Erciyes

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Elevation (feet): 12,851
Elevation (meters): 3,917
Continent: Asia
Country: Turkey
Range/Region: Central Anatolia
Latitude: 38.5333
Longitude: 35.4667
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1863
First successful climber(s): Dr. Fritz ?
Nearest major airport: Kayseri
Convenient Center: Kayseri

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 35 trip reports for Erciyes.

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  • Log #22250 - by peter lyssy on Oct 19, 2011
    My wife and I climbed Ercyas from Kayak Evi above Kayseri. In this time didn`t neither exist the Ski area nor the cable-lift. So we had to climb 7000 ft in one day. The weather was clear, but very...
  • Log #19444 - by Judy Wren on June 15, 2006
    Great climb. More technical than I expected, but I am a novice, so there. Steep in parts. Crampons necessary.
  • Log #8575 - by Ken Whittenburg on June 09, 2004
    Very difficult Colorado 14er climb. Getting off the right line is very easy to do and we did it a bunch- getting into class 4 and low class 5 situations. Go slow and study the route.
  • Log #8574 - by Kirk Mallory on June 08, 2004
    This was my 40th Colorado fourteener and one of my hardest yet. Lots of sustained scrambling and some exposure on good solid rock, but there is some loose rubble to watch out for. We approached the...
  • Log #8573 - by Rob Walters on June 07, 2004
    We did the Ellingwood Arete. Great Weather, except for falling climbers. There was someone soloing the route above us in hiking boots (route is 5.7)who fell at the crux (apx.
  • Log #8572 - by Robert Norris on June 06, 2004
    What a fantastic fourteener, the route is pure fun, the conglomerate scrambling is a joy, all 900 feet of it. We got a little off-route on the way down (make sure you pay attention to how you came up...
  • Log #8571 - by Josh VonLoh on June 05, 2004
    I breezed up it with some guys I met from St. Louis, while my 6'9" ogre friend toiled behind and never summited. I saw some marmots, and mountain goats too.
  • Log #8566 - by Jarrett Luttrell on June 02, 2004
    Matt Halbakken and I followed Albert's Pitons to the Center of the Universe!
  • Log #8565 - by Mickey Hines on June 01, 2004
    We had perfect conditions at the Summit on August 10, 2000 at 1:30 pm. There was no wind, and good visibility in all directions - an unforgettable moment. Bob Huitt led me from the South Colony Lakes...
  • Log #8564 - by Jay Jansen on May 31, 2004
    One of the Best. Came from the Peak via the traverse. Very exposed Class 3+ and VERY VERY exposed Class4+. One of the most difficult yet exciting climbs I have ever done.
  • Log #8563 - by David Michael on May 30, 2004
    Mark Harko & I climbed the direct Ellingwood Arete. Everything was going great untill the 13 & 1/2 hour snow storm hit us at 13,000'. We climbed for about an hour in the storm, but got pinned...
  • Log #8562 - by Scott Kelley on May 29, 2004
    Awesome climb,...but the winds were about 50 mph. Oh well, this has got to be one of the coolest peak I've climbed.
  • Log #8561 - by Samuel Johnson on May 28, 2004
    Ellingwood Arete (5.7/5.8) is a very fun winter alpine climb, features can become very slippery and difficult to find purchase following snows and melts. A fun experience, punching ice out of cracks...
  • Log #8560 - by Matt Kirk on May 27, 2004
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at http://www.trailjournals.com. If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #8559 - by Tim Callaway on May 26, 2004
    Summited with scott Kelley. Cold, windy, sturdy rock, started snowing. special gear not needed if correct route is taken. I did it in baggy jeans with no knees, a shirt reading "pshyc...
  • Log #8558 - by Alan on May 25, 2004
    Ellingwood Arete route: Man, this was fun. Lots of exposure. We did three roped pitches...one at the bottom.
  • Log #8557 - by Ryan Sayers on May 24, 2004
    Ellingwood Arete was super fun, but I think I got lost at the crux. Should I have taken the horrendous double-overhanging offwidth? Ooohhh, it was pumpy in the rain - thank God for expandable tube...
