March 29th, 2020
Riis Park Striders
August 17th, 2009
Leadville Training on Mt. Elbert
Been looking for a guide or sherpa to help me up to the top of Mt. Elbert with no luck. Today's weather was so ideal that I decided to just go for it, by myself... low expectations... if I got lost, altitude-fatigued, ran out of liquids, or the weather turned nasty I would just pirouette and head back down the trail.
At 14,443 feet Mt. Elbert is the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains of North America and the tallest mountain in the state of Colorado. A little internet research (plus confirmation by Leadville Trail buddy Larry Hall) and I found a trail head up Half Moon Road... a logical place to start because the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run shares this same trail for 1.15 miles.
The trail head is at 10,040 feet -so- net elevation gain wound up 4,393 feet in 4.6 miles of climbing... round trip of 9.25 miles in 3:46 (plus 45 minutes at the top before descending).
The weather remained "one in thirty", as Rod, a forest trail ranger I met described (he referred to this day as the best of the month). It got windy from the halfway point all the way to the top... no problemo, I brought an extra shirt.
Wasn't sure how I'd react to the elevation... happy to report no ill effects.
Back in civilization I treated myself to a Beetroot Juice per the recommendation of fellow Riis Park Strider Ken Dietz.
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