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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!

rkymtn

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!

1mvertical

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!

colint

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!

Livelife4Summits

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!

CODave

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

hawkmanRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: Aug 2004  Sucess!

hawkman

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

timfoltz

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!

timfoltz

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.

Awesome!
Posted Dec 7, 2005 9:46 pm

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

jonnyboots

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

wyomountaineerRoute Climbed: Loft 1995/North Face 2003 Date Climbed: September 1995, June 2003  Sucess!
Climbed loft to Meeker than dropped down and over to Longs. Descended via Keyhole in 1995.



2003 attempted North Face. Rapped off after reaching 2nd eyebolt (one long pitch from start of route) due to rotten rime ice that was too thin for screws, but too thick to chip away for nuts/cams.
Posted Nov 8, 2005 4:48 pm

whatisisRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August 19, 2005  Sucess!

whatisis

Picked an awesome day to go. The crowds weren't bad and the weather held nicely.
Posted Nov 4, 2005 5:21 pm

climbhighnowRoute Climbed: The Keyhole Date Climbed: Sept. 2005  Sucess!

climbhighnow

1st: sept. 2005: Keyhole Route. fun route, very crowded

2nd: Dec. 11, 2005: North Face: made it on our 2nd try: 18hours car2car. one or two of em' spent waiting for the sun to come up in a very cold boulder field.

3rd: July 4th 2006: Notch Couloir: awesom climb, interesting weather. sunshinne/heavy hail/sunshine/cloudy/hail/sunshine? prob. my favorite.
Posted Oct 28, 2005 12:17 pm

indianhillstedRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: September 3 2005  Sucess!
Great, long day. Left the car around 4:00am, returned around 4:30pm. Took an hour long break while rehydrating at the bottom of the Boulderfield. Wife did great...her first 'big' mountain. Next year I'll try Keiners.
Posted Oct 27, 2005 5:35 pm

kpiljayRoute Climbed: Up Loft Route and down Keyhold Route Date Climbed: September 1, 2005  Sucess!

kpiljay

This was a grueling and long climb. We climbed Meeker first and then Longs. Nice weather though and we stayed on the summit for an hour.
Posted Oct 27, 2005 11:05 am

HobbesgirlRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August 11, 2003  Sucess!

Hobbesgirl

This was the first fourteener I ever climbed. I really enjoyed the climb, but it was way too crowded. I'd recommend climbing on a weekday or finding a less crowded and thus less popular mountain. Then again, you have to climb it at least once!
Posted Oct 21, 2005 1:52 pm

mpyleRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: 1 October 2005  Sucess!

mpyle

Started about 4:45 a.m. Steady progress up to the Keyhole, then picked my route carefully. Snow in trough made things slightly more interesting, but still not yet very technical. Beautiful up top - no wind, and good visibility. Uneventful trip down, about 9h30m CTC - faster than anticipated for this flatlander.
Posted Oct 10, 2005 9:39 pm

mountainsurferRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: September 30, October 1, 2005  Sucess!
I traveled the Keyhole Route on Friday September 30 and sat atop the summit for a few minutes before heading down to Keyhole to catch the sunset and bivy at the boulderfield for 4 hours before heading back up to the summit for a Oct 1 sunrise show that I will never forget. The ice/snow in the trough was more intense in the dark than it was 7 hours previously in the evening.

I recommend the sunrise show to anyone who wants to see how all the lakes/ponds to the east seem to soak up all the wonderful morning light as the sun crests over the horizon.
Posted Oct 10, 2005 1:02 am

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