| Democrat Cornanza!
Team: BeefCake, C-Bass
Route: Standard Democrat Route
Time to Summit: 3 hours, 40 minutes
RT Mileage: 6 miles
Avy Gear?: Yes
'Twas time for C-Bass to get a ski of Democrat, so we opted for the standard route due to recent hot temps in the area. After getting permission to hit the actual summit, we were set for an easy climb on the 1st of June.
Because "Cheating" is my middle name, we brought the 4-wheeler along to blaze the first couple of miles on the Kite Lake road. Turns out that the large snowbanks near the Paris Mill - normal winter closure - were the only thing blocking a 2 mile ride up the road to more serious snow cover.
After the 5 minute ride, we were at 11,600' and 3/4 mile below Kite Lake. Skis on feet and we were off by 5:15. Why so early? Well, it was only supposed to get down to 34 degrees at 13,000' the previous night and we wanted to hit corn before it turned to slop.
Skinning near Kite Lake:
Democrat's east slope seen from approx. 12,600':
A closer look at the ascent line and snow that would suffice for a June ski:
Climb and ski line:
Plenty of snow on the summit ridge:
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Looking back at the easy ski:
What a great morning!
Hmm, if there was a tree around we could have winched it out instead of digging a 15-foot long trench (29 minutes, 2 cups of sweat, and a few more calories burned).
Still beats 4 miles of walking
With the exception of this 50-yard patch of soft snow that we had to blast through, the road was a breeze.