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MLK hike - La Plata?

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Re: MLK hike - La Plata?

Postby zrmmario » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:19 am

When you wrote the 19th over MLK I thought it was over the couple of days. I was interested because I've made three winter attempts and all three were tabled after weather was a factor very time. I've tried the standard route all three times and it works but hated going through the rock fall area. On my last attempt we headed straight up on a clear day and camped on top of the ridge at 12600'. The next morning it was brutally cold (-12) with sustained winds of 30-35 mph. With a low cloud system you couldn't see anything. We waited for about 5 hours, 0300-0800hrs, with no clearing in sight. We scrapped the climb for another day. We went down the backside from the top of the ridge which is very do-able going up. I'll try it again but not this weekend. Good luck and I hope you make it to the top! :-D :-D :-D

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Re: MLK hike - La Plata?

Postby michaelgrundy » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:31 am

Just wanted to bump this thread. Anyone else interested in La Plata (Standard route) on the 19th?

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Re: MLK hike - La Plata?

Postby rohit » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:56 am

Let's get the head count now... I am IN

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Re: MLK hike - La Plata?

Postby screeman57 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:30 am

I'll very likely be joining--depends on the weather and how it effects my drive down.
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Re: MLK hike - La Plata?

Postby ThuChad » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:46 am

I'll be there if roads and weather are good.
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Re: MLK hike - La Plata?

Postby michaelgrundy » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:06 pm

Obviously i will be there pending avy conditions!

Does anyone have familiarity with the winter route?

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Re: MLK hike - La Plata?

Postby ThuChad » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:24 pm

mgrundy wrote:Obviously i will be there pending avy conditions!

Does anyone have familiarity with the winter route?


Not familiar but I have the route loaded on my GPS watch. Here's the gpx link if anyone else wants to load it on a better handheld gps device.

http://14ers.com/php14ers/download.php?file=1146520120215072457.gpx&type=tripgpx

Standard route flagged, Winter route pink.

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Re: MLK hike - La Plata?

Postby michaelgrundy » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:36 am

So far, the avalanche danger is rated at "moderate". I am cautiously optimistic with the avalanche forecast and I am even happier with the weather forecast. I think that given the information that I have found, I am ready and excited to go hike this Saturday!

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Re: MLK hike - La Plata?

Postby rohit » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:57 am

Looks like the weather will be good..... I found this info:

http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/La-Plata-Peak/forecasts/4370

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Re: MLK hike - La Plata?

Postby Scott P » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:42 am

I am cautiously optimistic with the avalanche forecast and I am even happier with the weather forecast.


Route selection is much more important on La Plata than the avalanche forecast (which is still important). The standard winter route is fairly safe , even when avalanche conditions are rated moderate (or even high assuming the talus slope isn't snow covered-it tends to stay blown fairly clean, you must evaluate this yourself). On the other hand, getting off route (even a little) or trying the standard summer route could quickly lead to dangerous conditions (even if the forecast says moderate or low danger), so route selection is very important.

The map link above is good.

Here is a description with photographs if you are interested:

http://www.summitpost.org/north-ridge-direct-variation-winter-route/269433
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Re: MLK hike - La Plata?

Postby michaelgrundy » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:36 pm

I absolutely agree and we are planning on the winter route! Thanks for sharing the information and keeping tabs on us!!!

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Re: MLK hike - La Plata?

Postby BenfromtheEast » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:41 pm

I would expect this great TR to be a relevant read:
http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=11350

And please note my comment on the TR. The picture I mention is third from the top, timestamped 9:50. Feel free to PM me. Enjoy!

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