2005 annual SP gathering.
Climbed with Summit Post group.....ROCKS!!!
July 4 2009
Kimberly, Shaylee, Kimberly and I set off to climb Mount Democrat, Mount Cameron, and Mount Lincoln.
It was a rough night before and the evening of July 3 was very windy. The tent kept blowing down at Kite Lake which was above timberline. We had left our smaller low profile tents home because at the time we weren’t thinking of camping at Kite Lake and it was a last minute decision (and a not very good one). After several trial and error experiences keeping the tent from blowing away we finally got it anchored down good, but a big gust bent the poles and ripped the tent making it unusable. We spent a long night squished in the vehicles.
After waking up after a not-so-restful night we set off for the Cameron/Democrat Saddle. We climbed to the saddle and rested, making the trip in a fast (for a five year old) 1.5 hours. I let the kids decided if they wanted to climb Democrat or Lincoln first and they wanted to Lincoln first since it was the highest. We make the nice ridge over Cameron (which is only an “unofficial peak” because it doesn’t have enough rise over the connecting saddle to be a real peak) and over to Lincoln and reached the summit in about 3 hours from Kite Lake. It was still too early for lunch so we had a long snack.
It was somewhat cloudy to the west so we decided to forego Democrat and head down a secondary route near Mount Bross. We had at first planned to skip that summit (the opened section of the trail bypasses 100 feet below the summit), but I met a group of hikers returning from Mount Bross that explained that some of the owners of the mining claims were up there in vehicles (there is a private jeep road up there from the west side of Bross) and were granting hikers permission to summit the peak. I ran ahead to talk to them, but could see them heading back in their vehicles just before I reached the junction. We asked another of hikers if they had talked to the people in the vehicles and they said no. It was snowing lightly, but there was no sign or sound of thunder so we went over the summit of Bross and down the monotonous scree slope and back to Kite Lake. The round trip was a fast 5.5 hours Kite Lake to Kite Lake.
Lincoln was a nice climb and a pretty one, but my original thoughts on Bross remain (I had climbed the peak in February 2005). Bross is still a monotonous pile of scree with few redeeming traits. Lincoln was the highlight of the trip and other than the blown apart tent the night before, the climb was a good one.
February 19 2005
On February 18, I slept in car 3 miles from Kite Lake. It was a mild night at 19F. The climb was warm down low, cool and breezy up high and on the summit and the clouds obscured summit views.
This was an SP winter gathering and was great company and a nice trip even though the mountain is nothing but a big scree pile, at least from Kite Lake.
Climbed Lincoln, Bross, and Democrat.
Climbed as part of Lincoln, Democrat, Bross circuit
Four of us drove a 1948 Willey's(tricked out) up there via the minning roads from the SE (had to rebuild the road in a few spots). The rig started having carb problems around 13500. Good thing we had plenty of beer and cigs. Great place to park on the summit, good views. Just to many people.
This is a tough descent due to scree. There is a cool waterfall near the end.
Started at 4:00am under a full moon and completed the Decalibron: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross. What a great way to climb multiple peaks in one day!
Great day for all 3 peaks, but the wind really picked up on the way to Bross...the wind made it too miserable to stay and enjoy the views so, we headed down.
Drove up to Kite Lake and did the Decalibron route for Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross. The round trip time was about 6.5 hours. Got chased down Bross when the weather moved in, but all in all, it was a very good trip.
Last peak on the Decalibron - took about 40 min. from Lincoln. Hiked south to "South Bross" for some pictures then headed down the unpleasant west face trail.
Reached the summit about 10:10AM, very clear, blue skies, but very windy. Signed the summit log, stayed about 15 mins. Down a steep, scree-filled trail back to Kite Lake by 11:20AM. My 8th 14'er, and another beautiful morning!
4th fourteener; third of a full day. Talk about a broad summit! Reminded me of the surface of the moon or Mars (not that I've ever been there...)
The final leg of the Decalibron. There were jeeps and ATVs at the top and we were tempted to ask for a ride down. Going down the scree of Bross back to Kite Lake was both fun and a royal pain. Somehow we got sucked into a drainage and did a nice rock climb down the sides of a waterfall.
Lincoln's a nice mountain. I hate Bross--although to be fair it might have more than a little to do with Aaron and I coming down the wrong way, and having to do about 20 or 30 miles of bouldering.
It was funny, though--and memorable--that while crossing a snowfield on the way down, I fell through up to my waist, and was thrashing about more or less helplessly, when I heard a "click" behind me, followed by, "Wow, what a shot..."
I'll probably never get over it.
This was a fairly unspectacular mountain, but... it did provide a nice snow-filled gully that allowed rapid descent via glissade. Warning!! Snow up top was a little icy and it didnt take much sliding to realize I was out of control.. Great opportunity to practice self-arresting! Cheers!
After climbing Long's a few weeks ago...it seemed sick and wrong to sleep in late and bag 4 peaks with such minimal effort. Nice scenery and easy hiking don't make for solitude. Still a fun hike though.
Climbed with Mom, Dad, and little brother. Found a magnetite rock - magnets stick to it.
Descent to Kite Lake was hard on Spencer the Mountain Dog- he didn't care for the scree at all. Luckily there was stilll a fair amount of vertical feet of snow left in the gully.
Bross seems a little less exciting after Lincoln. Still, it's a good hike, probably the easiest of the three. There was even a cyclist doing this one! There was some confusion on where the actual summit was (I didn't see a marker anywhere), so I wandered around to the various rock shelters and cairns so I made sure I touched the actual summit (a method that is called "Lobdellizing"). Then it was on to Democrat.