Peak(s):  Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
Date Posted:  07/06/2008
Modified:  07/09/2008
Date Climbed:   07/05/2008
Author:  BCDave

 N. Face of Mt. Democrat 5th of July ski   

5th of July assent route (image "borrowed" from BillMiddlebrook's TR: Mt. Democrat - East Slope from Kite Lake posted June 2008 - photo # 26 from Mt. Bross - thanks BillMiddlebrook) since my camera battery was dead & I only got 4 pics myself. Start at Kite Lake TH - time 6:15 AM MDT

Tim & I at the summit at 8:15 AM MDT

Our shot down the N face after a short hike down to the highest possible launch pad (Snow Rt. 3.1.14 of Dawson's Guide to CO's 14ers V.I the N. Peaks). As you can see there wasn't quite enough snow to ski the entire Nordwand gully this late in the season down the Platte Gulch but we are still very excited about the snow's support & texture. We were forced to stop just above the cliff band after an estimated ski run of 1,200' since we had to hike down from the summit to the highest possible launch pad.

Unlike the E face, this N coulier was superb corn w/ no sun cups or runnels which made for some very sweet skiing. Our first ski descent route.

Our climb back up was directly up the NE aspect which was the shortest route from the cliff band back up to the Democrat/Cameron saddle. From there we headed to our 2nd ski descent down the E slope.

Our 2nd ski descent down the bottom section of the E. face - might have been another 600' run.

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 Comments or Questions

nice work!
07/07/2008 03:58
get ya some!

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