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La Plata Peak Northwest Ridge Wed 2013-03-27

Need a climbing partner? Trying to form a hiking group for an outing?
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La Plata Peak Northwest Ridge Wed 2013-03-27

Postby vdavidoff » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:02 pm

I'm gonna make one more attempt at La Plata this winter. This will be my 3rd attempt. Based on my last two, barring anything major and unexpected, I think I'll summit this time. With the weather coming through this weekend conditions might change and shift this date around, but I think at the moment Wed is looking good.

Stuff to know:

* It takes me about 3 hours to reach tree line, and I consider that portion of the hike to be a challenge (though this time I think I'm going to try snow shoes instead of just microspikes, and maybe that'll make me faster?)
* The farthest I have reached was the top of the buttress at ~13,500, and that took about 6.5 hours. I stopped here last time because I didn't see a safe way around or over, but I think there are safe ways around to the west that I just didn't see or consider before, and finding one of those is my plan this time out.
* I have been lucky enough to find a good trench to tree line on my previous attempts. If I have to find my own route this time, that'll be new for me, though I am ready for it.

I plan to be on the trail at 4am Wed 2013-03-27. If you're interested in coming along, let me know.

Andy

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Re: La Plata Peak Northwest Ridge Wed 2013-03-27

Postby Liquid Shadow » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:44 pm

Haha I may run into you! We are planning on a 2 day climb on the NW Ridge Tuesday-Wednesday.

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Re: La Plata Peak Northwest Ridge Wed 2013-03-27

Postby vdavidoff » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:58 pm

Cool! I saw your post the other day but the dates didn't occur to me. Do you know what time you plan to start hiking on Wed morning? Curious if I'll make it to the clearing before you all take off.

Andy

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Re: La Plata Peak Northwest Ridge Wed 2013-03-27

Postby Stereo311 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:20 pm

I might be able to join you. I won't know for sure, until monday or tuesday. I will shoot you a message as soon as I know for sure.

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Re: La Plata Peak Northwest Ridge Wed 2013-03-27

Postby Liquid Shadow » Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:23 pm

vdavidoff wrote:Cool! I saw your post the other day but the dates didn't occur to me. Do you know what time you plan to start hiking on Wed morning? Curious if I'll make it to the clearing before you all take off.

Andy


I'm thinking leaving our campsite no later than 8AM. May even try 7AM.

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Re: La Plata Peak Northwest Ridge Wed 2013-03-27

Postby vdavidoff » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:57 pm


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Re: La Plata Peak Northwest Ridge Wed 2013-03-27

Postby Wookie Horn » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:37 am

Tough break Andy. But once again a great effort. If there is any consolation, you should be fit and ready for some snow free climbing. You have the route down now. I am sure your fourth try will put you on the summit.

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Re: La Plata Peak Northwest Ridge Wed 2013-03-27

Postby vdavidoff » Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:02 pm

Yeah...I'd like to do it in the snow, just because I like hiking in the winter, but I guess time is running out on that this season. But yeah, each time I have gone out I have learned something, and have basically had a great day, so no complaints!

Andy

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