Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  08/22/2019
Date Climbed:   08/21/2019
Author:  gschield
 Old fatman does Mt. Elbert  

Ok, so my times are terrible, but I made it! Its been a dream for 35 years to hike a 14er. And for a 62 yr old, 225 lb unathletic flatlander from Wisconsin with knee problems, I didn't know if I could ever make the dream come true. I was tired on the ascent, but I found it was the descent that was hardest to do with very tired legs while being very cautious of protecting my knee. I am sharing this to encourage those of you who wonder if you can do it, to get active and just do it.

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 Comments or Questions

Old fatman ha!!
08/22/2019 11:37
You did it - that's awesome!!


08/22/2019 13:37
Congrats man, that's awesome!! Great summit picture, also!


08/22/2019 14:38
Excellent accomplishment!


08/22/2019 18:22
Way to stick with the goal, congrats!


08/22/2019 20:33
I am originally from Wisconsin as well, but have been in CO for 17yrs. Way to go! I can use your post to convince my mom that she can make it up too!

08/23/2019 08:58
Iâm a 60 year old flatlander from Wisco over 200 lbs with a bad knee! Iâve been fortunate enough to hike a few of these over the years including Elbert. People have no idea how hard it is to lug 200 plus pounds up and down a 14er! Hope you ate whatever you wanted the rest of that day.


Good job!!!
08/24/2019 10:42
Congrats on a well deserved summit!


08/30/2019 10:38


Nice job!
09/22/2019 17:59
I'm an old chubby flatlander too from the D/FW area (6'2", 240#). I'm planning to make a go of Elbert next summer while in the area to do a few backpacking loops. You've given me hope. Nice job, sir.

09/25/2019 11:38
As a flat lander myself (and close to your age 56) may I say, OUTSTANDING WORK! Happy for your achievement.

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