Peak(s):  Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,238 feet
Date Posted:  06/01/2012
Date Climbed:   06/01/2012
Author:  WarriorCat
Additional Members:   TriGirl
 1 1/2 peaks  

We were going to do Elbert but we decided to do Cameron. We also got as close to the top of Bross as you can do legally. So I also counted that one.

We were sleeping at Kite Lake when, around 11 at night, my mom saw a 200 lb. marmot (a.k.a. black bear) in the parking lot. When it left, we heard what sounded like another bear sniffing the side of the truck. Since we were the only ones up at Kite Lake, my mom panicked and woke me. We then got a hotel room at the Riverside Inn in Fairplay. We started climbing at 8:25 the next morning.

It was a nice hike until the saddle. The higher we went, the stronger the wind got. We summited “Cameron,” But it turns out it was just a hump. On top of Cameron, We took a picture and started down. We took the Bross Bypass trail back down. The map claims it is a class 1, but it seems like class 2+ at some points, Mostly class 2, however. We got back down at 12:31. A good four hours that seems like 8 hours. This makes 10 different summits and Bross. Good for an 11 year old.

Starting out

My group

On the road

Our first snow field

Kite Lake

Me with a peak

On top of "False Cameron"

Top of Cameron

The trail down!!!

The last snowfield

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 Comments or Questions

Great Climb
06/02/2012 01:54
I always have fun climbing with you. Thank you for a super fun and adventurous trip! Love you, Mom

Barrett Cooper

Looks like a fun trip
06/02/2012 02:55
That wind can be tough, way to stick with it.


06/02/2012 04:03
I'm jealous I haven't encounter a bear like that yet. I like your pictures! When I hiked those peaks in 2007, I remember I had difficulty to find the actual summit of Cameron because it's so flat. I agree, down from Bross, the scree is pretty slippery, I'd also say class 2 but wait for the infamous scree of Columbia .


Great report
06/20/2012 21:14
Hey, my college kids are taking me hiking in August. They want to do the decalibron combo. I'm an 47 yo flatlander, do you think I'll make it? Are there pretty good places to pitch a tent at kite lake?

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