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Ascent of Mount Democrat on 2012-06-16

Climber: Bo Saunders

Others in Party:Paul Cruz
Whitney Drucker
Nate Neyman
Delia Valentine
Sam Mondlick
Date:Saturday, June 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Democrat
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14148 ft / 4312 m

Ascent Trip Report

This trip was a lot longer and tougher than anticipated. Gerry Roach pegs this at a 7 mile loop, so I was thinking 3 hours, maybe 4. It took almost 8. We had a pretty mixed bag of hikers - as far as ability. Nate ate Wendy's before. Sam had jeans on (he cut them off into shorts on the way up Mt. Lincoln). I was concerned that some folks might not know what they were getting into. Delia and Nate struggled early. Paul and I set the pace. Whitney wasn't too far behind us. There are a lot of trails up there and we took a wrong turn somewhere - ended up at Lake Emma, which was definitely way off course. We veered back and ended up taking on the Southeast Ridge, which involved some scrambling and loose rock, instead of approaching directly from the east, as Roach instructs. Wasn't difficult, it was just a little tricky at times and steeper than the alternative. I think we just took the wrong trail from the trailhead. Paul had to peel back and stick with Delia. I kept chugging and was on Democrat almost 30 minutes before Whitney arrived. Next person up, surprisingly, was Nate. Next I descended into the saddle and it was a tough, long climb up Cameron - but beautiful views on the ridge. Cameron is flat (most do not classify this as an independent mountain) and it was incredibly windy. It was a short hike over to Lincoln - liked this summit the best. Next was a long, but easy walk over to Bross. Coming down was a long slog. It was steep, loose, and difficult, but forgiving.
Route: Kite Lake Trailhead
Start: 8:15am
Summit Democrat: 11:05am
Depart Democrat: 11:35am
Depart Saddle: 12:15pm
Summit Cameron: ????
Summit Lincoln: 1:50pm
Summit Bross: 2:33pm
Finish: 4:01pm
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3600 ft / 1097 m
    Elevation Loss:3600 ft / 1097 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3600 ft / 1097 m
    Extra Loss:1452 ft / 442 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Decalibron
    Trailhead:Kite Lake Trailhead  12000 ft / 3657 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2148 ft / 655 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Decalibron
    Trailhead:Kite Lake Trailhead  12000 ft / 3657 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 26 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Decalibron

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Democrat2012-06-16
2Mount Cameron2012-06-16
3Mount Lincoln2012-06-16
4Mount Bross2012-06-16



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