I carried too much camera equipment. It just about killed me!
Summitting La Plata in 4 hours the day after running the Steamboat marathon was a bit tiring but the incredible 360 degree views from the top made me forget the pain.
A birthday present from my daughter was a climb up the SW ridge route. The scree climb out of the basin and the bouldering to 13,900 took us longer than expected, but it was a dynamite climb. Only two other climbers on the mountain that day. Decent weather, but windy up top. 14er #25 for me, #17 for her.
Still lots of snow... good conditions
After nearly dieing on Elbert the day before, we made the trek to the summit of La Plata Peak. Conditions were deplorable and snow as very loose. Many times we would posthole and get stuck. Never the less…we saw some goats. That made us feel better?!?!
Great views from the top. Like Elbert, conditions did not allow for a good summit picture.
Great climb, had the mountain to ourselves.
Nice long climb, interesting route finding, in places.
My buddy got a gash in his thigh when he slid down some snow (on purpose). He limped around for a couple of weeks, but was okay.
With friend. 7+ hours. Absolutely beautiful hike.
Some date in 7/02, with husband. Another beauty on the south side of a Sawatch 14er. Wildflowers are found in the MILLIONS. An easy hike too.
Great climb until the last 1,000ft. Snowpacked near the summit and thunder moving in.
Climbed via NW ridge route in October 03 on what turned out to be a broken ankle. Beautiful day, aspens were a beautiful gold.
A very pleasent day, nice weather and not too hot. Passed by a 14ers inititive group doing trail work just below treeline.
Much more enjoyable than Elbert or Massive.
Car camped at Trailhead. Climb is through a beautiful basin. A false summit or two on the way. 14er #15
Perfect Fall Day
Left for summit at 7:00am, reached the top at 10:40. We were running for our lives from lightning by 10:50. Probably set a speed record for the descent.
Solo and did not see a single person until I ran into a couple on the summit who came up from Winfield. Saw 2 people on way down.
A beautiful day for my last summit. I was actually considering doing this peak via Ellingwood Ridge but after Princeton, I did not feel like making things hard on myself and decided to just take the main trail and enjoy my last summit of the summer. Once on the summit, I was all alone and it was the best view I had all week long. I decided to do what I always wanted to do, and thus I beat off right there on the summit and left a piece of me for everyone to enjoy. It was a great culmination to a hard week of peakbagging.
My 2nd attempt (first Oct. 2000, started out too late, partner was out of shape and slowed us down as well); coming off night shift, didn't sleep at TH camp, indigestion from failing vegetarian diet, drank 3 beers night before, altitude sickness started at peak and lasted for a while down, dry heaves and all. Made it, though!
Beautiful day, but we didn't feel great. So many wildflowers! Next attempt will be Ellingwood.