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ctruscotRoute Climbed: Standarad route Date Climbed: June 2001  Sucess!
First attempted in May of 2001. Much snow - used snowshoes and crampons. Decided not to go all the way to summit as energy was dying and it was getting late in day. Turned around only 20 minutes from top. No trail could be seen - we had to break trail all the way in snowshoes - 13 hours of work and quite exhausting. Never sunk in so many holes with my snowhoes. Went back in June and did a fast solo up to summit - much easier.
Posted Jun 17, 2002 10:46 am

coloradoclimberRoute Climbed: 11.2 Ellingwood Ridge Date Climbed: 6-24-00  Sucess!


Ellingwood Ridge was incredible. Good climb on solid rock. Started a little late and had to run up to the summit to avoid storms. A bad place to be caught in storm, little escape from the ridge, very tiring.

Posted May 28, 2002 5:08 pm

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Lake Creek - NW ridge Date Climbed: Aug 16 2001  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

3rd summit of Nolan's 14. Reached summit about sunset, descended into Winfield just before midnight for about 3 hours sleep before climbing Huron.
Posted May 17, 2002 4:42 pm

steve simmonsRoute Climbed: standard route from the north Date Climbed: august 17th, '01  Sucess!

steve simmons

Beautiful summit!

Praise GOD!!!!!!!
Posted Jan 3, 2002 4:30 pm

naderRoute Climbed: La Plata Gulch Trailhead Date Climbed: August 1996  Sucess!


Saw 14ers Initiative building a trail...makes it easier on the climber & the mountain!
Posted Dec 26, 2001 4:23 pm

ZekeRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 1997  Sucess!


Helped CFI on a trail building weekend. Was able to summit w/many of the AAC members. Great time Great summit
Posted Nov 28, 2001 11:52 am

tjburrRoute Climbed: La Plata Gulch Date Climbed: 08/24/2001  Sucess!


Brent Wessel and I (TJ) climbed La Plata Peak in 2 hrs 37 minutes, which was a pretty steady pace. When we started the climb at 8:18 AM, the air was a crisp 28-degrees, and there was frost on the grass. It was already starting to feel like Fall at this elevation. Along the way we saw marmots, pikas and ptarmigans. All in all, it was a beautiful day of climbing. We relaxed on the summit for over an hour enjoying the view and sunshine. I was very impressed with the good condition of the trail.

Happy Trails . . . TJ Burr

Author of "Rocky Mountain Adventure Collection."
Posted Sep 1, 2001 7:09 am

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: From Hwy 82 (Indy Pass) Date Climbed: 9/20/00  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

Beautiful hike...that ridge looks tempting.
Posted Aug 16, 2001 11:25 am

miztflipRoute Climbed: La Plata Gulch Date Climbed: August 10,2001  Sucess!


Easy hike with no route finding. What a cool view of the Ellingwood Ridge. I had the best view of the Elks Range.
Posted Aug 13, 2001 3:11 pm

climbcoloradoRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge  Sucess!


My wife and I did the Northwest ridge route, it was a nice hike but cold and windy. There has been allot of work done on the trail which made it even better.
Posted Jul 18, 2001 11:22 am

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: September 20, 2000  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

La Plata was the last of six 14ers that my friend Duane and I summitted during 6 wonderful days in September 2000. We got an early start because we needed to get on the road for home in Washington (not D.C.) immediately after the climb. It was a fantastic day to end our week-long adventure, but it was obvious from the change of weather earlier in the week that fall had arrived.
Posted Apr 27, 2001 8:24 pm

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