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AlpinistThe Trough
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2005


We attempted the summit from Black Lake but were moving much too slowly in winter with the heavy gear we brought with us. We turned back somewhere above the Keyhole route around 2:45pm. Next time I'll camp above Black Lake and take a day to acclimatize before the climb.

Attempted again in April 2009 but 2 ft of fresh snow and 50MPH winds created dangerous avy conditions. I never even stepped foot on the mountain. Hiked into Glacier Gorge and camped solo for the night and returned the next morning. That's the risk you take when you live out of state. You roll the dice, buy a plane ticket and hope for good weather. But it was not meant to be. Third times a charm?
Posted Mar 2, 2006 4:31 pm

RMdaytripsgrlRoute: Keyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2005


Being much more experienced, this time was much "easier", dare I say, but still a challenge (how can it NOT be?)...With friends from the OC, they did really well. Scary weather this time, had to boogie down from boulderfield.
Next on Long's agenda: winter ascent via loft route!
Posted Feb 27, 2006 3:16 am

RMdaytripsgrlRoute: Keyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2002


Left at 2am, returned to car at around 4pm - What a long day! The Trough/Narrows/Homestretch took everything I had and I totally bonked on the way out. Was the most difficult climb we had done at that time. Beautiful weather the whole day, an unusual gift on Longs.
Posted Feb 27, 2006 3:08 am

Snidely WhiplashKeyhole Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 1983

Snidely Whiplash

The Homestretch is a lot more challenging with ice clogging up the upper rocks.
Posted Feb 23, 2006 4:09 pm

foreverwildJust short


Climbed solo in mid Novermber 2004 only person to proceed beyond Keyhole, Trough was slow breaking trail alone, turned back on Homestretch due to poor snow and a broken crampon.
Posted Feb 21, 2006 12:29 am

peakrat76Notch Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 1973


Climbed via the Notch Couloir with a bivouac on Broadway. A classic route on one of Colorads's great peaks. Perfect ice with little rockfall. Descended via the Keyhole route.
Posted Feb 19, 2006 7:00 pm

Mountain JimRoute Climbed: Keiners Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 1960

Mountain Jim

I first climbed Longs in 1960. I've since climbed it 92 more times via many different routes and during all 12 months of the year.
Posted Jan 29, 2006 8:55 pm

KieferRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August 1994, 1996, 2000  Sucess!


Summited this mountain 3-4 times and have been to Chasm Lake more times than I can remember.

Luckily, I've never had bad weather on top.

I've always run into pleasent weather.

Tried summiting in Winter but only made it as far as the actual Keyhole. Sunrise was beautiful over Mt. Lady Washington.
Posted Jan 26, 2006 12:00 pm

Cpt KahunaRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: September 12, 2005  Sucess!
Another Iowa Flatlander and I started out early (0030) to make sure that we beat any late season T-storms. We met quite a few people on the trail (mostly passing our slow rear ends), but most of them turned around at the keyhole due to high winds. As we only get out to Colorado once a year and felt comfortable with the conditions, we continued on. After numerous breaks to "catch our breath", we made the summit. We enjoyed the great views and were the last ones off the summit that day. On the way down, we commented that the we were lucky that the crowds everyone talks about were not present. At the ranger station we found out that only 20 people had summited that day. That night it snowed enough to keep the "Non-Technical" folks like us off the mountian. 14er #11
Posted Jan 12, 2006 2:50 am

rkymtnRoute Climbed: Trough Date Climbed: March 5, 2005  Sucess!


Haliku and I had been talking about this one for a while. It was a long day, but reaching the summit was well worth the effort. Haliku lead most of the way and kicked steps like a champ. While ascending, we’d stop occasionally to look down the Trough to catch views of Glacier Gorge and the Spearhead - stunning.
Posted Jan 8, 2006 11:53 pm

1mverticalRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August 4, 1999  Sucess!


Crowds, crowds, crowds. This was my 3rd ascent of Longs.
Posted Jan 4, 2006 5:23 pm

colintRoute Climbed: keyhole Date Climbed: june 2002  Sucess!


This was the first somewhat challenging climb I did. I have dreams about this mountain, but now they are on the other side. When I return to Colorado I hope to hit Kiener's, Dream Weaver on Meeker, and eventually some Diamond routes. Big Talk.
Posted Dec 30, 2005 11:44 pm

Livelife4SummitsRoute Climbed: the Loft Date Climbed: August 8th, 2003  Sucess!


This was the 1st Colorado 14er of my 7 day outing in this state, during which I tackled 11 peaks. Great first attempt, setup an illegal camp site in the backcountry, met up with some guys from the midwest en route, and together we joined forces to tackle this route and this peak. Crowded on the way down.
Posted Dec 29, 2005 1:57 am

CODaveRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August 23, 2003  Sucess!


First 14er summit.
Posted Dec 27, 2005 11:16 am

hawkmanRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: Aug 2004  Sucess!


Dragged my mom up for her 50th bday. Perfect weather, great route. Looking forward to trying other routes (Loft and Keiners).
Posted Dec 21, 2005 6:56 pm

Vagabond ManifestoRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: June 30, 2002  Sucess!

Vagabond Manifesto

This was the first fourteener I climbed, so it's a sentimental favorite. We camped at the Boulderfield the night before. Wildfires in Idaho made it slightly hazy, but the views were still great. The perch at the top of the Trough is one of the neatest places I've ever been. Longs is a truly magnificent mountain.
Posted Dec 14, 2005 4:03 am

timfoltzRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: Summer of 2003


Got 3/4 of the way up the trough, and got caught in a afternoon thunderstorm. We decided to turn around, and head back down. Should have started early, and not gone with such a big group as they were very slow.
Posted Dec 8, 2005 1:11 pm

timfoltzRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: Summer of 1999  Sucess!


Classic Climb. Made it to the top with 3 generations. Me (10) Dad (45) and Grandfather (75).
Posted Dec 8, 2005 12:45 pm

Bill ReedRoute Climbed: The Keyhole Date Climbed: August 24th 2003  Sucess!

Bill Reed

2nd 14er for Chris and I, 2nd climb of Long's for Scott. Stayed Goblin's Forest-then Boulderfield before summiting on Sunday. On the summit at 8:30am.

Posted Dec 7, 2005 9:46 pm

jonnybootsRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: June 29,2005  Sucess!


Drove from Indiana nonstop to Estes Park...Camped in Goblin's Forest that night...Camped in Boulder Field the second day...Successful to the summit and back down the third day...It was cold(12F) but bearable, very strong winds, storm at summit about 12:00pm, visibility was very little to none, ice on all the rock...had to use crampons and pick from the keyhole to summit and back to keyhole...very challenging
Posted Nov 30, 2005 3:52 pm

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