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Ascent of La Garita Peak on 2009-07-04

Climber: Donnie Puckle

Date:Saturday, July 4, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:La Garita Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13710 ft / 4178 m

Ascent Trip Report

CMC Trip. There were 5 in our group. We had planned to do both Phoenix & La Garita. We climbed Phoenix first, and saw that there was some weather off to the west. We decided not to do La Garita. We changed our minds when we got down from Phoenix and saw the weather was not so bad. We split with two others in our group and climbed back to the ridge, went over Point ~12,760 and on to La Garita. We didn't stay long, there were a few episodes of light graupel and rain, and then we headed back down and rejoined the other two in our group. A good, long day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4695 ft / 1430 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Grade/Class:2/1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Graupel on La Garita, then sunny
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Loss on way in:685 ft / 208 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:La Garita ridge walk
    Start Trailhead:Phoenix Peak  13895 ft / 4235 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4010 ft / 1222 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Center Stock Driveway/Phoenix Park Trail
    End Trailhead:Along East Willow Creek   9700 ft / 2956 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: La Garita

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Phoenix Peak2009-07-044695 ft / 1431 m
2La Garita Peak2009-07-04500 ft / 152 m
Total Trip Gain: 5195 ft / 1583 m    Total Trip Loss: 9390 ft / 2862 m



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