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Mt. Democrat: West Face

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A more technical route down a classic Colorado 14er.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

Ski Line

14,139' 4,310 m

High

11,558' 3,523 m

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0' 0 m

Up

2,581' 787 m

Down

45%

Avg Slope (24°)

109%

Max Slope (48°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

From the top of Democrat, there are several descent options.

Need to Know

Be prepared for route finding and variable snow.

Description

For this route, we skied south off the summit to the first major chute and descended that. The top part of the chute is a consistent angle that's not too steep which allows a few open turns before it starts to choke more.

After the chute becomes narrower is when the route-finding begins. I strongly recommend hiking up the same way that you plan on descending, because that will help with finding the safest way down. We had to traverse away from the boot-pack at one point to avoid an ice waterfall that we climbed on the ascent.

Once you get to the bottom, it's relatively quick to ski down the road back to Fremont Pass.

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Shared By:

Jacob Winey

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#30

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#629

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View from the top of Democrat.
Apr 11, 2016 near Leadville, CO

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