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   


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

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.

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.

Paris Mill

Neal relaxing

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

Thank you


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  • Comments or Questions

Nice report     04/27/2011 04:12
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.


Thanks for the report     04/27/2011 13:49
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


Good report     04/29/2011 13:15
You killer of tomatoes, murderer of zucchinis


Great report     05/03/2011 00:37
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!


Great report     05/05/2011 02:03
How far up the road were you able to get before you had to park?

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