Peak:  La Plata Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Rcizzle
 Date of Info:  03/14/2012
 Date Posted:  03/14/2012

I climbed Plata today, it was a long day.... a very long day that could have been avoided if we opted to take the standard summer route. The Standard winter route was a frozen snowy prison. I was post holing on every step to my waist with BIG snowshoes on for .25 mile, which lasted for an hour or two. It sucked. DONT DO IT. If I was to advice anyone interested in climbing Plata soon, I would suggest taking the standard route with a packed trail. It's really obvious and very solid in the morning, not so much in the afternoon. Definitely bring microspikes and snowshoes. The snowshoes may help if your day lasts as long as mine did. There is also some fairly decent glissading available.

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