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四度攀登科羅拉多14ers--The Decalibron( Mounts Democrat、 Cameron、Lincoln and Bross) –2019.09.21

On the way up to Mount Lincoln (5)
Mount Lincoln


美國將本土(48)14,000(4,267公尺)以上的高山稱為Fourteeners (14ers),但是要正式列入14ers的排名有一個原則~~兩座以上相比鄰的山峰如果都高於14,000(4,267公尺),則兩山間之鞍部必須深於300( 91.4公尺)才都得以列入排名,否則較低的一座山就不列入;根據此一原則,科羅拉多州雖然有 58 14,000呎以上的高山,但正式列入14ers排名的祇有53座,分佈在六個不同的山脈。這些高山使科羅拉多成為世界上登山者之天堂,跟台灣的登山客追求百岳一樣,這兒的登山客把爬完14ers視為一種驕傲。
5314ers中有三座距丹佛不遠,分布在Mosquito Range14ers-- Mount DemocratMount Lincoln Mount Bross這三座山由於是同屬一山塊,相距都不遠,如採“O”形連走全程約13.3公里,中途又經過一座未正式列入14ers Mount Cameron,則一天之內可同時爬完四座14,000( 4,267公尺 )以上的高山,真如老美所說的“A great deal !”這四座高山登山界稱之為“The Decalibron”,The Decalibron我已走過三趟,上週幾位山有約集攀登此山塊,所以有了四度攀登的機會。

上週六(21)早晨05:00我們在MorrisonPark n Ride會合後,搭乘阿才的車前往登山口。

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攀登山岳

Mount Democrat:海拔14,148 / 4,312公尺

Mount Cameron:海拔14,238 / 4,340公尺

Mount Lincoln:海拔14,286 / 4,354公尺

Mount Bross:海拔14,172 / 4,320公尺

登山里程8.27/13.3公里

總爬高度3,793/1,156公尺

登山時間11小時14

登山人員Tony、阿才、姜官祥、王冰、趙薇、陳基滿-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

行車資訊:

MorrisonPark n RideCO 470南行轉US 285Fairplay西南行,US 285行約67.2哩抵Fairplay後右轉CO 9公路往Alma西北行,行約6.0哩抵AlmaCounty Road 8 (Buckskin St)向左轉,一路沿County Road 8行約5.5哩於06:45 抵達Kite Lake Trailhead停車場(每部車停車費美金3)

步程簡述

07:05 登山口出發,海拔11,972/3,649公尺;
Kite Lake Trailhead (4)
Kite Lake Trailhead 


從登山口越過Kite lake的出水口,穿越露營區後便開始沿之字形小徑上坡;
Looking down at Kite Lake from the way up to Mount Democrat (1)
Kite Lake & camping site



此時回頭往下看,Kite lake菱形的湖面,蜿蜒的車道,正如一幅大風箏躺在大地上,難怪稱之為Kite lake


Looking down at Kite Lake from the way up to Mount Democrat (4)
Looking down at Kite Lake from the way up to Mount Democrat (6)
Looking down at Kite Lake from the way up to Mount Democrat


07:38 步道旁一類似礦區遺址,海拔12,408/3,782公尺,距登山口約0.62/1.0公里。


On the way up to Mount Democrat (9)
Passing the Kentucky Belle Mine near 12,408 ft.


07:48 抵達草地頂端小平台,海拔12,562/3,829公尺,距登山口約0.81/1.3公里;
On the way up to Mount Democrat (11)
On the way up to Mount Democrat


接下來是岩石坡,沿著岩石坡明顯小徑上行。


On the way up to Mount Democrat (6)
On the way up to Mount Democrat


08:07 抵達鞍部下一小平台地,海拔12,753/3,887公尺,距登山口約1.0/1.6公里;仰望通往鞍部的岩石坡是一路字形往上盤升,看似短短的一段路,走來還不輕鬆。


On the way up to Mount Democrat (22)
On the way up to Mount Democrat (21)
On the way up to Mount Democrat
On the way up to Mount Democrat (28)
On the way up to Mount Democrat



09:15 登上Mount Democrat Mount Cameron 間的鞍部,海拔13,386/4,080公尺,距登山口約1.62/2.6公里;
On the way up to Mount Democrat (34)
 The saddle between Democrat & Cameron
Taken at the Mount Democrat - Cameron saddle (16)
Taken at the Mount Democrat - Cameron saddle (9)
Taken at the Mount Democrat - Cameron saddle
Looking north at mountains from Mount Democrat-Cameron saddle 1-1
Looking north at mountains from Mount Democrat-Cameron saddle


