For our third day in a row, we decided to head back to the Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross area. I had been down there a week ago climbing what ended up just being Bross, and had enjoyed the area and access. We were able to drive about a mile further than last week. Now only a half mile short of the Sweet Home Mine (1.5 miles from Kite Lake). It was another breezy day, but there's not much one can do to change the weather, so we prepared for a second beating.
Skinning up the road On the positive side, the wind and scattered snow showers provided a break from the sun which had cooked us for the last two days. Still we got more sunburned this day than our bluebird on Castle?!! Digression. At Kite lake we decided on a modest goal, of climbing just Lincoln-Democrat, if weather allowed.
Passing Kite Lake. False summit of Democrat on the left. Point Cameron on the right. At a brief stop halfway to the Dem-Cam saddle I watched one of the most amazing glissades of my life. I initiated the glissade by setting my bag of gummy bears on a 5 degree incline. The bag was able to get moving on the sun glazed, wind buffed snow surface and quickly gained speed over a convexity. The gummies took direct aim at Tim who was still skinning up, he missed the grab and the bears sent a full 300' glissade. Once upon the saddle I determined the weather was going to cooperate, futhermore the only logical way to climb the whole group is to start on on end. So I headed up Democrat.
Top of Democrat looking towards the Backbone of the Continent, the Sawatch range
Perfect view of Mt Massive I had gained some ground on Tim and met back up with him along the Dem-ridge. I decided to go ahead and try for Lincoln, he would climb Democrat and meet me on Cameron, then we would both head on to Bross. I then started up the ridge towards Cameron.
Slightly washed out picture. The S-gully on Bross, what would become our decent route. Worked my way up Cameron and over to Lincoln.
Quandry's looking good, with the Gore Range in the background
Tim met up with me at the Cameron-Bross saddle and we headed for the last leg of the climb.
Lincoln looking a little bare
Looking back to Democrat and the endless mtns
Lincoln (left, Tim (center) Quandy (right)We followed the road to the top, like the old miners must have
Bross, a big-pile-o-rocks, and found the biggest pile of rocks on the mile long flat summit.
sleeping shelter or summit cairn? summit photoWe were both ready to get off the mountain, and headed (on the trail) to the S-gully.
skiing the shaded S-gully I had skied it a week before and altough it is pretty mellow, its length and unique character once again made it fun. I detoured to grab my gummy bears and then we were headed out to the car. Overall, I spent about 4 hours above 14,000' and for this reason alone the Decalibron is an awesome destination. Add to that fun skiing and panaoramic Rocky Mountain vies, and you have another classic day climbing 14ers.
The ski out was very quick, and taking in some Bristlecone Pines I wrapped up day 3.
gaining some Bristlecone perspective
Atleast the miners didn't cut this one down. An ancient tree in perfect light.Luckily this had earned us a day off. We will be back on the 7th for Grays and Torreys.
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