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black Mt. Democrat, West Face

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1.1 mile 1.7 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -2,581' -787 m
High: 14,139' 4,310 m
Low: 11,558' 3,523 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 45% (24°)
Max Slope: 109% (48°)
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Trail shared by Jacob Winey

Avalanche risk for Apr 30, 2019: Moderate

Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern. Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.

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A more technical route down a classic Colorado 14er.

Jacob Winey
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

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Be prepared for route finding and variable snow.

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