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 Peak(s):  Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,238 feet
Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
 Post Date:  10/20/2009
 Date Climbed:   10/17/2009
 Posted By:  JsinDeAZ

 Snow, "The Yell", and physical brutality...   

Preface - Hit the decliabron soon. This hike was one of the funner ones I‘ve done. First time ever really traversing in a bit of snow on Democrat. Love using the axe. And I ran into a guy on the saddle who greeted me with, "Greetings Earthling." Or something to that effect. I love these mountains and the majority of the people on them! Oh, without further ado...

Hit the Kite Lake TH at 6:30. Road was completely clear. Started out on my hike. Beautiful day, not a cloud to speak of (sshhh!). Going was smooth and trail was easy to follow. But, just in case, had my full 14ers.com printout in my pocket (which I would need later). Got to the saddle between Dem/Cam. Was little spots of snow on way up. Nothing major. But, going across to Democrat, I was glad I had packed my snow axe. I used it liberally in a few spots. I gained the summit. All alone. No wind. Gorgeous.

Headed back down (axe again) and over to Cameron. This trail had a bit of snow, but no accessories needed. Cameron was clear, off to Lincoln. Lincoln had some snow up the back side. Few slick spots. Summit, a few pics. Off to Bross.

Started seeing the signs about private land. Keep singing in my head, "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. Do this, don't do that, can't ya read the sign..." Took a side trip on Bross before realizing it (consulted route map). Important to note here that I was all alone on the other summits. But, as soon as I hit Bross, 4 people. One was nice enough to snap a pick of me.

I headed down Bross intending to follow that way down which had been described as 'scree hell'. Luckily, it was snowed over pretty good. But, I didn't know the trail. Luckily, one other person must've done it prior. I followed their prints until I got to the ridge and they went over the side... I thought for all of 2 seconds then followed 'em over the side. Glad I did, was a fun decent with axe, snowy trail most of way.

Got back to Kite Lake TH. Was feelin' good so I decided to hit Quandary. Got to Quandary TH. Through the trees, trail was mostly muddy from melted snow. Once outta the treeline, snow became more prevalent. I began to feel the effects of trying to make this my fifth summit of the day. Once one the ridge, it's snowy goin' through the rocks. I thought about turning around many times. An angel appeared (a guy from CO Springs) who talked to me while I rested. He told me to put on my microspikes. He listened as I talked of death and giving up. He said the right things. I left him to his descent and I hit the summit. Snowy, cool, and breezy. I was stoked. I began my descent. I kept my microspikes on all the way to the TH. It helped on the mostly snow/ice/mud trail. Plus, they kind of acted as shock absorber for my feet which were screaming.

A great day of 11 hours of hiking, but the most physically exhausting one I've ever had. So, I loved it!!!

Looking back down toward Kite Lake TH on ascent.
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Looking up at Mt. Democrat from trail
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Looking up toward saddle between Democrat and Cameron.
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On the summit of Democrat looking back at the trail up ridge.
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"The Yell" on Mt. Democrat
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"The Yell" on Mt. Cameron
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Looking over at Lincoln from Cameron.
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"The Yell" on Mt. Lincoln
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Looking over at Lincoln from Bross/Cameron saddle.
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Looking over at Democrat from Bross/Cameron saddle.
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"The Yell" on Mt. Bross with the finger for the signs.
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The gully going down Bross
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Back at the Kite Lake TH
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The marker on Quandary Peak
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"The Yell" on Quandary
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A look back on the summit of Quandary
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And a photo from the summit of Quandary.
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Was super tired on Quandary. I would love to do the decalibron in the snow again. It was fun!!



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  • Comments or Questions (2)
hfd73

On Quandary     2009-10-21 06:51:17
were you yelling ”MY LEGS HURT!!!!!!!!!” ?


JsinDeAZ


On Quandary...     2009-10-21 08:02:22
My yell was more, ”Never again!!!!” That is, until the memory fades...



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