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mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: June 22, 2002  Sucess!


I first attempted to climb Longs Peak in the summer of 1990 with 3 guys from work. None of us had every climbed a 14er before. I had done a lot of hiking in my day however, I had just moved to Colorado the previous winter and was not used to climbing at such elevation. We left plenty early (or at least we thought) but due to our lack of conditioning we didn't make it to the keyhole with enough time to summit before the weather moved in. We were rained upon most of the descent.

Upon returning to work the following week, people then told me "Heck if you want to climb a 14er - did you know there are lots easier ones you could have started with?", live and learn. At any rate, after 12 other 14ers, I attempted Longs again June 22, 2002. I had many more conditioning climbs under my belt and was ready for the trip. After staring at Longs Peak for nearly 13 years of living here, it was nice to be on the summit. We climbed the mountain during the height of some of the summer fires, so the visibility wasn't the greatest on top, but we had a good group of climbers and a beautiful day otherwise. I would climb it again given the opportunity. This mountain is definitely in my top 10.
Posted Dec 26, 2002 2:32 pm

zzrilRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August 1988  Sucess!


This was my first Fourteener, climbed one week after arriving in Colorado from Memphis, TN. Hardest thing I had ever done at that point in my life.
Posted Nov 22, 2002 12:19 pm

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: Keyhole Route Date Climbed: August 16, 2002  Sucess!


This was AWESOME!! I've done 9 14ers, and this is by far my favorite, so far. I got a late start (around 7am), but hiked quickly up to the KH. It was quite windy, which caused alot of late starters (like myself) to turn back. I am so glad that I did not turn back. Windy all the way from the KH to the Summit. On the way down, the sun came out, and the windy disappeared. It was tempting to lay down on the granite face (home stretch) and just soak up the sun. It was beautiful. 5 hours to Summit from parking lot and 4 hours back.
Posted Nov 2, 2002 8:31 am

Martin CashRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: July 7, 2001  Sucess!

Martin Cash

Dayhiked from the parking lot starting at 3:30 AM. Beautiful mountain, buts loads and loads of other climbers. Waited in line to cross the exposed sections. Made it to the top at 9:00. Back to the car at 12:00 PM. Definately a good workout, I ran out of water on the descent and was feeling pretty crappy at the end.
Posted Oct 31, 2002 4:30 pm

sandfoxRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August, 2000  Sucess!
A great one-day climb
Posted Oct 31, 2002 1:27 pm

HayesredRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: July 85, Aug 86, Aug 87, July 89, Aug 91  Sucess!
Great all day climb or 2 day camp. World's best view while sitting on the crapper in the boulder fields.
Posted Oct 31, 2002 11:35 am

dmoorecsRoute Climbed: North Face Cable Route Date Climbed: October 16th, 2002  Sucess!
"Climbed Long's via the North Face Cable Route. Weather was windy and very cold, making for a brief stay on the summit itself. The route itself was beautiful, but technically unremarkable, except that continual care needs to be taken in the upper 3rd and 4th class sections to avoid a nasty slip. I would also recommend sticky-rubber climbing boots or approach shoes that are crampon-compatible. I unfortunately had to make the climb in plastic boots, which caused quite a bit of flailing on the technical pitches. As a slab climber, I would rate this route as 5.4 or easy 5.5. There was some ice on the 5th class sections, but it was easily traversed. The dihedrals provide secure hand and foot holds all the way up, and you never have to smear out onto an open face. If completely iced up, I could envision this route being several grades higher... I think I caught it during one of the last favorable days before real winter sets it. All in all, an outstanding and classic route. I would recommend it to anyone with some roped climbing experience. "

Posted Oct 21, 2002 2:09 pm

miztflipRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: October 8, 2002  Sucess!


I have done this route before but found it very sporting with a thin layer of snow and ice on the more exposed sections. The alpine start proved essential as the afternoon storms rolled in like clockwork.
Posted Oct 9, 2002 2:24 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: The Loft Date Climbed: July 9 1999  Sucess!


Great and beautiful mountain. Too bad it's scarred from orange bulleyes. Sheesh!
Posted Oct 5, 2002 9:15 pm

JohnRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: Sept 28, 2002  Sucess!


Hiked with Becca as a snow storm threatened: we saw precipitation in 3 directions, heard thunder 4 times, and saw lightning once. It was the first time for both of us so we both wanted to make the top and just couldn't turn around once we made it to the Homestretch. It snowed for a bit on the descent but still managed to turn into a gorgeous day. About 65% of the people I ran into turned around at the Keyhole or somewhere else short of the summit. I counted 10 people who made the top. Here's a short TR for more information.
Posted Sep 30, 2002 8:06 pm

bearbnzRoute Climbed: Keyhole Route Date Climbed: Summer 1990  Sucess!


Hiked up the tourist trail, and cruised over to look at the Diamond. Wish I had brought some gear! Continued up to the trough, and on to the top.
Posted Sep 28, 2002 5:35 pm

ccoashRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2002  Sucess!


Awesome climb! My first time to the summit of any mountain. Boy that trough was long!
Posted Sep 18, 2002 2:31 pm

colin_c82Route Climbed: Stetners Ledges to Keiners. Date Climbed: August 23, 2002  Sucess!
Climbed up the lower east face via Stetners Ledges-*classic*. finished the route via Keiners. Lonely summit at about 2 pm. No electrial storms. Weird, huh?
Posted Sep 15, 2002 7:35 pm

shanrickvRoute Climbed: Keyhole Route Date Climbed: August 6, 2002  Sucess!


