Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  10/22/2010
Date Climbed:   10/16/2010
Author:  arianna2

 Beautiful day on Elbert  

We were in the Aspen area initially, so we went over Independence Pass to get to Leadville. It was so beautiful. We thought the colors would have been gone by now. Image We started the climb up Elbert at about 6:40. It was pretty dark and we should have had lights, but we didn't. It got light enough pretty quick. We wore long underwear and parkas. Didn't need the coats up until after tree line. We were sure glad to have them then because the wind picked up. Otherwise, it was wonderful weather. The trail was great, just a little bit of ice towards the top of tree line. Image Past tree line, the whole trail was snow/ice packed. Yaktrax or spikes might have been nice, but not necessary. Image The trek up the false summit was probably the hardest. For the most part, the snow didn't cause much problem. There was wind but the temp was still around 35 or 40 degrees. Image Image Image Image AHH…finally the summit…NOT. Image Now, finally the summit (really the false summits became a bit comical after a while). Image There were some locals at the top hitting some golf balls and they were nice enough to snap our picture so that we didn't have to mess with the timer on the camera in the wind. Thanks guys. We arrived on the summit at 1030, so it was a little under 4 hours to get up, half hour on the summit, and took us about 2 hours getting down. What an awesome way to spend your Birthday. Happy Birthday Craig. Image

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 Comments or Questions
Doctor No

Golf balls?
10/22/2010 17:43
I can't stand the people who hit golf balls from the summit. If they can't see where the balls land (and they can't in this case), then there's a chance that they are endangering others.

Good TR, though.


Great job...
10/22/2010 20:40
I got plonked in the head with a small ricocheting rock my dad tossed off a cliff in the Ozarks when I was a kid (tried to scare me--and it did as I discovered how much a head wound can bleed!). Imagine having your peaceful wilderness hike interrupted by a stupid golf ball embedding itself in your cranium. Morons.


Good point!
10/23/2010 03:43
Actually, we never thought about that. They were hitting in a direction that didn't seem dangerous at the time, but I suppose there could be people or even animals that could be hit. Good idea to not hit, kick, or throw anything from the summit


Nice Job!
10/23/2010 14:53
Looks like you had a perfect sky for the hike! Aside from hitting a hiker, the golf balls seem like they could be bad for the environment too. Those damn things are nearly indestructible. They'll be there for an eternity.

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