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 Peak:  La Plata Peak (14er)
 Route:  Ellingwood Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Board Shorts
 Date of Information:  08/28/2012
 Date Posted:  08/29/2012
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Climbed La Plata via Ellingwood Ridhe in about 6 hours trailhead to summit, topping out at 1:25 pm. What a route! Saw only one cairn on the entire ridge on top of Point 13,206. There are faint trails one can follow, mostly trending to the east of the ridgetop, (climber's left) but route finding is difficult. Opportunities abound to bail down scree fields between cliffs off either side of the ridge but eventually one reaches the point where the fastest way off the mountain is over the top and down the standard route.
No snow anywhere, some wet dirt in the shade. Rain started a little after 1:30 and thunder by about 3:00 pm.




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