鞍部邊有一個礦坑遺址,類似此遺址此地區到處都是,因為這地區有好多廢棄的礦區,也因為如此,事實上此四座山的地主一度不同意開放此山區,因為地主怕登山客誤入危險礦區,導致廢棄坑道崩陷而發生意外,後經14ers有關單位與地主溝通後才同意開放部分路段供登山客通行。


Old mine building at the saddle between Democrat & Cameron
Old mine building at the saddle between Democrat & Cameron


小休後沿Mount Democrat東北稜的南坡面爬升。

09:28 步道轉到Mount Democrat東北稜稜線上岩石坡沿稜爬升,海拔13,514/4,119公尺,距登山口約1.8/2.9公里。

09:34 步道脫離稜線左切回Mount Democrat東北稜的南坡面爬升,海拔13,583/4,140公尺;
On the way up to Mount Democrat (36)
On the way up to Mount Democrat


此後路段陡峭又易滑動,上山還好,下山可得小心了!


On the way up to Mount Democrat (37)
On the way up to Mount Democrat
Looking norsteast at mountains from Mount Democrat's southeast ridge 5
Looking northeast at mountains from Mount Democrat's southeast ridge


10:18 登上Mount Democrat東南方假山頭,海拔13,947/4,251公尺,距登山口約2.1/3.4公里,Democrat真正山頂在西邊不遠處,在此望去山頂上登山客還不少;
Looking northwest at Democrat's summit from It's false summit (1)
Looking northwest at Democrat's summit from It's false summit
Looking southwest at mountains from Mount Democrat false summit 1_副本
Looking southwest at mountains from Mount Democrat false summit


左側稜尾有一處Kite Lake展望點,下山再前往,先取西往Mount Democrat山頂前進。


Looking east at Mountains from Mount Democrat's southeast ridge_副本
Looking east at Mountains from Mount Democrat's southeast ridge near the summit
Looking northeast at mountains from Mount Democrat's summit_副本
Looking northeast at mountains from Mount Democrat's southeast ridge near the summit


10:43 登頂Mount Democrat,海拔14,148 / 4,312公尺(GPS顯示14,140 / 4,310公尺),距登山口約2.36/3.8公里;
Taken at Mount Democrat's summit (4)
Taken at Mount Democrat's summit (30)
Taken at Mount Democrat's summit



山頂展望奇佳,四邊遠眺計有近二十座14ers盡收眼底。


Looking west at Mountain from Mount Democrat's summit 2_副本
Looking west at Mountain from Mount Democrat's summit
Looking north at mountains from Mount Democrat's summit_副本
Looking north at mountains from Mount Democrat's summit
Looking down CO 91 Hwy from Mount Democrat's summit
Looking down CO 91 Hwy from Mount Democrat's summit
Mountains view  from Mount Democrat's summit (2)
Mountains view  from Mount Democrat's summit



我們在山頂拍照休息後循原路下山。



11:08 返抵Mount Democrat東南方假山頭,先取東南行到稜尾展望點俯瞰Kite Lake

11:10 抵達Kite Lake viewpoint,海拔13,953 / 4,253公尺,在此是俯瞰Kite Lake最佳位置;
Looking down at Kite Lake from Kite Lake viewpoint (4)
Looking down at Kite Lake from Kite Lake viewpoint (2)
Looking down at Kite Lake from Kite Lake viewpoint
Taken at the Kite Lake viewpoint (Mount Democrat false summit) (10)
Taken at the Kite Lake viewpoint (Mount Democrat false summit)


小休一下後回到假山頭岔路取右下山,下山路段陡峭又易滑動,小心下行。

11:49 下抵Mount Democrat Mount Cameron 間的鞍部,在此休息午餐。

12:18 續行,沿Mount Cameron西南稜南面坡上行。


Looking southwest at Mount Democrat from Mount Cameron's southwest ridge 1
Looking southwest at Mount Democrat from Mount Cameron's southwest ridge
Looking down at Kite Lake from  Mount Cameron's southwest ridge (11)
Looking down at Kite Lake from  Mount Cameron's southwest ridge (16)
Looking down at Kite Lake from  Mount Cameron's southwest ridge



13:03 登上Mount Cameron西南稜稜線,海拔13,625 / 4,153公尺,距登山口約3.73/6.0公里;此後沿西南稜稜線上行。


On the way up to Mount Cameron (3)
On the way up to Mount Cameron


13:21 抵達Mount Cameron山頂稜線西南端下一稜線缺口,海拔13,871 / 4,228公尺,再行40公尺登上Mount Cameron西南稜稜線行一段路後及取左在Mount Cameron山頂稜線下北面坡腰繞往山頂東北行。


On the way up to Mount Cameron (20)
On the way up to Mount Cameron
On the way up to Mount Cameron (7)
On the way up to Mount Cameron
Looking down Wheeler Lake from Mount Cameron's southwest ridge  (2)
Looking down Wheeler Lake from Mount Cameron's southwest ridge


