W: who are you hiking with?
E: people I don't know from my tri club.
W: you don't know these people?
E: nope, but what could go wrong?
Our hike leader, Matt, decided that we'd hike up Mt Elbert, which is the highest mountain in CO and the Rockies. Its the second highest moutain in the continental US, only 65 feet shorter than Mt Whitney. The hike was 4.5 miles with a gain of nearly 4,500 ft elevation. The plan was to get to the trailhead at sunrise and summit well before thunderstorms could build. Lightening is the main danger when hiking above treeline, thus the 3 AM departure time.
|green line is the trail to the top|
|Pre-dawn parking lot with lingering fog|
|The group just before treeline|
|Mt Massive peeking through|
|hiking up out of the trees|
|the top of the hill was the first of 2 falst summits|
|this was the most sucky climb|
|the specs are people - top is the second false summit|
|scary cloud that made us think twice about lingering|
|you can see the trail on the ridge below|
|to show how steep the trail was, but they wouldn't move!|
|rain falling over Twin Lakes|