Ascent of Mount Evans on 2012-08-11

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Kaerstin Quinlan
Gudrun - Partial
Torsten - Partial
Date:Saturday, August 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Evans
    Elevation:14264 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Evans
Left the Summit Lake parking with Gudrun, Torsten and Kaerstin. We arrived in Colorado 2 days ago, so this is our first climb at these elevations and we are trying out our lungs. There are a lot of people at the parking and many are hiking up the road. We headed up the road, but the family begins to fade. Kaerstin returns to the car first. They would rather have driven up, but I wanted to hike to see what it was like. The turn onto the Northeast face trail was easy to find and we could see other hikers ascending and descending. This trail is “straight at it”! We begin to split, going our ‘own pace’, but since we are above treeline, it is easy to keep an eye on one another.
Popped out onto the upper parking lot. Wow, that is definitely a calf and lung burner! It may have been short but not sure it is a great first attempt at a14er!
Reached the summit, incredible to be able to see so far and such huge mountains! Didn’t stay long, wanted to head down to see how the rest of the group is doing. (Turns out Torsten made it to the upper parking but decided that was far enough for today.)
We all returned to the Summit lake parking. Everyone agrees this is a beautiful area and also that it is tough to hike at these elevations! (Being from the east coast and our usual mountain peak hikes are between 4,000 and 5,000 feet!!)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2000 ft / 609 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2000 ft / 609 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.4 km
    Route:Evans Rd, Northeast Face
    Start Trailhead:Summit Lake  12264 ft / 3738 m
    Time:2 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dan Quinlan
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