Peak(s):  Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
Date Posted:  07/03/2012
Date Climbed:   07/01/2012
Author:  Swishhh

Hit the trail head at Kite lake at 9:15. Yes a bit of a late start. A beautiful day with a chance of the afternoon thunderstorms like usual. I knew I had to hustle if I was going to have a chance at doing the loop.

Last year was my first 14ers having summitted Quandry, Greys and Torries. I trained a fair amount for this year (flat lander here) having walked or rode my bike 4 to 5 times a week (several weeks)for an hour pushing the cardio limits along the way.

I made the Dem-Cam saddle in 50 minutes. Great views! Turned up toward Dem which was quite a bit steeper. I took several rest stops and made it in 55 minutes. I don't think there is such a thing as an "easy" 14er. I was totally huffing and puffing along the way but it was well worth it. It didn't seem as difficult as last year's experiences but then again those were my first attempts. It definitely was not as long as those hikes but the moments of oxygen depravation quickly reminded me of how much "fun" I had last year.

Now to Cameron (hopefully). Descended back to saddle in about 30 minutes, then decided to go for Cameron even though the clouds were starting to form. From the saddle it took about 50 min to the summit. Similar huff and puff and need to stop and regroup along the way. By the time I got to summit the wind picked up and the clouds were getting uglier. No thunder, just some isolated streaks of showers in the distance and more, bigger, thicker clouds. The wind however really picked up in the final 10 minutes or so.

I decided to go for Lincoln even though the weather was questionable at best. I charged down and across the saddle arriving about 25 minutes later. About the time I got to the summit it was uh-oh time. The wind was really whipping and the dark clouds approaching quickly. Snow/Sleet started right as I was trying to take my obligatory pic. Btw - no one else was around. Two guys were coming off about 10 min before I got to the top. I spent all of about 3 min on top knowing I better find some cover. Still no lightening.

As I came down Lincoln I could see the long expanse and gradual saddle to Bross. I could see the guys I just saw on Lincoln off in the distance. I figured I would try to catch them as they were clearly going toward Bross rather than back up and over Cameron. I was in high gear at this point, jogging and a bit "inspired" by the weather. I caught them about halfway to Bross. By this time the ugly clouds had moved through and it was fairly nice. After talking it over with these guys, we decided to go on to summit Bross. Total time from Lincoln to Bross 55 min. Awesome views from the top. It was particularly cool to look back at the other peaks of the day.

The trail down from Bross to Kite lake was much tougher than I thought. It was almost all a steep skree field except the final mile or so where it mellows into the valley. It was quite challenging, particularly with the rubber legs I was sporting. I question whether it would have been easier to head back up Cameron (bypassing Lincoln) and come down the way I went up. It would be longer but??? Any way, I made it down in about 75 minutes. Total trip time was just over 6 hours. It was incredibly awesome. I highly recommend it although you may not want to push your luck on the weather like I did.

WATCH OUT FOR THE SPEED TRAP IN ALMA!. I found out the hard way. The city limit apparently extends at least a mile out of "town" up the dirt road toward the trail head. The entire city is 15mph limit. The cop, who looked like and acted like the cop in Rambo, apparently didn't like me much. No sense of humor at all. Nor any interest in negotiating. It is a true set up 15mph? Really? In the countryside with no houses in sight? Oh well, it was still a great day.

 Comments or Questions

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07/03/2012 23:47
The scree field on south Bross is the worst. I was just up there today and avoided that scree like the plague. I hiked dem, cam, and bross about a month ago and found those scree slides to be major PITA! Today my plan was to just hit lincoln because I had been stormed off last time. I thought the best way would be to head UP south bross to hit lincoln and then come across cameron to descend. I considered it for about 5 seconds when I arrived at the TH this morning and went straight for the nice dem-cam trail. I ascended and descended over cameron so I summited 3 times I guess

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