Ascent of Mount Democrat on 2017-08-03

Climber: Mike Wright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, August 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Democrat
    Elevation:14148 ft / 4312 m

Ascent Trip Report

Kite lake TH. Parked just below the TH. 6am start. 7am saddle. 730 summit. Hasty descent due to incoming weather. Today's forecast was 20%chance of thunderstorms after 1pm. It started early. About 1/2 way down it started snowing and thundering. Made it to saddle just as storm was blowing over. Fellow hiker noted a lightning bolt down valley. Other hikers descending from Cameron reported hair standing straight up, beards tingling with static electricity and a video shot by one of their party where static electricity could clearly be heard on video. Yikes. They were on the summit at the time. I ended up calling it after that. More clouds could be seen building in the west and winds were high, so this was likely to continue. Thunderstorms continued starting again at noon.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Very cold. Unexpected thunder snow. Threatening skies the rest of the morning.

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