Route Climbed: From Kite Lake Date Climbed: 8-4-94
As is usual, this was the first of these 4 peaks we climbed that day....Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross, in that order. Beautiful hike, but certainly not alone. We chatted with many along the way, including a 7-yr-old boy on his way down who had just done his first 14er, and an older chap in his 80's who was making his annual birthday climb of this trio with the aid of a friend and a cane. We were impressed!!
We intended to do 4 14ers this day. My buddy Duane made all 4 (Sherman, Democrat, Lincoln, Bross), but I only got Sherman and Democrat. The previous week was brutal for me with 3 nights of little or no sleep, including the drive to Colorado from Washington. I had run the Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon one week earlier, which is an all-night event and involved over 17 miles of running in three legs. Then an all-night drive two days later, then this 4 days later. So my body was entirely wasted after summitting Democrat, and I watched Duane head on over to Lincoln without me. I barely made it down the mountain to the car. When I got there I layed back the seat and crashed. It was nearly dark before he finally stumbled into the parking lot, satisfied but also exhausted. Then we had to drive to Boulder! How crazy are we anyway??? ;-)