From Taylor Peak the views of Longs Peak were amazing (January 24, 2004). This one was taken from near the saddle between The Sharkstooth and Taylor Peak. The ridge closest to the camera connects Thatchtop Mountain on the left with Powell Peak on the right.
I remember not too long ago we had a discussion about which Colorado mountain was the most prominent. I voted for Longs Peak.....Well....I rest my case.Sorry Capitol Peak, you don't measure up to this one.
This is by far the most beautiful shot of Longs I have ever viewed. What a freakin cool looking Mountain!!!!!!!!!
It's on the exact opposite side of the mountain. You can't see it from here. The Keyhole is to the left of the peak (you can't really make it out) and The Trough is the furthest left big, long, snow-filled couloir.
There might be. You can do The Trough route all the way from the bottom of Glacier Gorge (this is usually only done in the winter thought, see this photo). I think the bottom of The Trough has some difficult sections (class 5). There also might be a route that go from the upper part of The Trough straight up this side of the mountain. It seems like I heard a mention of this somewhere, but I can't remember where (maybe Roach). I'd guess it's probably in the class 4 range.
Last July I ran into Jim Detterline, the chief Longs Peak climbing ranger. He and another ranger had just put up a 5.11 first ascent somewhere on the summit block above The Trough. There are some other technical climbs on this side, but I don't have any information at hand. Chris probably knows about them.
By the way, that thin line of snow leaving The Trough and angling up to the left is pointing almost directly at The Keyhole.
Several guidebooks list routes on the West Face of Longs in the 5.7 range, but more difficult lines are probably possible. I believe the Northwest Couloir/Gully route (5.3?, 4th class in guidebooks) goes up the shadowed area just left of the sunny west face in this picture. The left skyline is the Keyhole Ridge (5.5-5.6). And the upper right skyline I believe would be the line of the (South)West Ridge (5.4).
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