Decalibron- Completed

A few weeks ago we attempted to do a hike set called “Decalibron” which is Democrat, Cameron, Lincon, and Bross– which is a set of 4 14ers. We were only able to get Mount Buckskin, the weather blew in before we were able to snag the rest.

We decided as a group to reattempt them this weekend- and succeeded… Well Rox and I got all 4, it was a rough day… and the winds were really strong, and cold.

 

We arrived the night before to really strong winds, and the large 4 person car camping tent we had brought to sleep in was not exactly meant for high alpine winds….I don’t think any of us slept. I was laying there at one point with the  side of the tent bent over my face from two different directions, not meant for alpine camping.

We hiked from up camp, after taking down the tent so our stuff did not fly away down the valley, arrived at the trailhead around 5AM.

The hike changed so much within the course of two weeks, most of the snow had melted, and the trail was clear almost the entire way up Democrat.

Looking back from the saddle.

Looking back from the saddle.

Looking towards what I thought was the summit....the real summit was a few hundred vertical feet behind this.

Looking towards the summit.

There it is!

There it is!

 

Our whole group on the summit of Mt. Democrat.

Our whole group on the summit of Mt. Democrat.

Mt. Democrat 14, 148' and #6 in my 30by 30

Mt. Democrat 14, 148′ and #6 in my 30by 30

We relaxed for a few minutes before descending back to the saddle to climb towards Cameron. At this point the wind had picked up, and it became more difficult to easily hike up the ridge– but I was determined- there was not a cloud!

The ridge towards cameron.

The ridge towards cameron.

 

The gusts got worse at the summit, and we all had to sit.

Shannon and I at the summit of Mt. Cameron 14, 238' # 7 in the 30 by 30.

Shannon and I at the summit of Mt. Cameron 14, 238′ # 7 in the 30 by 30.

At this point our group separated, it had gotten really windy–and the others weren’t so hellbent on summiting. I continued on with four of our party up the shoulder of Mt. Lincoln. There was some protection behind the rock wall above us, however not much, there was no reveling in the summit. We took pictures and ran back down to the saddle, and found a wind break on the ridge over towards Bross to have our lunch.

Summit of Lincoln 14, 238 and #8 in my 30 by 30.

Summit of Lincoln 14, 238 and #8 in my 30 by 30.

The other two decided that they were not interested in trying to summit Mt. Bross, and took the turn that headed back towards the trailhead. Rox and I made the choice to continue to the summit of Mt. Bross.

I made it! Mt. Bross 14, 172 and #9 in my 30by 30

I made it! Mt. Bross 14, 172 and #9 in my 30 by 30

We stayed on the sumit for about 2 minutes- then began to hike back towards the trailhead. The trail back to the cars was incredibly steep, but we made it back with good time!

oops!

oops!

Looking at Democrat.

Looking at Democrat.

It was a fantastic climb, and I had a lot of fun…and I’m now up to 9 on my 30 by 30– which is HUGE!

 

 

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Coxcomb attempt.

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I enjoyed teaching Basic Mountaineering- though it took up much of my extra time between my jobs(yes plural, ugh). I wanted to quickly put up a few photos from our final “grad climb”– we attempted Coxcomb, a beautiful 13er down … Continue reading

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Mt. Buckskin and then some.

We arrived in the evening, on Friday June 13, 2014- there was a full moon. It was windy, as our group of 5 set up camp, made dinner, and started a small fire. I was leading another Colorado Mountain Club trip, we were going to tackle Decalibron– AKA Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross- a set of 4 14ers, generally done all at once. Then a lesser known centennial 13er, called Mount Buckskin. Three of us girls were crammed into a small 3 person tent, the two guys were a bit further away. We awoke at 3:45 am, the moon was bright, and I didn’t even need my head lamp to make my coffee.

Full moon over Mount Buckskin's ridge with Mount Tweto

Full moon over Mount Buckskin’s ridge with Mount Tweto

We started up the road, and as the sun rose, began across the high alpine meadow to the steep- trail-less shoulder of Buckskin. It was a fun hike, we even included a small snow climb  on the ridge to the final summit. Probably one of my favorite , and exhausting so far this year!

Mount Buckskin

Mount Buckskin

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Group taking a break before the steep climb

Group taking a break before the steep climb

Carmen on the final climb to the summit.

Carmen on the final climb to the summit.

Our initial plan in climbing Buckskin first, was to take the ridge across to Democrat, however upon further examination, it was still covered in snow, and instead of a lovely class 2…it would have been a 3+ and required a helmet/ axe, and possibly crampons.

Ridge to Democrat

Ridge to Democrat

I was game, but nobody else was interested! (Oh, pooh pooh) It was decided we would have to hike all the way back down to the lake, before we attempted the other 4.

Accidental Black and white summit shot, I look bad ass!. Mount Buckskin 13, 865

Accidental B&W summit shot, I look bad ass!. Mount Buckskin 13, 865′

Three of us decided to take the ridge, then glissade down into the basin, and check the feasibility of a steeper ridge, the other two walked down the way we came.

Looking at Democrat from the summit.

Looking at Democrat from the summit.

Crossing the beautifully undulating ridge.

Crossing the beautifully undulating ridge.

looking back at the summit of Mount Buckskin

looking back at the summit of Mount Buckskin

After closer examination, and a rather steep glissade– it was a no go, and we headed back to the lake.

Kevin- on the first glissade, using a shovel to slow himself down.

Kevin- on the first glissade, using a shovel to slow himself down.

Looking down the second glissade.

Looking down the second glissade.

The sky was still cloudless when we met up with the other two members of our group, and we relaxed for a few moments to have a snack. Democrat loomed behind us, and we began hiking up the partially snow covered trail… postholes and all.   We made it up to the saddle between Democrat and Cameron before I saw the lovely weather that awaited us on the other side…gross, dark, cloudy, rainy, weather. We made the decision that we would try to climb the other 4 the next morning, would head back down to the camp, and go grab food at the South Park Saloon. The group arrived back at the car around 3PM, and we chilled out for a while, I was exhausted, so much so that I fell asleep with my beer, and crackers!

Tired lady.

Tired lady.

Our group piled into one vehicle and went down to the saloon to gorge ourselves on food, beer and water. The weather had caught up with us, starting out as rain, then graupple,   and finally a bonified mini-blizzard!

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10505476_10100369133934659_8201356632245044464_n We got back to camp in heavy snow, and it was decided that we would head back to Denver earlier, and go hiking locally the next day. All together it was a fun trip- despite the fact I only tagged a single peak. It was absolutely beautiful, and definitely an adventure! In a few weeks we will try again!

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