|Peak:||La Plata Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||02/18/2012|
The trip report from 02/16 covers the risks of the route well. I just wanted to re-emphasize / echo sentiments on two items (last 500 feet to treeline / scree slope just above treeline) as we climbed it on 02/18. Hopefully this write-up helps those trying to get out soon.
Item 1 - ~ 11,300 ft to 11,800 ft - I hiked it with a much more experienced climber (chrisinaz) and below the tree line had us both spooked heading down with the sun shining and softenin the snow pack. It's very steep with a lot of loose snow and there is risk of sliding off the trail and risk for a slide in that area. The snow is piling up around there so be careful.
Item 2 - ~ 11,900 ft to 12,200 ft - The scree slope is the way to go up after you get above treeline but it's a little tricky coming down. Just go slow.
The route is definitely doable. It's beautiful out there right now. Enjoy if you get out!