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Decalibron Conditions

Postby ameristrat » Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:03 pm

I have a few friends who want to do a 14er this weekend - was looking at Tenmile / Mosquito on Saturday before the storm comes in. Anyone know what the Kite Lake TH / Decalibron conditions are like? Im pretty sure my guys have spikes so my main concern is getting to the TH. Also, I'm assuming with the lack of snow that avy danger is negligible, but if someone thinks I'm wrong, please tell me.

2nd option is Quandary or Sherman. If anyone has relevant info on those too, I won't be upset :D

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Re: Decalibron Conditions

Postby B[3] » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:10 pm

Hiked Clinton Peak today (12/5). The road to Montgomery Reservoir was dry to the trailhead (you can't drive to the mine, as the gate is closed). I didn't get a good look at the Decalibron, but Quandary looked very dry (see photo below). It started snowing just as I got back to the car this afternoon, and Quandary was socked in when I drove past it this afternoon, so it might not stay dry.
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Re: Decalibron Conditions

Postby B[3] » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:19 pm

And here's the north side of Democrat (viewed as I was heading up the 4WD road towards Clinton Peak). The lighting made it hard to get a closer shot of Democrat.
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North side of Democrat from 4WD road en route to Clinton Peak
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Re: Decalibron Conditions

Postby RyGuy » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:38 pm

ameristrat wrote:I have a few friends who want to do a 14er this weekend - was looking at Tenmile / Mosquito on Saturday before the storm comes in. Anyone know what the Kite Lake TH / Decalibron conditions are like? Im pretty sure my guys have spikes so my main concern is getting to the TH. Also, I'm assuming with the lack of snow that avy danger is negligible, but if someone thinks I'm wrong, please tell me.

2nd option is Quandary or Sherman. If anyone has relevant info on those too, I won't be upset :D

Thanks!

Teddy

Hiked it today. No issues getting to the trailhead at Kite Lake. Worth noting that the creek coming out of Kite Lake has turned into a very good skating rink. Bring the ice skates! :-)

Peaks are very dry. However there is a lot of ice on Democrat and some on small sections of the trail up Cameron to the summit. Microspikes are ok, but crampons worked FAR better given the slope. I wouldn't recommend doing Democrat without microspikes at the very least. The other 3 peaks, not too big of a deal. Just watch your step. Once I get the pics off my camera, I can upload some wide angle shots of all 4 of the peaks tomorrow.

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Re: Decalibron Conditions

Postby RyGuy » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:39 pm

B[3] wrote:And here's the north side of Lincoln (viewed as I was heading up the 4WD road towards Clinton Peak). The lighting made it hard to get a closer shot of Lincoln.

That's not Lincoln. That's Democrat's north slopes. :-)
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Re: Decalibron Conditions

Postby B[3] » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:45 am

Thanks! I realized after I posted (while I was looking at a bigger map on my TOPO! software) but was too tired to go back and change it. I'll try again:
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So little snow.
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