Mount Elbert and Mount Massive - In good enough shape?

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Mount Elbert and Mount Massive - In good enough shape?

Post by the_last_third » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:32 pm

I live in Kansas and will be attempting both of these peaks in two weeks. Just want to get some feedback on whether I’m reasonably I shape to do both with one day rest between. I know it’s hard to judge from just what I’m writing but here’s it goes.

I’m 55 and point of reference I did Flattop in under 5 hours round trip. Lawn Lake and back I less than 6 hours. I bike 40-80 miles per week. Some running and some swimming and some yoga to mix things up. Don’t drink and don’t smoke. 6’3” 193.

I’ll have four full days to acclimatize before the first attempt on the 5th day.
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Re: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive - In good enough shape?

Post by Eli Boardman » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:52 pm

I think you should be fine, especially if you start very early (think about starting a couple hours before sunrise on each peak). Bonus: if you start early enough, you might get to watch sunrise from above treeline. Then, you'll have the whole morning to finish hiking up (and down) before the storms roll in.
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Re: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive - In good enough shape?

Post by arianna2 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:59 pm

Having the time to acclimate is great as I would say that is the only thing that some would have trouble with. Stay really hydrated and start early...and oh yeah, don't forget to bring a few antidepressants to take after each false summit on Elbert #-o Have a great time.
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Re: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive - In good enough shape?

Post by nyker » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:33 pm

Just take it slower at the start even if you feel strong, altitude has a funny way of sneaking up on you suddenly...

Good luck!
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Re: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive - In good enough shape?

Post by SchralpTheGnar » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:34 pm

What do you bench?
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Re: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive - In good enough shape?

Post by rperth » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:46 pm

SchralpTheGnar wrote:What do you bench?

Ha!
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Re: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive - In good enough shape?

Post by huffy13 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:29 pm

With the activity you listed, I would think you'll do just fine. Massive, at least on the standard route is a long day, and Elbert is a bit of a slog too, so either one needs to have an early start. The earlier the start, the more opportunity you will have to take breaks or you can take an easier pace if need be.
Seems like the times that I need a mountain the most are the times that I can not get to them.
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Re: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive - In good enough shape?

Post by the_last_third » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:43 pm

SchralpTheGnar wrote:What do you bench?
Not much. But good one.
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Re: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive - In good enough shape?

Post by the_last_third » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:50 pm

huffy13 wrote:With the activity you listed, I would think you'll do just fine. Massive, at least on the standard route is a long day, and Elbert is a bit of a slog too, so either one needs to have an early start. The earlier the start, the more opportunity you will have to take breaks or you can take an easier pace if need be.
I drove to the trailhead yesterday just to make sure I know where I’ll be going in the dark and I’m glad i did since I missed the turn and ended up where all the road graters and dirt haulers are. I did do a quick hike today up to the closest peak just north of Independnce Pass. It’s basicslly a staircase. Felt good.
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Re: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive - In good enough shape?

Post by Alpine Guy » Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:02 pm

If you bike that much regularly, you should know your cardio limits. It's funny but you can feel like you're hardly moving in the steeper terrain but your GPS track (later) shows a good steady rate of climb. Just relax, start early and keep moving. And don't forget to take lots of pictures!
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Re: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive - In good enough shape?

Post by spiderman » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:01 pm

My boy did Elbert at age 8. The 14ers have been completed by a six year old. The peaks aren't that physically tough. Just take it slow if you ever get tired. Pole pole as they say on Kilimanjaro. Some people run on up those peaks while others require a few extra hours. Either way you get to the same place.

Stop by Mt. Sunflower on the way back to Kansas if you haven't already summited your state HP.
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Re: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive - In good enough shape?

Post by dtron » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:18 am

As someone who also lives in the flatlands (Missouri), I'm pretty confident you should be fine. Your fitness level should be more than enough and you're taking time to achieve a decent measure of acclimation. I typically make it out to the mountains a few times per year (hike, bike, ski, etc.) and on the first couple days I'm huffing and puffing up even a few flights of stairs. By the fourth or fifth day, while I'm not fully acclimated, I'm running up them just as I would back home.

You may even find that you're fine to hike them on back-to-back days. Just see how you feel, and as other have said, find a comfortable pace. And start early, of course.
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