Ascent of Mount Democrat on 2017-08-03
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, August 3, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||14148 ft / 4312 m|
Ascent Trip ReportKite 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.
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| 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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