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wbassRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: June 18, 2005  Sucess!

wbass

What a fantastic day to climb! There were no more than a few puny (non-rain) clouds in the sky at any given time, the visibility was unbelievable, winds manageable, and the trail/snow very stable (although I'd have to say the bog is much easier to negotiate in the early AM when still frozen). The lower (12,800') saddle would appear to be a better route than continuing NNE, although the scree slope below the saddle has some pretty significant erosion from foot traffic.
Posted Jun 20, 2005 5:54 pm

Foxy Long BottomsRoute Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: 8/04  Sucess!

Foxy Long Bottoms

Another great CFI trail. I can always tell which ones they are because the trails are so nice! Gotta go back and do Ellingwood Ridge.
Posted Jun 20, 2005 1:30 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: June 11, 2005  Sucess!

sbkelley

what a great day! Snow for the last 700 feet or so made things more exciting and it definitely did not feel like summer yet. Glissading down the mountain was a rush after the snow had softened.
Posted Jun 14, 2005 3:21 pm

altitude14erRoute Climbed: Lake Creek TH Approach Date Climbed: June 5, 2005  Sucess!

altitude14er

Last 1,000ft. to summit was snow packed on this day
Posted Jun 13, 2005 7:00 pm

James CRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: May 21, 2005  Sucess!

James C

The climb seemed very long, but the summit was well worth it
Posted Jun 11, 2005 1:48 pm

ktiffany22Route Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: August 15, 2004  Sucess!

ktiffany22

Camped at the base last night, it was cold... so I was running on little sleep, but it still faired out to be a great day! Again, we were the first to summit that day!:-)
Posted May 15, 2005 11:25 pm

Brian KaletRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: August 22, 2004  Sucess!

Brian Kalet

Great day!
Posted Apr 6, 2005 5:50 pm

alpine masterRoute Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: Oct. 25 2002  Sucess!

alpine master

A lot of snow covered the trail so it was kind of hard to find the way. Several times I was postholing and moshing through waist deep snow. Didn't reach the summit until 2:30pm. The hike down sucked because the trail was frozen over. I kept falling on my ice axe. I needed crampons for traction. All in all it was a great hike.
Posted Apr 3, 2005 11:15 pm

Old IckabodRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

Old Ickabod

Solo Trip - I was looking for Huron Peak in the dark and by the time I got to Winfield I could hardly stand any more of Chaffee 390. That road haunted my 2003 climbing season. Nevertheless, I found a sweet camping spot just past the trailhead and enjoyed the night. Good weather for the whole hike. The valley was gorgeous. At the top of the steep slope I was confused for a moment and didn't know which direction to go. The peak to the West looked like La Plata, and I didn't recognize anything to the East. A quick check of the compass got me back on track and I frequently looked back to familiarize myself with the return trip. A fun hike til I met two other hikers making out on the summit. Oh well, a quick pic and I headed back down.
Posted Mar 28, 2005 9:31 pm

Colorado SusanRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 26, 2004  Sucess!

Colorado Susan

A beautiful climb.
Posted Mar 16, 2005 12:16 am

RatballsRoute Climbed: from La Plata Gulch trailhead via Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July, 2002  Sucess!

Ratballs

(hmmm, Northwest Ridge? That doesn't seem right.... maybe I should take better notes.)



I went with M**** and H****, my two then-roomies. A good, easy trail up another Sawatch hump distinguished by its backwoods feel. Poor M**** was lost in emotional pain of a long-term relationship break-up on the way up, and poor H***** was lost in the physical pain of an old knee injury on the way down. Me, I was fine, although I had to ask the obnoxious ass-wipe ahead of us who was trying has damnedest to impress the woman he was climbing with to keep his voice down. He didn't take kindly to it. Twit.



Next time I'll go by myself and do the Ellingwood Ridge.
Posted Feb 22, 2005 4:13 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: August 11, 1991  Sucess!

ColoradoScott

I had tried this route a few years earlier but got "monsooned" off well below the summit at about 10:30 a.m.
Posted Feb 1, 2005 11:41 am

hmronnowRoute Climbed: Northwest ridge Date Climbed: Jan 21 2005  Sucess!

hmronnow

Start 7am, summit 11:30, return 13:00. 6 hours, 1 candybar, no water.



Skinned from La Plata Gulch Trailhead to just above tree-line (much snow) climbed and followed ridge to summit (little snow). Strong wind, no clouds, beautifull view. Ski descent from 200ft below summit through 2 coulouirs on west-side. Too little snow above tree-line to create avalance danger.
Posted Jan 24, 2005 5:24 am

bakcastRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: Nov 99, Sept 2000

bakcast

La Plata has turned me away twice, both times due to bad weather.
Posted Nov 17, 2004 10:10 pm

NatashaRoute Climbed: La Plata Peak Trail Date Climbed: October 10, 2004  Sucess!

Natasha

Incredible day! Great weather (sunny, 30F at the summit, and no wind :), awesome views!
Posted Oct 12, 2004 3:00 pm

mr_gRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: September 30, 2000  Sucess!

mr_g

Started from the North Winfield 4WD trailhead, and made quick time to the plateau. The weather held out, and we had very nice views of the Sawatch Range. This route seemed quicker than the standard route from the north - only 6.5 hours round trip.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 8:59 am

Brad SniderRoute Climbed: Ellingwood Ridge Date Climbed: August 7, 2004  Sucess!

Brad Snider

My 10th Fourteener. Had a great time on Ellingwood, but if I ever do that climb again I'll definitely start earlier in the morning (My friend and I started at 5:30 AM, but it took us ten hours to summit). Absolutely loved it!
Posted Sep 21, 2004 9:47 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: July 1972  Sucess!

Larry V

The weather was electrifying.
Posted Sep 12, 2004 6:32 pm

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Ellingwood ridge Date Climbed: July 1, 2004  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

A long, challenging, seldom traveled route. I saw no trail, no cairns, and no footprints during my 5-6 hours on the ridge. photos.
Posted Aug 26, 2004 7:58 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Ellingwood Ridge Date Climbed: August 16, 2004  Sucess!

RyanS

Ellingwood Ridge is sweet ! If you're looking for six hours of scrambling on a great ridge, this is it!
Posted Aug 16, 2004 5:26 pm

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