Ascent of Mount Democrat on 2018-08-18

Climber: Kevin Sypal

Date:Saturday, August 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Mount Democrat
    Elevation:13543 ft / 4127 m

Ascent Trip Report

2018 Hiking trip with Pat Greff, Jon Jonson and Jon Hawthorne. Stayed at the MOFOCOHO in Dillon, CO. Attempted to hike DeCaLiBron (Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross). 4x14er’s loop starting at Kite Lake Trailhead (off of rd8 in Alma,CO). Arrived 15 min late at the trailhead at 6:45am. Chance of thunderstorms was over 55%. Sky’s looked clear when we started hiking at 7am. About 30 minutes in the clouds started rolling in over Democrat. We had decided earlier in the morning that if the weather looked bad that our goal would be to make it up Democrat only then head back to the vehicle. After talking to many descending hikers and looking at the radar we decided to stop at the saddle between going left to Democrat or right to Cameron. I did hike up another 150 feet up Democrat to over 13,500’ elevation but the wind and clouds were too bad to proceed. We decided to descend and it did rain on us. In the end we didn’t Summit any mountains we had planned but it was a smart move to head back due to bad weather. Made it back to the vehicle by 9:15am.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5.1 km
Descent Statistics

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