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I am not entirely certain yet, but I think the route deviated at about 1.6 miles. Don't quote me on that just yet though. I've attached the elevation profile from my GPS if anyone is interested. Basically from ~1.6m - ~2.1m seemed to me to be extremely steep, and based on what was beneath my feet, not the standard route (and I don't think I ever rejoined the standard route). But again, don't quote me just yet. Where I turned back was after a stretch that I found to be fairly dangerous, and wasn't willing to continue on. Here's a panoramic shot from that point:
Even thought I didn't summit, it was a great hike and I got a beautiful view shortly after sunrise! I learned a lot and it was a great personal success.
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vdavidoff wrote:I'm down. Luckily my knee held up, which is unusual and awesome, but I think I totally agree with ezabielski about the route (at least, the one that's currently most well defined) being non-standard and kind of nuts. I didn't summit and the main reason was because that route got so sketchy. I followed it way farther than I should have. I'm gonna review data from my GPS and whatnot and try to get a trip report up.
The standard winter route gains the North ridge much earlier. Approx where I have the arrow in the screen capture I made from your pano.
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• Mountains are not climbed merely to reach a geographical location — but as personal and spiritual challenges to the participants. — David Stein
• The best climber in the world is the one who’s having the most fun.— Alex Lowe
• Why do I climb the mountain? Because I'm in love! — The Captain
Oh, and unfortunately I think it requires a Strava login to view this, but this is the data from my GPS.
Peak conditions report:
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If I'm looking at it correctly, which is kind of hard since they're different maps, you should have gained the ridge at the level area around 11,700. Hindsite is always 20/20.
“I stand here on the summit of the mountain. I lift my head and I spread my arms. This, my body and spirit, this is the end of the quest. I wished to know the meaning of all things. I am the meaning. I wished to find a warrant for being. I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction. Neither am I the means to any end others may wish to accomplish. I am not a tool for their use. I am not a servant of their needs. I am not a sacrifice on their altars.” |Ayn Rand - Anthem
The trip report I got the GPX from: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=11465&parmpeak=La+Plata+Peak&start=15&cpgm=tripmain&ski=Include
My route is red, the one from the trip report is blue. This gives a better idea of where I thought the switches back (?) up out of the gulch got a little crazy.
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I guess, point is, it's nice to look back after a relatively short period of time and see the progress in terms of my experience. Fun stuff. I plan to attempt La Plata Peak again in the very near future.
If anyone with experience would be interested in giving the summit a try this Sunday, the 17th let me know! I've been itching to conquer it!
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