Peak(s):  Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,238 feet
Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Post Date:  07/12/2012
Date Climbed:   07/02/2012
Posted By:  rockchalker

 Decali - Kite Lake   

Although he had climbed Mt. Evans from Summit Lake the day before, this was to be Kody's first true Fourteener hike/climb. Kody is only 8 but is full of energy and has had his sights set on Fourteeners for several years now, wanting to follow in his dad's footsteps.

Joining us were his sisters, Reilly (16) and Kylee (12), who had both done several Fourteeners and like Kody, love hiking/climbing the trails in Colorado. Also along were friends Bill & Kay from KS, Tim from AR and Caryn from TX.

We were at the trailhead shortly after 6:30 AM and there were some cars but still plenty of room to park. Road up to Kite Lake was a fairly easy drive. Just as we started the hike we ran into fellow member "Bearclaw" and his 9 year old son, Bubba from Brighton, CO. They were great company for us all the way to the Democrat summit.

After Democrat we decided to push on to Cameron and Lincoln but had previously decided not to go on to Bross, understanding is private property but more importantly not wanting to have to navigate down the steep, scree slope. I had gone that way years ago and remembered it not being a real fun experience.

The hike to Lincoln was uneventful and everyone enjoyed the last bit of scramble up to the summit. What an unusual site to see someone with their mountain bike on top. Note sure of the route he had taken but it had to have been a challenge.

Kody did great the entire trip but did to experience a nice headache on the way down even getting a bit sick after gulping some Gatorade. We took it slow with lots of breaks and were back at the car just after noon.

What better way to spend the greater part of day than climbing a Fourteener in beautiful Colorado on a fabulous day with your kids and close friends!

View back to Kite Lake from near the saddle.

Kody at the saddle headed to Democrat

Reilly on Democrat

Kylee on Democrat

Reilly, Kylee, Dad & Kody on Democrat

Tim on Democrat

Caryn on Democrat

Me and Kody, headed to Lincoln

View to the north

Close to Lincoln, the girls run part of this section

The summit of Lincoln - some guy rode/carried his mountain bike up and back down.

Trail directly down Lincoln

Working their way down from Lincoln

Summit of Cameron

Caryn on Cameron

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  • Comments or Questions

Nice job!     07/13/2012 13:53
Good to see that you are still getting after the 14ers... and I am sure getting the family involved has made it extra fun!


more 14er's     07/13/2012 14:07
Several of us from the group you met are coming back again in September for a few more, Long's/Holy Cross/LaPlata/Shavano/Tabeguche. We finally got Belford/Oxford last year.


texans     08/16/2012 19:35
Nice to summit with your kids!


Decali Attempt     10/05/2013 01:45
Thanks for the report & pics. Hope to follow in your footsteps (and Paco's) next week.

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