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cagedalpinistRoute Climbed: Keyhole Route Date Climbed: 19 July 2004  Sucess!


What a day. Middle of july and climbing in crampons. Sleet on the descent, wet rock all around. Still my favorite mountain.
Posted Aug 18, 2004 1:08 am

shannarae2kRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: 08/17/2004  Sucess!


This was my goal mountain for the year (WOO HOO!). Unbelievable views of glacier gorge. Shared the mountain with WAY too many people. Great experience, though. I was trained properly and conditioned for the distance, so it was mostly just a walk in the park for me. :)
Posted Aug 16, 2004 9:58 am

colintRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!


What a lucky day- first person on Longs summit via the Keyhole route for ten whole minutes. Fun route, great views. Hope to do Longs and Meeker via the loft sometime soon.
Posted Aug 10, 2004 3:08 pm

cjrobinsonRoute Climbed: Keyhole Route Date Climbed: 05AUGUST04  Sucess!


Knocked off the Keyhole with the Gnomeboy!
Posted Aug 10, 2004 12:30 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Part of Loft Route Date Climbed: August 7, 2004  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2004


After summitting Meeker via the Iron Gates, we climbed the portion of the Loft Route from the Loft beyond. We actually found Clark's Arrow, which was something of a surprise. It's wild to see all the people on the Keyhole Route above you as you climb next to the Palisades. We then traversed to Pagoda Mountain. If climbing Meeker, Longs, Pagoda, Storm, and Lady Washington in a day is the "Grand Slam," then I guess we did "The Two-Man Homerun"? A trip report is available here.

We also climbed the Keyhole Route on August 11, 2001. A friend of Erin's had climbed Longs the week before, so we set out to do the same. I don't imagine many people climb Longs as their 3rd 14er (many more probably do it as their 1st, eh?), so this was a rude awakening after climbing Grays and Torreys a month earlier. 5000' is a lot of elevation gain for the uninitiated, and we were wiped out for a couple of days afterward. We left the TH at 3:30 a.m., and we took 12 hours RT, I recall. A t-storm rolled in as we were leaving the Boulderfield during our descent.
Posted Aug 9, 2004 12:41 am

derbillyRoute Climbed: The Keyhole Date Climbed: July 18, 2004  Sucess!


Started a long day of hiking/climbing at 4:30AM. From the keyhole to the top of the trough was icy and wet presumably from the snow and rain one day earlier. The homestretch was also wet and slippery. We made it to the top just in time to get schetched out by approaching thunderstorms. We decended via the snow in the trough and proceded down the lengthening trail to our car.
Posted Jul 21, 2004 9:20 pm

Andrew McKenzieRoute Climbed: The Keyhole Date Climbed: July 23, 2003  Sucess!

Andrew McKenzie

This climb was my first 14er, and what a dousy! Left the Long's Peak trailhead at 4:45 am, a bit behind schedule. Got a super sunrise above the Chasm Lake trail junction before continuing on. I was suprised at all the folks who were not wearing or carrying adequete gear for bad weather. Very windy in the keyhole and along the Narrows. Approx. 40 people on the summit at 9:15 am. A very long hike took me about 5 hours to descend. (don't wear newish shoes!) All in all a great climb and great mountain. I look forward to climbing it many times over the next few years. Cheers!
Posted Jul 19, 2004 2:18 am

ahansen54Route Climbed: The Loft ---> The Keyhole Date Climbed: July 4, 2004  Sucess!


Climbed with jhansen007. My first 14er and my first snow climb. See his post below for more details.
Posted Jul 5, 2004 1:00 am

jhansen007Route Climbed: Loft (Return via Keyhole) Date Climbed: July 4, 2004  Sucess!


My third summit of Longs -- I really should try some other 14ers one of these days. Quite a bit of snow from Chasm up to the Loft -- crampons and an axe were useful today. Left trailhead at 4am -- on the summit around 10:30am. Snow still in the Homestretch and the Narrows. The Trough had so much snow we glissaded down it -- much more enjoyable than loose rock. Going down was slow and we didn't get back to the trailhead until 4:45pm. Weather was kind to us though.
Posted Jul 5, 2004 12:47 am

Robert LutzRoute Climbed: keyhole Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!
long tiring and scary in one place but fun
Posted Jun 2, 2004 11:37 pm

DaveCRoute Climbed: cornhole route Date Climbed: july 99  Sucess!


with manny from the boulderfield campground. being up early avoided a little of the herd, but it's a popular one.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:06 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Loft Date Climbed: September 2003  Sucess!