13:53 登頂Mount Cameron,海拔14,238 / 4,340公尺(GPS顯示14,196 / 4,327公尺),距登山口約4.29/6.9公里;
Taken at Mount Cameron's summit (5)
Taken at Mount Cameron's summit (15)
Taken at Mount Cameron's summit



Mount Cameron山頂是一寬平的廣場,還真看不出是一處山頂,此山海拔雖超過14,000呎,但因與Mount Lincoln間的鞍部未超過300呎所以未名列正式的14ers名單中;在山頂拍照後續朝東北往Mount Lincoln前進。


On the way up to Mount Lincoln (2)
On the way up to Mount Lincoln


14:10 下抵Mount CameronMount Lincoln間鞍部岔路,海拔14,065 / 4,287公尺,距登山口約4.54/7.3公里;右岔腰繞Mount Cameron東側山腰往Mount Bross,直行往Mount Lincoln,取直行先攀登Mount Lincoln


On the way up to Mount Lincoln (24)
On the way up to Mount Lincoln (33)
On the way up to Mount Lincoln



14:25 登上Mount Lincoln前山頭,海拔14,220 / 4,334公尺,距登山口約4.72/7.6公里;
On the way up to Mount Lincoln (41)
On the way up to Mount Lincoln 


續往東北方Mount Lincoln前行。

14:35 登頂Mount Lincoln,海拔14,286 / 4,354公尺(GPS顯示14,282 / 4,353公尺),距登山口約4.9/7.9公里;
Taken at Mount Lincoln's summit (4)
Taken at Mount Lincoln's summit (32)
Taken at Mount Lincoln's summit


Mount Lincoln山頂有兩個Benchmark銅標,山頂展望很好,拍照休息後續循原路下山前往Mount Bross


Mount Lincoln's summit benchmark (5)
Mount Lincoln's summit benchmark (1)
Mount Lincoln's summit benchmark
Taken at Mount Lincoln's summit (25)
Taken at Mount Lincoln's summit



15:04 回到Mount CameronMount Lincoln間鞍部Mount Bross岔路,取左岔腰繞Mount Cameron東側山腰往Mount Bross南行。

15:22 抵達Mount CameronMount Bross 間鞍部最低鞍,海拔13,881 / 4,231公尺,距登山口約5.78/9.3公里。

15:35 抵一處岔路,右岔為登山步道,左直行為Jeep車道,取左沿車道上Mount Bross山頂。

15:56 登頂Mount Bross,海拔14,172 / 4,320公尺,距登山口約6.46/10.4公里;
Taken at Mount Bross' summit (6)
Taken at Mount Bross' summit (24)
Taken at Mount Bross' summit


山頂風大,拍照後快速下山。


Looking northwest at Mount Democrat、Cameron & Lincoln from Mount Bross_副本
Looking northwest at Mount Democrat、Cameron & Lincoln from Mount Bross



16:07 下山,由山頂南行十幾公尺隨即右下切,步道在Mount Bross的西面坡朝西南下行,坡陡、細石礫路面很滑,小心下行,很容易滑倒。


On the way down from Mount Bross (2)
On the way down from Mount Bross


16:18 下抵一岔路,右岔係15:35所遇岔路來接,取左岔下山,海拔13,986 / 4,263公尺,距登山口約6.65/10.7公里;路況如同前半段,陡峭、易滑,行來特別小心。


On the way down from Mount Bross (7)
On the way down from Mount Bross


16:41 步道切到Mount Bross西南稜稜線,海拔13,589 / 4,142公尺,距登山口約7.02/11.3公里;
On the way down from Mount Bross (10)
On the way down from Mount Bross 


右轉沿稜線下行,稜線很窄,曝露感十足,小心下行。

16:45 左側一岔路痕跡,海拔13,517 / 4,120公尺,岔路很陡,岔路口以石頭擋住,取直沿Mount Bross西南稜下行。

16:53 又抵一處左岔路,海拔13,389 / 4,081公尺,距登山口約7.08/11.4公里;前面一群山友和Tony皆取直線沿Mount Bross西南稜下行,但根據記錄稜線危險難走,Alltrails的航跡大部分取左切下凹谷,再沿左側另一支稜的北側山腰下山,我前三次登此山也都走該路線,為顧及山友安全我決定取左切走較有把握的路線。

17:05 下抵谷地,海拔13,215 / 4,028公尺,在此轉到另一支稜的北側山腰朝西南下行。

17:51 右切捷徑,海拔12,487 / 3,806公尺,距登山口約7.7/12.4公里。

18:04 接回正確步道取右下行。

18:15 返抵登山口,全員到齊後開車返回丹佛。



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