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West Face

West Face

West Face

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.33970°N / 106.1394°W

Object Title: West Face

Route Type: Mountaineering, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Advanced Snow Climb; Extreme Ski Descent, D10

Grade: II

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Brian Kalet

Created/Edited: Aug 31, 2005 / Jan 3, 2014

Object ID: 166540

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Drive south on Highway 91 for nine miles from Interstate 70 or north for twelve miles from Leadville. 3/4 mile south of Fremont Pass is a sharp curve in the road. Park here or continue up a rough road on the right (west) side of the drainage between Mount Democrat and Mount Arkansas. At 1.75 miles and 11,520', you'll be directly in front of Mount Democrat's West Face.

West Face Ascent of Mount...
West Face Ascent of Mount Democrat June 20, 2004. Climber: Brian Kalet. Photo: Luke Kroiss.

Route Description

At the base of Democrat's West Face, cross the valley and climb up a gulley system which eventually leads to a saddle a few hundred feet north of the summit. This is a good line to ski. It never exceeds 45 degrees, but requires crossing above several cliff bands. It is rated as a D10 on the D Scale.
Mount Democrat's West Face
Mount Democrat's West Face snow route. ~45 degree snow, ~2.1 miles with ~3,000' of elevation gain.

Distance: ~2.1 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: ~3,000'

Essential Gear

Ice axe & crampons.


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