I've actually climbed both the Keyhole and the Loft and must say that the Loft was much nicer. Less crowded, a little shorter, a lot more fun. Going right underneath the Palisades was quite a treat, too.
Posted May 12, 2004 3:39 pm

tysonwormusRoute Climbed: Keiners Route Date Climbed: May 8 2004  Sucess!


Quite an amazing climb. Beautiful route, splendid day and a pleasantly deserted summit.
Posted May 9, 2004 1:31 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: Kiener's, Keyhole, North Face Date Climbed: July 1994, May 1997, August 2002  Sucess!


This is an amazing mountain. There is a route to suit (almost) every ability and taste here. Highly recommended!
Posted May 8, 2004 8:41 pm

georgbetsyRoute Climbed: Keyhole/Loft Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!


After trying to climb Longs in late June (2003) and turning around before the trough due to very icy conditions and the lack of crampons and an ice-axe, we were finally able to reach the summit on this beautiful day.

My wife and I started at 12:30am at the Longs Peak trailhead and reached the Boulderfield by 5am. Since my wife felt a little altitude sick and it was freezing cold, we waited till 8:00am to continue up to the summit which we reached at about 9:30. (There was a large number of climbers on the route.)

Next we proceeded by descending the Loft route and got some questioning looks from the other climbers. (Unfortunatelly we were too tired to also climb Meeker!!). On this route we were the only climbers and some necessary routefinding added to the challenge of the route.

-- Maybe next time we try the Longs Peak Grand Slam as described by Gerry Roach (anyone interested?)
Posted May 4, 2004 10:37 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: Loft Route Date Climbed: September 1998  Sucess!

Larry V

Started in the wee hours to reach Chasm Lake in time for the sunrise. Finished by the Loft Route. Have reached Longs' summit twice, but was turned back another time by unexpected cold and snow.
Posted Apr 23, 2004 1:19 pm

hgrapidRoute Climbed: Clarks Arrow Route Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!


This summit log is long overdue. I went alone, got to the trailhead at 3:45am. Hiked the wrong way, and met up with an adventurous climber from Michigan. We climbed the class 3 slope up to the ridge. I climbed the pinnacle right across from the Longs summit, noticed where I was, and scurried down to the ridge in 10 minutes. My new buddy was down there. We decided to move on, down 1,000 feet to the Clark's Arrow, and 2,000 feet up the class 3 slope towards the homestretch. I loved this hike. I made it to the summit even though I screwed up the route. As soon as I got in my car, a violent and thunderous hailstorm cracked. I was lucky to get out of there dry.
Posted Apr 18, 2004 11:13 am

f360driverRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: 9/03


I have yet to do this route without seeing an 18yr old girl in sweat pants climbing it too. Please, 18yr old girl, make it a skirt next time!
Posted Apr 14, 2004 6:47 pm

rmuirRoute Climbed: Keyhole Route Date Climbed: July 18, 1996  Sucess!


A nice hike with a little scrambling at the top. I want to go back and do the cable route!
Posted Apr 13, 2004 1:56 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: Lambs Slide to Kieners Date Climbed: June 1 - June 2, 2003


Two great sunrises for the price of one!! See the TR by Jason. Longs Peak was my first true mountain climbing experience in May of '99. I was in Colorado for the summer and linked up with a couple of guys who were willing to throw an axe in my hand and give me a crash course on walking w/crampons and how to self arrest. A spring ascent of Longs Peak via the Keyhole Route was a wild way to jump into the world of mountaineering! Since the first climb I have climbed Longs several times including full moon climbs. RMNP and Longs are truly an amazing place! I also climbed the Keyhole Ridge route with Jason and Chris on my 30th birthday. That makes six trips to the summit!
Posted Apr 10, 2004 2:53 pm

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