Peak(s):  La Plata Peak  -  14,336 feet
Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Date Posted:  03/19/2010
Modified:  10/03/2013
Date Climbed:   03/13/2010
Author:  mountainmicah83
 Fear and Loathing Winter Redemption on La Plata  

6-7 Feb La Plata First attempt called at 13,300' due to weather conditions (Matt and Micah)
19-21 Feb Shavano attempt called at 12,200' due to black avalanche conditions (Matt, Sean, and Micah)
28 Feb- Shavano gear recovery mission (Micah, Matt, Baz)
13 Mar- La Plata Success (Micah, Jeremy, Baz)

The plan at the beginning of this year was to bag at least 1 14er summit in every calendar month. Note the term "at least" because spring, summer, and fall will obviously be more peaks. With success and a fun trip climbing Kelso Ridge at night, camping on the summit of Torreys, and bagging Greys the next day in January, the year was off to a good start.
Then came February. Even with starting off with the first week in February, I had no success with my goal that month. It doesn't help that I have had college classes every other Sat until noon. Why go to college? All of this gear is friggin expensive and has to be paid for.
Like many times, my friend Matt and I over-aspired and decided that we wanted to conquer the coveted route of Ellingwood ridge in calendar winter. While I am confident in our abilities that we have the skills and are fully capable, our first mistake was that we attempted this on one of those weekends that I had school. We arrived at the La Plata TH at about 3:30 and were on foot by about 4:30 PM on Sat 6 Feb to find some of Matt's church friends that just finished snowshoeing at the TH. This was awesome because it wasn't planned. You must understand that along with camping gear, and winter gear, we were required to carry mountaineering ropes, harnesses and some other climbing accessories to weigh us down...
Link to rest of TR here

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 Comments or Questions
Doctor No

Nice summit!
03/19/2010 18:04
Great to see that you finally got this one - looks like it was worth the doubled effort!

Still waiting for my own La Plata winter redemption.


I would say that...
03/19/2010 19:20
... you definitely EARNED that peak! Great job.


03/19/2010 20:18
Way to give it your best shot...


03/19/2010 23:47
So...Personal firepower for slope detonation. Definitely worth a shot.

Lends a new meaning to pow-pow.

Hey, seriously, nice job on that moonless mission. Camped on Kelso, camped on Ellingwood, camped on La Plata, ..hey, remind me to bring spare batteries if we climb together! No wonder you got that nice hotel there in image #23.

Good work, Micah! I‘m seriously impressed. You must have been a marine. Now finish up the really hard part - school - and you can do this stuff whenever you want! Great to see you stick it out. Perseverence!

Doctor No

03/20/2010 00:47
Micah, wasn‘t your first attempt on La Plata the last weekend in January? I remember discussing the party with the Siberian husky.


Thanks for the comments all
03/23/2010 13:17
Doctor No- You are right on the dates. I guess that first La Plata trip was hte first weekend in Jan.

Worked out in the end
04/17/2010 02:07
Haha, thats a great story! Good to see you Guys made it off of Shavano, in Feb. We had quite the trek out of there, wasn‘t the greatest coverage for ski, and board, we didnt make it back to the car till 11pm, said screw it and stayed another night in our tent. But that sounds like a sweet night summit, congrats!

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