La Plata Peak was my first! In mountaineering in the United States a fourteener (or “14er”) is a mountain peak that exceeds 14,000 feet (4267.2 meters) elevation. (This term is not usually significant outside the Western United States) La Plata Peak is over fourteen thousand feet in elevation and the fifth highest mountain in Colorado. It is located in the Sawatch Range in northwestern Chaffee County, approximately 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Leadville just south of Twin Lakes and Highway 82 on the east side of Independence Pass. Needless to say I was completely zausted by the end of the climb. My sleeping bag a toasty fire and the stars soothed my aching feet.
Oil Painting/Photograph copyright (c) Trevi Bennett 2012