Ascent of Mount Democrat on 2014-09-25

Climber: Rob Anthony

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, September 25, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Mount Democrat
    Elevation:14148 ft / 4312 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the saddle with Cameron, I headed up the North East Ridge of Democrat, continuing on the Decalibron trail. The trail at this point is up a blocky scree slope which is very well flagged. I did end up getting off trail at one point, making this into a legitimate class 2 scramble for me. After about 0.4 miles, a ridge is gained from which you head east to obtain the obvious and true summit of Democrat.

Like Lincoln, Democrat is another distinct summit with spectacular views of the Sawatch range, Mount Lincoln, Quandary and parts of the Front Range. The summit is littered with cool crystals of Molybdenum (?), and to the north one of the largest Moly mines in the US is clearly visible. I again, lingered on the summit and soaked in the fantastic views and weather.

To descend back to Kite Lack, I retraced my steps North on the Decalibron trail to the saddle before dropping down the final stretch. The descent is a rocky class 2- with a much more distinct trail then the ascent up Mt. Bross. In about an hour after leaving the summit of Democrat, I was back at the Kite Lake parking lot.

The weather was perfect today with virtually no clouds until a few dark ones started showing up as I was making my final descent. This late in the season and in the middle of the week allowed the climbs to be done both cloud-free and snow free. There were ~10 parties on the entire loop today, despite perfect weather!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:748 ft / 227 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2156 ft / 657 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:748 ft / 227 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Decalibron trail (CCW)
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between Democrat and Cameron   13400 ft / 4084 m
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2156 ft / 657 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Decalibron trail (CCW)
    End Trailhead:Kite Lake Parking Lot  11992 ft / 3655 m
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Calibron

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Bross2014-09-252200 ft / 671 m
2Mount Lincoln2014-09-25596 ft / 182 m
3Mount Democrat2014-09-25748 ft / 228 m
Total Trip Gain: 3544 ft / 1081 m    Total Trip Loss: 3544 ft / 1080 m

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