Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  08/09/2009
Date Climbed:   06/23/2009
Author:  Ken Dammen

 Mount Elber via Standard Class 1 route  

Began climb at about 0530. Climbed up the standard route. This was my first solo 14er. This was the second highest mountain I have climbed behind Mount Whitney. This was the easiest 14er I have climbed as far as fitness goes. Moving to Colorado has certainly improved my ability to cope with altitude. I felt great on this symptoms of altitude sickness (headaches dizzyness etc.)

There were a couple of groups of high school kids from Kansas hiking with me for a while. This was there first 14er. I summited about 0900. This was my 7th Colorado 14er and 8th 14er overall. It was pretty cold on top and still a lot of snow. No need for ice axe or crampons though. I am going to like living in Colorado and climbing.

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 Comments or Questions

11/30/2010 17:20
On reaching the top of your new home state! From a purist stand point, one does not go "solo" when accompanied by a group of people, sharing the mountain with 100 hikers, or following a trail.


That was us!
06/13/2010 04:11
That was us you saw up there. I think I even talked to you a little bit!

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