Peak:  La Plata Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  jrs1965
 Date of Info:  11/12/2012
 Date Posted:  11/12/2012

Fresh virgin snow when I showed up this morning at 7 AM. There was about 4-6 inches of easy powder while following the gulch up this morning. Once I turned east and started heading up the gully the snow began to get deeper and crusty. The snow was generally about 6-10 inches deep going up to the top of the gully. No issues with route finding until I got to the 6x6 boulder. Much of the snow from the 6x6 Boulder to the ridge was covering the trail and I lost the trail on my ascent. The Route from the Northwest Ridge to the summit was also problematic with portions of the trail being covered by snow. When I did lose the trail I would continued to climb in the direction of my next way-point and would regain the trail or spot the next cairn. Overall it was not to bad, I made the summit in 5 hours and did the return route in 3.5 hours. Yak Tracks / traction for the shoes are pretty much a requirement at this point. No snow shoes needed at this point. Although I didn't have any, poles would have helped with balancing while pushing through the snow. If anyone goes up before the next storm the tracks I had left today will be a helpful guide to the summit.

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