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 Peak(s):  Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
 Post Date:  04/26/2011
 Date Climbed:   04/23/2011
 Posted By:  sum-matt

 Earth Day on Mt. Democrat   

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Tree


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.

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windy


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

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Mt. Democrat


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.

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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.

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Paris Mill


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Neal relaxing


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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.

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Neal was the first to the summit


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Mt. Democrat summit


Thank you

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  • Comments or Questions
jameseroni


Nice report     2011-04-26 22:12:35
But I very much enjoy pork. And I would probably eat your dog in a pinch. Sorry, just telling the truth. I disagree with your view that animals should not be utilized as food. However, I agree with your view that the mountains are awesome.


DScott49


Thanks for the report     2011-04-27 07:49:22
Looks like a lot of snow up there still. Guess the snowshoes are still manadatory. As for the meat issue, I saw a bumper sticker this week that made me smile, ”Vegetarian: Indian word for terrible hunter”

Dr. Dave


chamonix


Good report     2011-04-29 07:15:08
You killer of tomatoes, murderer of zucchinis


Wally82

Great report     2011-05-02 18:37:03
Hoping to make it may 19th. Could you follow the trail? I am assuming you used snow shoes? As far as the shirt, I thought it was a back up protection in case you got stranded to remind your partner. WHATUP!


a94buff


Great report     2011-05-04 20:03:45
How far up the road were you able to get before you had to park?



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