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Ascent of Gibbs Peak on 2017-05-14

Climber: Joel Panttila

Date:Sunday, May 14, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gibbs Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:12286 ft / 3744 m

Ascent Trip Report

Solo mission starting at 3:45PM, ending at 7:30PM.
I parked on the La Plata canyon main gravel road, next to bedrock creek.
There's a road that goes up paralell to the creek, and I started hiking up that. Eventually get funneled into a mountain meadow with views of Babcock Peak, and part of Gibbs peak.
Since there was about 2 feet of snow on the ground, I just started bushwacking up through the nicely spread out trees.
I don't own a paur of snowshoes, so this made it a bit harder, and scarier. In one section I fell through the snow to about chest deep, but was able to drag myself up.
Pretty steep snow in the top half, and the last section was some nice easy rock.
The temperature must have been in the 30's with the windchill factor.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3186 ft / 971 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3186 ft / 971 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Start Trailhead:9100 ft / 2773 m
Descent Statistics



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