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Ascent to Mount Democrat-East Ridge on 2003-08-23

Climber: Neil Smith

Others in Party:Jeffrey Winnicki (Friend)
Andy York (Friend)
Date:Saturday, August 23, 2003
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Democrat - East Ridge
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13380 ft / 4078 m
    Remaining Elevation:768 ft / 234 m (24% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

The first hike after moving to Colorado, and the first hike since my visit with Dad in 1999. The trail is a loop starting and ending at Kite Lake near Alma. The trail bags three 14ers along with an unofficial 14er peak in Mount Cameron. The beauty of this trail is that it can easily be done in a dayand provides stunning scenery! The downside of this trail is that it officially is now closed because it repeatedly crosses over private property along the peaks. Enthusiasts hope to have the trail back open this summer after negotiating a deal between the state and the landowners.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3380 ft / 1029 m
    Elevation Loss:2780 ft / 846 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class II
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Cool, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2380 ft / 725 m
    Extra Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    Trailhead:Kite Lake Trailhead  12000 ft / 3657 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1780 ft / 542 m
    Extra Gain:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    Trailhead:Bowl Shaped Valley around 12,600 ft.  12600 ft / 3840 m
    Time Down:30 Minutes



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