Ascent of Mount Elbert in 2008-08

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Wayne and Nate Lundberg
Ben and David Musser
Date:August, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Elbert
    Elevation:14433 ft / 4399 m

Ascent Trip Report

Base Camp day hike from backpacking trip with boys - Crowded route we took was the North Mount Elbert TH (easiest route) everybody wants the highest peak in Colorado, thus this route was very well used. Approach was not technical. Scrambling was minimnal and only when we accidently got off trail. Primarily Class 1 trail. despite this less than challenging description, the amount of pure vertical altitude gain and dealing with acclimation to the altitude are by nature challenging and it was a hard day up and back. Ben and I got dehydrated on the way down and resulted in headaches and dizziness. Should have brought the "pill" from Florida or gotten more acclimation hikes in before we attempted but it was still a great hike.

We witnessed a man ride his unicycle up and down the trail. Truly and amazing and humbling feat to watch!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4383 ft / 1335 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1 & 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Clear
very cold winds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4383 ft / 1335 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Mount Elbert TH
    Start Trailhead:10050 ft / 3063 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    End Trailhead:14433 ft / 4399 m

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