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HokieJimLoft route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007


A repeater for me, first time was via the Keyhole route. Took the Loft route to Meeker first this time, then over to Longs via Clark's Arrow, and down the Keyhole. Awesome weather for a terrific day!
Posted Sep 10, 2007 10:13 pm

ktiffany22Repeater was worth it!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007


Longs Peak was my first 14er ascent... returning after having completed 46 now, it was interesting to see how far I've come in my mentality and climbing skills. We did the Loft route (this is totally the way to go!), summited Meeker first, descended Keplinger's coulier (followed a cairned route that took us down some exposed class 4- oops!), then up to Longs- met with the Keyhole route at the homestretch, summited, and descended via the standard Keyhole route. It was amazing! I was so grateful to have a DIGITAL camera this time to get some great shots of the phenomenal terrain!:-)
Posted Sep 10, 2007 10:04 pm

thebeave7Radical Slam  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007


Went up with Chris Gerber and Alan, ascended via the Loft then made the full circuit of the Radical Slam, including the requisite 50 pushups.
Posted Sep 9, 2007 9:49 pm

weeds19A quiet day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2007


Apparently only ~40 people on Longs is a quiet day. The homestretch was heavily iced up and it took some careful route picking to make my way safely to the top. As somewhat expected, there were tons of unprepared people on the mountain. One guy tooks a 50' fall on the way down the homestretch. He was unharmed, and very lucky!
Posted Sep 8, 2007 5:55 pm

ferdinandverboomKeyhole after a snowstorm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2006


I turned back at my first attemp due to stormy weather. After a night of snowfall I tried again and summited. I was the first one on the snowloaded trail and alone on the summit :)
Posted Sep 6, 2007 6:39 am

RenardoKeyhole of course  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2007


Early morning clouds and a little precip kept the crowds down. Them rocks are slippery when wet! Caught up in a nasty t-storm on the way down.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 12:22 pm

cftbqLoft up, Keyhole down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2007


Summitted via the Loft route in order to climb Meeker first. My 32nd fourteener. The traverse below the Palisades is arduous and tricky, but was exhilarating. Slow going up, but made it down in just over 4 hours.
Posted Aug 27, 2007 2:12 pm

matt81Keyhole Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2007


Crowds were not too bad. Fun route.
Posted Aug 26, 2007 5:52 pm

Joe_ParvisKeyhole Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2007


Keyhole route from Ranger cabin. Hiked with old college friend and some members of his family. One person developed AMS in Boulderfield and descended with another. (Just a reminder for folks to respect altitude sickness if it strikes.) Buddy and I reached top at about 1030am after 7 hours. I always find this route longer and tougher than I predict (this my 3rd ascent via Keyhole). I was a bit tired from a hike up McHenry's the preceding day. Many denegrate the Keyhole route, but I find it a challenging and tiring day. Exciting to climb with my college friend, who had never been much above 10-11K elev before. Fun day.
Posted Aug 24, 2007 7:26 pm

rpaceLoft Ascent/Keyhole Descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2007


Perfect weather, good company, great ascent route, finally summited (after getting "kicked off" by adverse conditions last year...) Awesome day!
Posted Aug 22, 2007 10:07 pm

Matt WorsterKeyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2007

Matt Worster

I'm just a peak bagger . . . Narrows were overrated (with no snow of course), top of trough was interesting, section after Trough was a surprise, but fun exposure!
Posted Aug 20, 2007 8:48 pm

bolojmA great training hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2007


4.5 hours from trailhead to the summit on my first full day in Colorado (less than 12 hours after leaving Indiana)...I'll take it!
Posted Aug 20, 2007 12:32 pm

mountainloverCOKeyhole route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2007


What a stunning mountain! Made our way up to the summit in 6 hours back down in about 5. That mountain kicked my butt in all feasible ways...but what an enjoyable experience it was. Loved the Narrows and the Homestretch, but absolutely hated the Trough.
Posted Aug 16, 2007 11:54 am

K_G_WrightMy Favorite  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1986


This entry's purpose is to sign the log. Climbing with my old man and brother (who was 9), Longs was my first 14er back when I was 12. I've climbed it 10 times, reaching the summit 7 of those attempts. I've done both the standard Keyhole route and the North Face (Old Cables) route. I've seen it in the summer, autumn, and winter. I love this peak! It has taught me a lot, including a deep respect for mountain goddesses. The first body I saw, mountaineering, was at the base of the snowfield above the Boulderfield on my first ascent. I can still recall watching the NPS heli load him up (on the skid) and take off. It's amazing how popular mountaineering has become in the last 30 years. Last time I was up in the home stretch, it looked like a crowded, busy city street. I can only imagine what it could be like in another 30! Have fun and be safe!
Posted Aug 15, 2007 1:12 pm

whaynalKeyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2007


Left at 2:20am, reached the summit at 7:05am...the three people already there left when I got there so it was just me and two other guys I hiked with after the Keyhole. Lots of fun, very tiring. I took a nap up top to recoup for the trip back down.
Posted Aug 14, 2007 5:21 pm

shanrickvI Love This Mountain!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2007


My second time on top of this beautiful and dangerous mountain. I love Longs. Had the pleasure of climbing with my physical therapist and her husband from my former stomping grounds of Maryland, along with my Colorado climbing partners, Alan, Robert and Nancy. What a great day!
Posted Aug 13, 2007 12:37 pm

RckyMtneerThrough the Keyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2006


Climbed with my friend Bill and others. Raining on the hike in, but nice in the morning for our ascent from the Boulder Field. Awesome mountain.
Posted Aug 12, 2007 7:43 pm

heather14Keyhole Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2007


It was a great day to do Longs...watched the Perseids as we hiked up, great sunrise, great weather and great people.
Posted Aug 12, 2007 6:52 pm

Art VandalayFun Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2007

Art Vandalay

Crowded but fun.
Posted Aug 7, 2007 11:08 pm

chilkootKeyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2007


We were a little worried about the altitude on this one since our only acclimatizing climbs were Panorama Point and Mt. Sunflower, but things turned out pretty well. My partner (almost 30 years older than me) was feeling the lack of oxygen, but not seriously enough to turn back. (He sprung back and climbed two other 14ers a couple of days later.)
We had clear skies and a full moon to start our hike, so I didn't use my headlamp except to read the trail signs. There were throngs of people, some seriously focused on this as a culminating event of their entire summer, others out a for a typical day of hiking. I loved every bit of the day as this trail gives you a variety of terrain and scenery. The ledges, the trough and the narrows were each fun in their own way and the summit was full of proud hikers passing out congratulatory remarks. One Harry Potter fanatic even schlepped the newly released Book 7 up to the summit and lounged while he read.

We felt fortunate that the weather held out until we got back down to the Boulder Fields, when the thunder and rain let loose on us. We felt even more fortunate that we scored the last spot in the Longs Peak Campground the night before and didn't have to drive anywhere once we got back down. My first Colorado 14er.
Posted Aug 6, 2007 11:56 pm

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