| Snowy climb with family! Lin / Dem / Bro / Cam
Posting a trip months after we did it... better late than never!
My parents were in town from Norcal for a long weekend. My dad is in his mid 50s, but in good shape for an old guy! He runs a lot, and did the SF marathon last year. Also, he and my uncle (who lives in Denver) made an attempt on Aconcagua in January 2009. Unfortunately, the weather was brutal (several people died, sadly) and their group never even had the opportunity to attempt the summit on either of their two possible summit days.
My mom doesn‘t run marathons or make trips to Aconcagua, but she‘s game for anything ...
So the final group list was Holly, me, mom and dad, aunt and uncle, and cousin Meg (14 years old). We piled into uncle‘s suburban and made the trek down to the trailhead. It was a nice day, still plenty of snow!
First photo is us taking a quick break before the push to the saddle. Mostly still together at this point.
Shortly after this photo, Holly, me, and my dad left the others behind and powered straight up a little snow slope to the saddle (fun!). Note in this picture, Holly is wearing capri type pants. It‘s a good thing she brought extra socks, because her feet got wet in about 2 seconds! Capri pants NOT recommended for these conditions!
Holly was leading the way (she‘s in WAAAYY better shape than me!), then me, then my dad. Here‘s a photo of him working up from the saddle to the summit of Democrat - you can see how steep it was in parts. Snow was pretty firm, regular boots and hiking poles worked just fine. No need for crampons or an axe (wasn‘t that steep!).
Weather was overall very good, not too cold, lots of sun. Every now and then, wind would pick up sharply - check out this photo of blowing snow! Holly‘s almost to the top of Democrat there.
This is looking from Democrat towards Cameron and Lincoln.
My dad, Holly and I on summit of Democrat.
Another photo of the conditions, somewhere around Cameron‘s summit. Maybe just after it on the way to Lincoln, not 100% sure.
My dad working his way along a snowy ridge. He held up super well, especially coming from sea level.
Dad and I atop Lincoln. One more to go!!
Holly on top of Lincoln. She‘s smiling, because she‘s about to change into dry socks!! Her boots soaked up wet snow like a sponge, ha ha!
Working our way towards Bross. Starting to get a little tired, but game for one more. My dad has passed me, and not because I was feeling generous. He‘s just in better shape than me.
On top of Bross! Yay!!
Holly and my dad on top. She totally kicked our butts, and wasn‘t even breathing hard.
Little did we know the worst part was yet to come -- slipping and sliding and twisting our ankles down the scree to the base. There really weren‘t any good spots to glissade, since much of the snow was gone from the slops leading down to the lake. In hindsight, we should have tried one or two spots.
Oh, and my dad fell into part of the creek by the lake when we were almost back to the car. I walked over a snow bridge, and when he walked over it, it collapsed! Ha ha! Too bad I didn‘t have the camera handy then.
Overall it was a good hike, nice to hike with some family along.
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