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 Peak(s):  La Plata Peak  -  14,336 feet
 Post Date:  07/26/2009
 Date Climbed:   07/21/2009
 Posted By:  4HClimber

 Third Time is a Charm   

La Plata Peak - 3rd time is a Charm

4HClimber - Solo Trip

6:30 a.m. - Depart Trailhead
10:00 a.m. - Summit
10:30 a.m. - Depart Summit
1:30 a.m. - Arrive Trailhead


After two unsuccessful attempts at La Plata's NW Ridge (one last October in some deep snow and one in May called because of physical issues) I chose to change my luck by going up the SW ridge this time. It is a more picturesque route and I would highly recommend it. However, I would not recommend it in the early spring as the upper basin would probably be a wet, sloppy mess in June.

Here is a look at the summit from the upper basin.
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And a closer look at the summit
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And here's a look at the route up to the ridge to the west of the summit.
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Here is a peek at an old gold mining site about half way up to the west ridge.
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And a look from the gold mine back out to the upper basin--note the tracks.
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The hike up the west ridge was kinda tough with about 1500 feet of boulder hopping combined with 3-4 false summits make it a challenge.


Here is the flag shot with three fingers--representing the 3rd time is a charm on this pile of rocks.
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Here is a peek at Ellingwood Ridge from the summit.
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It was a great hike up and I really did like the SW Ridge route better than the NW ridge Route.

Number 23 in 13 months!



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