I had the honor of climbing Longs Peak with fellow member Alan Arnette, who is an accomplished 8000 meter peak climber. It was one of the most difficult things that I ever did, but was one of the greatest days of my life. Coming from sea level in Maryland, I had been in Colorado for almost a week, so I was somewhat acclimatized. Still, the altitude really tuckered me out. I felt that the Trough was the most difficult part of the climb. It seemed endless and I will forever refer to it as "the place where knees go to die." Despite the difficulty of the climb for a novice like me, the summit view was well worth the effort.
Posted Sep 14, 2002 4:28 pm

Lost Creek FarmsRoute Climbed: Key Hole Route Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!

Lost Creek Farms

Fantastic climb
Posted Sep 6, 2002 11:35 am

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Key Hole Date Climbed: July 30, 1999  Sucess!


I started at 1:15 AM. At least two people left before me. The hike up to the boulder field was done at night. I stopped at daybreak to watch the sunrise and eat an orange. What a beautiful scene. The diamond face was red. Crossing the boulder field was easy as was the keyhole. The trip to the trough was a minor scramble as was the trough itself. The rock at the top was the first challenge. I went over the right side having failed trying the left. It was easier than it looked. They say the narrows is exposed, I don't know, I didn't look down. The home stretch (see photo), was a lot easier than it looks, but it's still class 3. Spent about 10 minutes on the summit with the 100 or so others, over 107 passed me on the trail before the boulder field. I gave up the orange on the summit. The trip down was uneventful except for the hallucinations. I could swear there is a gravel pit at the Chasm Lake trail. I arrived back at my car at 7:30 PM. Long day
Posted Aug 23, 2002 9:14 am

tonyoRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August 14, 2002  Sucess!


My 15 year old son and I summitted at 8:00 am in 60 mph+ winds and VERY cold. We were woefully unprepared for the cold, wearing only hiking pants, t-shirts and fleece. The cold wind dried out my eyes by the time we made the summit, and I was practically blind coming back down. Many people after us turned around because of the wind, even after completing the trough.
Posted Aug 20, 2002 3:24 pm

rhlairdRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: July 8, 2000  Sucess!


Training hike for a summit attempt on Rainier in August. Great scramble. Met lots of great people. My first fourteener.
Posted Aug 3, 2002 10:21 am

The Flying DutchmanRoute Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: July 31, 2002  Sucess!
Yesterday I did Longs Peak., It took me 2 hours and 49 minutes to reach the summit. My start time was 7:05 A.M. I made it to the top at 9:54 A.M. Going up the trough, two teenaged boys asked how fast I was going. They remarked that they had started at 4:30 and one of them called me a "machine". Also, I passed a trail "runner" (or so he claimed himself to be one), who said "I can tell by looking at you that you're not going to make it". Not only did I beat him up Longs, but then I proceeded to summit both Estes Cone and Twin Sisters (so "ha!") The total hike was 29 miles with a 9,500-foot elevation gain. I am pleased with the support I got from many people, including a family from northern Va. and a father and son from North Platte, Neb. As I came down Twin Sisters, one twelve (13?)-year old kid said "you know what....you're crazy." Thinking "hey, I haven't heard that one today", I told him thank you and that I'd take the remark as a compliment. When I got to the Lily Lake Vis. Ctr., it was 6:35P.M. I was proud of my accomplishment and felt a little better about the rough week I had been having.I even had the energy to go to the pub with friends from the Czech Republic.
Posted Aug 1, 2002 12:05 pm

mrkgrysngrRoute Climbed: Keyhole and returned though the Loft Date Climbed: 7/20/2002  Sucess!
July 20, 2002 my friend and I made our second attempt at Long’s Peak. Last year we were weathered out at the Keyhole. It had become my obsession to finally climb the mountain. After a quick word of prayer we started our trek up the Mt. at 2:30 in the morning. The weather report was favorable and said the thunderheads would not form until about 3-4:00 in the afternoon. Using our lamps we made it to the Boulder Filed in about 2:45. We rested for about 5 minutes at the Keyhole and proceeded through. Now we were entering uncharted territory. The Ledges were not nearly as tough as I had imagined. There was exposure, but no real danger as long as you were just watching what you are doing. It was at the Trough that I began to feel some cramping in my left hamstring. I had been drinking plenty of water, but did not realize how much I was expelling due to sweat. We stopped for about 5 minutes in the middle of the climb up the Trough and I ate some cheese and nuts. I also drank about 8 oz. of orange juice and 20 oz of water. I prayed again asking that the Lord would not let me come this far to have been stopped by something like a cramp. After the short rest we continued and there were no problems the rest of the day. Praise the Lord! The Narrows and Home Stretch were quite interesting. Neither was as bad as I had imagined. The summit was ours! What a feeling to have finally conquered the “Peak.” It is as beautiful as they say. There was not a cloud in the sky except for the smoke raging from Elk Mt. Fire. It was our return trip that was the challenge. After clearing the Home Stretch going down we saw two other fellows coming from a different route on their way up. After chatting with them we chose to return the way they had come and do the loop through the Notch and up the Loft. That was very hard climbing! Some possible class 4. Much loose scree and big rocks. They said it was only about 600 ft. through the Loft, but it seemed like a mile. We topped out at the saddle between Long's and Meeker and proceeded down to Lake Chasm. Clouds had started forming and we heard our first thunder at the top of the Loft. We picked up the pace! The trail was now much easier. Now back on the main trail, it seemed like forever, getting back to the trailhead. It took 10:15 to do the whole trip even counting the 30 minutes we spent on the top of the Peak. All in all it was a WONDERFUL day!
Posted Jul 23, 2002 3:59 pm

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