| Democrat‘s North Coulier
2 1/2hrs of sleep is not enough. Leaving Greeley at 1:45a in the morning for this trip was absouly murderous. Thanks to copious amounts of caffeine and a 7-11 breakfast, I felt ready to make the drive to the Montgomery Reservoir trail head to climb a couple more mountains.
I arrived at the trail head at about 4:30, and started up the 4wd road as Roach describes in the Fourteener book, but only got about a quarter mile up before I was confronted by a section of road that paralleled the first "Jaws" on the Lake Como road. So I suited up and started walking. Following the road through Platte Gulch was quite enjoyable and secluded. As I rounded the bend and got my first look at Democrat, left the road and began bush waking my way to the base of the mountain. In Roach's book, he describes one of the obvious couliers evident in Platte Gulch, the North West Coulier, and the North Slopes route. I elected not to climb the Coulier mentioned by Roach.
My route is in RED
Roaches North West Coulier and North Slopes route are in GREEN
Overall, the climb was physically more taxing than I had anticipated. Once on the summit of Democrat, I began hiking to Cameron, and found myself very exhausted. Once on the summit of Cameron, I boiled water for a Cup of Soup and had to force myself to eat it. I can't recall ever feeling sick on a mountain, but on top of Cameron was different. I think I just pushed myself to hard first thing in the morning and don't eat enough up to this point to maintain my energy and hence just pooped out and felt lousy. Fortunately no puking, but overall, I wasn't as strong as usual.
Once on top of Lincoln, I began to decent the Lincoln Amphitheater. This proved to be miserable. I got a fun and long glissade to start my decent, but the snow soon turned to rocks. Nothing but scree and boulders for the rest of the decent.
Fortunately, this route put me exactly over the mine where I had parked my car.
I concluded my hike by crossing the stream and water logging my boots in humble misery. Overall, the hike was fantastic, just not as enjoyable by the end as I would have hoped for.
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