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Ascent of Mount Elbert on 2018-07-14

Climber: Hal Watrous

Date:Saturday, July 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Elbert
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14433 ft / 4399 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was number 5 of 5 14k Colorado peaks on this trip, and the 3rd of 3 on 5k Prominence List For Colorado( #35). Drove to TH following summiting Blanca and Pikes. Even with an early start from Alamosa, didn't get to TH until 1030am to quite a surprise(popular Halfmoon Creek Elbert Creek campground TH on NE side.) Road was well graded and travelled to the Halfmoon Crossing 1/4 mile past the TH. Even for a Saturday in July, I wouldn't have dreamed the parking dilemma and where people found places to park all up and down the road and back in the trees. Fortunately for me, there were a few spots up at the roads end(where it becomes a jeep track)at the Creek; and fortunately, most of the hikers were already halfway up or beyond when I took off.. . . leaving much solitude for while. I became very concerned about thunderstorms, which also fortunately didn't materialize. And, was surprised by those still plodding to the top late in the day.( I was equipped to hunker down if necessary) My up and down rate was about 5 hours, with another hour spent helping another hiker with knee problems and altitude sickness coming down.(who also ran out of water). About Halfway down I gave her and her mother my remaining water and headed down, camping back in the trees at one of the many available spots. In hindsight, I enjoyed the summit and the area and had no problem helping fellow hikers in need. What was distressing was the rudeness of hikers descending expecting anyone they encountered to get out of their way. So much for basic common sense to "yield" to the ascending hiker's right of way.
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