La Plata Peak Climber's Log

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dp

dp - Sep 18, 2005 10:48 pm

Route Climbed: NW ridge Date Climbed: Sept. 18,2005  Sucess!

A beautiful day, with clear sunny skies (and I left my camera in the car!!). Summitted with Spencer the dog, who had quite a bit of trouble with the talus on the descent- I had to help and coax him the whole way down until the rocks turned back to dirt trail, even though it was his 8th 14'er (my 17th, not counting repeats and alternate routes). Class 1's for him in the future, I think.

km_donovan

km_donovan - Sep 16, 2005 11:14 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2002

Route Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 2, 2002  Sucess!

Started up late on the previous day and was turned back by snow/rain. Summited easily the next day.

Andinistaloco

Andinistaloco - Sep 14, 2005 1:35 am

Route Climbed: standard, mostly Date Climbed: winter/spring 2001  Sucess!

Good, but cold climb. Grey and chilly day; heard an avalanche which sounded like it came off Ellingwood ridge while on the way down.....

Mike Mc

Mike Mc - Aug 28, 2005 10:20 pm

Route Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: October 5, 2004  Sucess!

There was about 12-18 in. of snow at summit, and quite muddy in the valley below.

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Aug 23, 2005 5:50 pm

Route Climbed: southwest ridge Date Climbed: Aug 14 '05  Sucess!

Nice hike, a little muddy in spots.

mdavenport2

mdavenport2 - Aug 9, 2005 6:56 pm

Route Climbed: Southwest slopes from Winfield Date Climbed: August 6, 2005  Sucess!

5 of us climbed. 4 made the summit. The basin below La Plata on this route is stunning. Fabulous views of Huron and the Three Apostles to the south. Great day, great climb, great friends.

404notfound - Aug 1, 2005 10:26 am

Route Climbed: Standard Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 30, 2005  Sucess!

Great first summit of the year! One small section of trail still under snow, but can easily be avoided with some easy boulder hopping. Snow was very firm early in the day, so we went straight up with our Yax Trax.

KirkMiller - Jul 30, 2005 4:36 am

Route Climbed: southwest Date Climbed: July 23, 2005  Sucess!

my first 14er! not in shape for climb. total 7.5 hours. my legs were spaghetti. worth it though great views!

haytraci

haytraci - Jul 28, 2005 7:10 pm

Route Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 10, 2005  Sucess!

Had to sit out an afternoon storm during this one...even though it was to be expected. Witnessed the most beautiful sunset and alpenglow on the way down. Worth the fear experienced when lightening struck nearby as we were just above treeline.

climber46

climber46 - Jul 19, 2005 9:12 pm

Route Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: Sept 12, 2004  Sucess!

This hike has some of the best scenery Colorado has to offer. The aspens were arrayed in a golden robe. A jagged peak rises above the end of the valley the trail follows early on. The view of Ellingwood ridge was also great. And they we saw some Mtn. Goats in the distance. The weather was less than ideal, and I considered turning back, but my friend who has been on many 14ers, convinced me to summit. Due to a lack of acclimatization, this hike was actually more difficult for me than Longs Peak.

seswanso - Jul 18, 2005 11:27 am

Route Climbed: Standard NW Ridge Date Climbed: July 7, 2005  Sucess!

The PERFECT day for the first summit of the summer. Not a cloud in the sky and barely a breeze on the summit. Loved this hike!

CWFry

CWFry - Jul 15, 2005 4:46 pm

Route Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!

Beautiful peak, one of my favorites.

doumall

doumall - Jul 13, 2005 2:34 pm

Route Climbed: SW Slopes Date Climbed: May, 23 2004  Sucess!

8th 14er!

jonpierre

jonpierre - Jul 11, 2005 9:28 pm

Route Climbed: northwest ridge + ski descent of north face Date Climbed: 7/9/2005  Sucess!

left around 4:45am with partner fritzsperry, the hike was great and it is constant climbing. we reached the summit and meet alot of great people. around noon we skied the north face and bushwhacked out. long day, back at the car around 4pm. snow was great, 2-4" inch of slush on nice firm base. in some of the couloirs we even hit really firm almost ice. lots of snow still out there.

bigwilly

bigwilly - Jul 10, 2005 9:28 pm

Route Climbed: Southwest ridge Date Climbed: July 10, 2005  Sucess!

Great day for climbing. Great weather and beautiful scenery. Great fun.

wwells

wwells - Jul 4, 2005 12:16 pm

Route Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: June 28, 2005  Sucess!

This was a more challenging hike than I had expected. The view of Ellingwood Ridge from the ridge crest was impressive, but the scramble through the rocks up to the summit was long and tiring. Crossing the raging South Fork Lake Creek on the metal and wood bridge was also interesting. Thanks to CFI for a great trail on the lower sections.

scvanm

scvanm - Jun 28, 2005 8:47 am

Route Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: 6/26/2005

First mountain of the year. Number 11 14er. Tougher than I expected. My legs were out of shape and felt like spaghetti. Glad I made it ....Praise the Lord!! (Sean,Rick, Greg)

keenez01

keenez01 - Jun 26, 2005 3:20 pm

Route Climbed: started from the lake creak trailhead Date Climbed: July 24, 2002  Sucess!

wbass

wbass - Jun 20, 2005 5:54 pm

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

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.

Foxy Long Bottoms

Foxy Long Bottoms - Jun 20, 2005 1:30 pm

Route Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: 8/04  Sucess!

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.

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