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Peak(s):  Mt. Democrat  -  14,154 feet
Mt. Lincoln  -  14,293 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,248 feet
Date Posted:  09/26/2021
Date Climbed:   09/04/2021
Author:  DhruvNambiar
 Decalibron Loop   

Hello! My name is Dhruv Nambiar. For some context, a few months ago I started a GoFundMe to help combat the COVID-19 crisis in India. As part of the fundraiser, for every 500 dollars raised I would hike one of Colorado's 14ers. We ended up raising over 5000 dollars, and this route is the 8,9, and 10th hikes I will be doing.

We arrived at the trailhead at 4:00. The road is relatively easy to navigate, obviously not as nice as a paved highway but definitely not something unnavigable. We arrived with a much larger group, with different people going on various routes around the loop. The group I went with decided to do a sort of reverse Decalibron, starting up the Bross trail, up to the Bross-Cameron saddle, then traversing over to Lincoln, before finishing the loop with Cameron and Democrat.

The hike up to Bross wasn't overly grueling, but the wind once you reach the ridgeline gets quite intense. Near the top of Bross, as we moved to the saddle, it got so bad that I basically had to walk sideways, facing away from the wind so I could breathe properly. It died out as we reached the Lincoln area, however.

We summitted Lincoln at around 8:00. While this pace was quite slow, we took a lot of stops to enjoy the views and relax, which made the hike more enjoyable as a whole. The Lincoln summit was (relatively) peaceful, as the wind was not nearly as strong there compared to the other peaks. Going from Lincoln to Cameron is also a very short hike, we did it in around 20-30 minutes.

The hike up Democrat is a bit slower, with quite a bit more elevation gain than the others, but nothing to get overly worried about. All in all, the hike was a wonderful experience, with great views, and I definitely recommend it.

I think that this hike is a great way to pack a whole lot of 14er in one day, and I'm grateful to be able to do it. I think this experience, as a whole, was really great for me to have. I'm incredibly grateful to all the supporters of the cause, and I hope that in the future I'll continue to hike Colorado's greatest peaks.

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