Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mt. Elbert in 70+ mph winds

At around 7:30, we headed into the mountains intent on summiting Mt. Elbert. First we hit a stream and Dad honored the mountain with a little mud and then we navigated the newly made trail. A dusty affair but easily marked, we ascended quickly. Compared to Yale, this trail is less steep and well marked. But still... plenty steep!

When we hit timberline, the wind began to kick up. Another 2 miles and we were faced with winds easily exceeding 70 MPH. Calvin and I were not prepared to deal with this kind of wind chill and decided to turn back... Dad persisted and made it to the top where he reported the winds as so strong, he could barely stand up!

We waited at treeline for Dad's safe return which was a welcome sight...

Videos from Mt Yale and Mt Elbert are being loaded now as we enjoy dinner at Benson's in Salida...

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