  • Log #8556 - by Dan Wiedrich on May 23, 2004
    This is an awesome peak! I made it to the top of the Needle from lower south colony lake twice in 3 days. The 1st day we started going toward broken hand pass under increasing cloud cover. After the...
  • Log #8555 - by Rick Hoffman on May 22, 2004
    I made this climb with my son, Mark. Just started the 14er's 2 years ago at age 50 and this was number 25 for me and 15 for him. It was a great trip on solid rock. Saw lightning by 10:30 on summit.
  • Log #8554 - by Chad on May 21, 2004
    Moonlight ascend of Ellingwood Arete... well, at least an attempt. Started climbing when the sun started going down. Hit the ledges just as the moon started sneaking behind some storm clouds.
  • Log #8553 - by Steve Gladbach on May 20, 2004
    John Hunyadi led all the pitches the Ellingwood Arete Direct for my 14th ascent of the Needle. I've climbed the 1st and second colouirs on the SW side, completed the traverse both to and from...
  • Log #8552 - by Jason Halladay on May 19, 2004
    On May 24th, 2002 we climbed the Ellingwood Arete route. Temperature never got above freezing and it snowed on us making the day a long, cold one. The major cracks and moves were filled with ice and...
  • Log #8551 - by Mike Brown on May 18, 2004
    Awesome, best 14er I have done yet! Just steep enough to really mek you concentrate.
  • Log #8549 - by Jason Cleckler on May 17, 2004
    We summited via the Ellingwood Arete which was an amazing climb. Watch out for the weather and the marmots.
  • Log #8548 - by Michael Jake on May 16, 2004
    Climbed Ellingwood Ledges (Arete) route with my friend Rob Shaw. We did the standard start up to the red tower, then scrambled up to the start of the 2 harder roped pitches. We used a topo from...
  • Log #8547 - by Jason Halladay on May 15, 2004
    Myself and two others climbed the needle via the traverse from Crestone Peak. With a high camp in Spanish Creek were we able to climb the North Buttrees of Crestone Peak, do the traverse to the...
  • Log #8546 - by Tom Crosman on May 14, 2004
    More fun in Feb. The basin by the lake is one big solar collector. Burn city. Snow cave about 12,500.
  • Log #8545 - by Mark Sokol on May 13, 2004
    My partner and I climbed the Ellingwood Arete using the direct start from North Colony lake (5.4). We started at 6am and summited at 11:15am. It was a very successfull and brilliant climb. We only...
  • Log #8544 - by Charles W. Miller Ph.D. on May 12, 2004
    Went with professional guides and a group of 3 others. The guides wee too rambunctious and left the other hikers one by one; I was by far the oldest a age 54. I think we could have made it with more...
  • Log #8543 - by ROBERT HENSHAW on May 11, 2004
    Scree on Broken Hand Pass tends to make you concerned about the route up the Needle. Route up needle very solid but if surface becomes wet can be very slippery.
  • Log #8542 - by Derrick on May 10, 2004
    Crestone knob climbing to me is the best fourteener experience. The Needle is one of the funnest climbs I've ever done. Broken Hand pass is a little frustrating, but it actually doesn't take that...
  • Log #8541 - by Henderson on May 09, 2004
    I camped out by the lakes, and it took me about 7-1/2 hours. The clouds were low, I felt bad, and I got off route quite a bit. The rock was not as solid as I would of liked, I would recommend a...
  • Log #8540 - by Dan Bowers & Peter C. Key on May 08, 2004
    Got hit by a rock. Helmets are key on Brokenhand pass.
  • Log #8539 - by leonard martinez on May 07, 2004
    It started out as a beautiful Saturday. Clear blue sky. At about 1115hrs my son, ragnar(my golden), and I decided to take an atv ride up the south colony trail and go for a little hike. To make a...
  • Log #8538 - by Dean Carpenter on May 06, 2004
    A fierce class 3 it took 8 hours from south colony trailhead and back. Made a wrong move at the big crevice had to do some class 4 to get out. Hell of a view, I love the Sangre's. Their full of great...