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Rocky AlpsKeyhole Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2005

Rocky Alps

It was pretty easy-going until the Keyhole. After that it was fun scrambling and amazing views all the way up to the summit, especially looking down into Glacier Gorge. Despite efforts to start early enough, the group I was with wasn't acclimatized to the elevation and had to go quite slow, which caused us to get caught in the middle of a lightning storm on the way back down. See "En'lightning' Experience" trip report for details.
Posted Mar 4, 2006 7:58 am

markhyamsKeyhole Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2003

markhyams

Climbed this on my b-day that year, and my awesome partner whipped out some cupcakes and candles on the summit for a surprise celebration. All the other climbers on the summit joined in the singing!
Posted Mar 3, 2006 12:10 am

markhyamsKeyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2000

markhyams

6th time. Couldn't keep me away, after only climbing this route two weeks earlier. No wonder it is so crowded!
Posted Mar 3, 2006 12:08 am

markhyamsKeyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2000

markhyams

5th time up the peak, third time on the Keyhole. Pretty normal day on Longs, lots of people.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 12:07 am

markhyamsYellow Wall  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 1999

markhyams

Did this route on the Diamond guided, with none other than alpinist Topher Donahue. When we were done, he told me, "that was that hardest route I've ever guided." and I said, "great, because that's the hardest route I've ever climbed." Still is. We summitted at 2:30 pm and had the honor of having the summit to ourselves, for all of 15 minutes.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 12:06 am

markhyamsClark's Arrow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 1998

markhyams

3rd time. I returned this time via a different route, and with much more experience under my belt.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 12:04 am

markhyamsKeyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 1993

markhyams

Second time up, this time with cold winds and the confidence of an 18-year-old (me).
Posted Mar 3, 2006 12:02 am

markhyamsKeyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 1993

markhyams

My first 14er ever. The start of a life-long obsession with the Colorado mountains.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 12:01 am

AlpinistThe Trough
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2005

Alpinist

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

RMdaytripsgrl

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

RMdaytripsgrl

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

foreverwild

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

peakrat76

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!

Kiefer

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!

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

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