Hey! Some friends and I were looking to hit Elbert in the summer of 2007…
Could I get some advice from some people who’ve hiked it, please?
We are flatlanders from Ohio, however, three of the four of us planning on the trip hiked Mt. Whitney in 2004 (acclimation was difficult at first, but we made it successfully).
My big questions are:
In MANY pictures, people appear to have VERY small packs (almost like JanSport bookbags) and that’s it…obviously on Whitney we spent the night and needed much more gear, but for a day trip, I assume the usual food and water and perhaps a trekking pole or two is all that is needed?
What is the camping situation in the area like?
What would be an approximate timeframe for a hike for people in pretty good shape? It seems like 6 to 8 hours is the norm?
What is the snow condition in July or August? Would an ice axe be needed?
Obviously, the big danger appears to be from thunderstorms, and hiking early as possible seems to be the best advice right?
What about lodging around the area? Any good local eateries / watering holes that are recommended?