Ascent of La Plata Peak on 2007-04-29

Climber: Fred Newman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, April 29, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:La Plata Peak
    Elevation:14336 ft / 4369 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dayhike up the ridge from the highway, pretty straightforward. Returned partway down the ridge late in the morning, then veered more directly west down to La Plata Gulch. This was actually a bad idea as this day fell during an early season heat wave. The unconsolidated spring snow pack became quite sloppy and unsupportive below 12000'. Snowshoes were no help. I literally spent 3 hours wading through hip and waist deep slush to reach the trailhead. Bad.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Route:SW Ridge
Descent Statistics

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