going to have to dig deep for this final push.






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Alas, we made it!! 9 out of 9 people in our party made it to the top of the tallest mountain in Colorado. Well worth it!





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This is our youngest mountaineer. It is her first 14er summit. Way to go!





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The Coffman Clan at the summit.





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My twin boys and I at the top. Well done!





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The Ladies summit shot. I am proud of all of you girls!






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All of the kids together.






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Our entire party at the top of Mt. Elbert.





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Her first 14er!




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I actually borrowed this resting spot from my son. It really is rather comfortable. We spent an hour on the summit before heading down. The entire round trip took approximately 9 hours. All in all, I don't think that was too bad for our party.



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Here is a cool shot of a marmot that we saw on the way down.>
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 Comments or Questions
Derek


Great Job!
07/15/2009 22:27
Thats a large group, makes it pretty impressive that everyone was able to summit!


14erkid


Good Job Kids
07/17/2009 00:10
Kids from Michigan a that age climbing Elbert. IMPRESSIVE!


hikerdoc

Excellent Job!
07/31/2009 22:44
We‘re from Michigan and I‘m using this trip report as incentive for my two boys to summit Elbert this year in August. Thanks for sharing and congratulations. Happy hiking!



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