What better way to spend Earth Day then climbing a 14er. Knowing that Neal and myself were planning on climbing Mt. Democrat this weekend, three weeks ago I decided to hike to Kite like and scout it out.
On the scouting hike we had 50 mile an hour winds, other then that it was a beautiful day. Crystal blue skies and I was able to scout the route I wanted to climb. I also got a great view of Mt. Cameron and Mt. Lincoln
Standing above Kite Lake I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed. Realizing how special of place that area is. Being surrounded by so many 14ers, I have a great appreciation that there are very few places in the world where you can stand right in front of three 14ers (4 including Mt. Bross) and knowing that there are several more within a few miles.
Mt. Cameron and the saddle to Mt. Lincoln
Neal and myself got to Paris Mill around 6:00 a.m. We had a great hike to Kite Lake. We got above Kite lake and couldn’t see the mountain in front of us. There was no wind but it was snowing and we had low cloud coverage. It didn’t matter we couldn’t see the mountain because we are just going straight up, no other to reach the top.
Neal and fresh powder
After some great talks with Neal and a couple of spiritual experiences we reached the summit. There is no better feeling. You realize why you put yourself through all of that pain and then you remember your day is only half done. Now you get to climb right back the way you came up.
Neal was the first to the summit
Mt. Democrat summit