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Ascent of Mount Elbert on 2012-09-20

Climber: Ed Wandall

Others in Party:Joe Moeggenberg
Date:Thursday, September 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Elbert
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14433 ft / 4399 m

Ascent Trip Report

Headed out from Denver after a work meeting with the boss. Rented rooms at the Alps Motel ($65) and had dinner at the Tennessee Pass restaurant. Food was so good that we had breakfast there the next morning. Got to the trailhead and started up around 9. Trail was in good condition and had a nice hike up to about 13,000 feet. Here we took a short rest and saw the "King of the Mountain", the biggest marmot I had ever seen. Joes legs were starting to bother him a bit, so we took it easy on the steeper part around 13,500 feet. Some snow high, but nothing to worry about. Made the summit around 2pm, and had a wonderful tour of the nearby mountains by a nice guy who was originally from Bethlehem PA, just up the road 10 or so miles from my house. Couldn't find the summit register, and only found a reference mark. I think the summit benchmark is under a windbreak/cairn. Too bad.
Heading down, Joe's legs were cramping up a bit, so we fashioned a a pair of hiking sticks out of fallen pine branches. Made it down and back to the Red Robin in Denver by 9pm.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4393 ft / 1339 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Northeast Ridge
    Trailhead:North Ebert Creek Trailhead  10040 ft / 3060 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 15 Minutes



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