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Date Saturday  8/24/2019
End Date Tuesday  6/25/2019
Group Fort Collins
Event Title La Plata Peak Ellingwood Ridge ASC Elective Scramble
Start Time 11:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader John Wullschleger
Co-Leader Brad Warren
Member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Scramble
Climb Type Top rope
Climbing Class Class III
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 10
Elevation Gain 5,000'
Driving Distance 380 miles


We will meet in Fort Collins midday on Saturday.  The meeting location will be emailed to participants before the trip.

For more info Contact

John Wullschleger -

Brad Warren -



This is an elective trip for the 2019 Fort Collins Alpine Scrambling Course (ASC).  Qualified non-students will be allowed if space is available but ASC students will be given preference.  

This is a classic route on Colorado's 5th highest peak (14,336').   We will depart from Fort Collins around midday Saturday and camp as close to the Lake Creek Trailhead as possible.  Particpants should expect and be comfortable with ascending on steep, loose scree and rubble, climbing on exposed 3rd Class terrrain between 12,000 and 14,000 feet and a long day with over 5,000' of elevation gain.  An Ellingwood "light" variation, beginning at a saddle midway along the ridge, may be considered depending on conditions and the strength of the group. We will descend on a trail via the Northwest Ridge (standard) route.  Expect a vary late return to Fort Collins on Sunday evening.


Participants should be fit and will be expected to have a climbing helmet, climbing harness, at least 3 carabiners (1 or more locking), and at least two slings that can be used as prusiks.The leaders will carry ropes and other climbing gear in event it is needed but completing this trip will require that the participants can traverse exposed 3rd class confidently, efficiently and unroped.  We will be attempting to maintain the difficulty at 3rd Class or below but minor departures from the route can increase the difficulty to Class 4.  Snow is not uncommon at these elevations in August and any precipitation can significantly increase the difficulty of the route.  Potential participants who are uncertain of their abilities or fitness should discuss their concerns with the leaders prior to signing up for the trip.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.