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OnagerCrazy Weather!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2014

Onager

Made it! Started driving from Idaho Springs around 4am, hit the standard trail to La Plata Peak around 6am, followed the approach trail under overcast skies for the first 2 1/2 hours until we hit treeline at 12,000 ft. Navigated a steep gully and followed a well defined trail to the ridge near 12,500 ft. Weather obscured the summit but we pushed onward into the clouds. Around 13,000 ft. we were hit by sleet and soon after snow, with significant wind. We made a decision to keep going, and it was the right one. We made the summit at noon, snapped a few photos and got back down to the relative safety of the ridge. Backtracked down the trail and on our way down the skies opened up. The hike back out was beautiful. Made it to the car a little past 4pm. A long, wet and windy day, but the views of what we accomplished on our hike out were phenomenal! Round trip a little less than 10 miles, and 4,500 ft. of elevation gain to the summit from the trailhead.
Posted Sep 21, 2014 11:16 pm

ericdNorthwest Ridge   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2014

ericd

Missed the roadside trailhead and hiked 4 miles beyond to Sawyers gulch, uhgg! La Plata trail was nice and straightforward once on it (-8 miles of warmup exercise), includes trail steps and thoughtful switchbacks that compensate for the rocky talus above 13,000'. Quick timing FYI: 4hrs UP. No weather and half moon for descent.
Posted Sep 4, 2014 12:08 pm

BradBartickNorthwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2014

BradBartick

With Michelle. Left summit in nick of time due to T-storms.
Posted Aug 9, 2014 6:18 pm

Climbing JackQuick day on La Plata  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2010

Climbing Jack

Via the northwest slopes.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 8:49 pm

MadGrad96La Plata  Sucess!

MadGrad96

Beautiful!
Posted Nov 1, 2013 7:52 am

alpineairLa Plata Peak  Sucess!

alpineair

Winter ascent.
Posted Oct 28, 2013 10:55 am

DanielLEllingwood Ridge success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2012

DanielL

Climbed the famous Ellingwood Ridge - huge day, it felt good to get this one done!
Posted Oct 4, 2013 11:51 pm

DonnoNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 1991

Donno

With dad. We later drove to the Tetons.
Posted Aug 16, 2013 10:39 am

LadySapphiraFun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2013

LadySapphira

Great experience, excellent weather.
Posted Jul 24, 2013 11:48 am

smudgeAwesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2011

smudge

Awesome summit! Incredible setting... hope to do this one a few more times in my life... great mountain.
Posted Jun 13, 2013 11:50 pm

lapotkafirst 14er with my bro  Sucess!

lapotka

great hike
Posted Apr 23, 2013 4:44 pm

GmetzelMade it!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2005

Gmetzel

WOO!
Posted Mar 18, 2013 4:45 am

cdevenney84Day before Elbert  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012

cdevenney84

Great weekend in the Sawatch range. Saw a storm slam into Elbert around noon, lighting hitting all around it. It left the summit covered in snow. CRAZY!
Posted Jan 21, 2013 7:11 pm

Fletchbeast of a day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 31, 2012

Fletch

almost didnt make it back...
Posted Dec 28, 2012 4:37 pm

telemarkdudeNice Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 1996

telemarkdude

Cooperating weather... can't ask for more.
Posted Nov 22, 2012 2:05 pm

MissHTrail to myself  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2012

MissH

First time I never saw anyone else on my 14er trail, but did share summit with someone who went up/down a different route. Neither of us encounted anyone else. Quiet day, was very nice. Getting very cold already!
Posted Nov 7, 2012 8:57 pm

BergerFrom Winfield Side  Sucess!

Berger

Not another soul on the trail.
Posted Nov 4, 2012 7:24 pm

ajberryNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007

ajberry

With Megan and Katie, both 10. Their first 14er!
Posted Oct 27, 2012 5:29 pm

milanBeautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008
There was low clouds in the morning that looked like ocean from the summit. Only the highest tops were visible.
Posted Oct 18, 2012 6:04 pm

BLongVia Ellingwood Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012

BLong

Nice hike via Ellingwood Ridge
Posted Sep 23, 2012 3:52 pm

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