Peak:  La Plata Peak (14er)
 Route:  Ellingwood Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Jerousek
 Date of Info:  06/20/2012
 Date Posted:  06/20/2012

Completed La Plata via Ellingwood ridge today. Still several patches of snow filling the Eastern gullies. I had good success either committing to the ridge for some Class 4 or dropping well below to stay Class 3. No traction/flotation/gaiters. Not sure if any would have helped anyhow. Too wet/mushy.

 Comments or Questions

06/21/2012 14:45
How long did it take you? We might be headed up La Plata this weekend.


ty ty
06/22/2012 03:52
3 hours to gain the ridge, 5 hours to the summit, 2.5 hrs down to the car (via NW ridge). 10.5 hrs from entrance to exit.

When gaining the terminus of Ellingwood I went farther into the bowl and did some 3rd class pitches instead of humping up the slope of talus, which I think cost me some time but saved some leg power. Also, full disclosure: that ridge has a bad attitude. Be well fed and ready to grind when you go.

PS - The route finding starts the moment you leave the wilderness registry kiosk. Trust your gut and you'll be set.


06/22/2012 14:53
Thanks for the info. Still determining whether I will give it a go this weekend. I will be up there for sure, but the weather has me questioning whether I will be on that ridge or the standard route.

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