Ascent of Mount Democrat on 2017-09-03

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Sunday, September 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Mount Democrat
    Elevation:14148 ft / 4312 m

Ascent Trip Report

Karen in town and her third 14er. Daniel could not come. Spent night in Fairplay at Cabin. Got up at 4:45 but as I predicted the TH was already packed when we got there around 5:30 AM. Holiday weekend and all. Started with lamps on but sun rose quickly. Many people on the trail today. It is a very well maintained trail but once you leave the saddle to go up Democrat it is basically 700 feet more gain of all talus. Not bad talus and very little scree. Still, Karen found a way to fall 3 times. Once on the peak while taking photos. She bruised her self up good and got a nice abrasion on her ankle but still the weather was fantastic so it was a good morning hike. Perfect distance and elevation gain for a newcomer to Colorado on FL lungs. This is one of the easiest 14ers in CO since it starts so high up.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2398 ft / 730 m
    Total Elevation Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Grade/Class:1, 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
40 F start 65F Down
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2398 ft / 730 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2348 ft / 716 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Kite Lake Trail
    Start Trailhead:Near hairpin below parking  11800 ft / 3596 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km

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