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skyward22finally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2009


Finally made the summit at 4:00 p.m. on 04/10/09, 1 day before my birthday. This was my 4th attempt on a mountain that clearly had my number. 1st attempt resulted in a forced bivy (with nothing but the clothes I had) at 13,000 ft. on the other side of the Keyhole from the boulderfield in conditions that disallowed me from finding my way back to the notch. Winds were so violent that day that earlier I was knocked off my feet a few times in the Boulderfield. Loose powdery snow on slab rock was a little unnerving at times between the keyhole and trough. My partner Alex turned back halfway between the Keyhole and trough, feeling he wasn't strong and fast enough to make the summit and return to the keyhole before dark. Felt good to finally make this one, despite too much cloud cover for any views on the summit. Saw ptarmigan and a snowshoe hare on the way down below treeline.
Posted Apr 12, 2009 10:59 am

awillsonLongs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2007


Narrows was a bit scary!
Posted Mar 29, 2009 12:08 am

PablohoneyWhat a great peak  Sucess!


There are so many ways to do this peak, all very worthwhile. Looking forward to the next time back there.
Posted Mar 27, 2009 6:38 pm

ChrisHunleyFirst of many...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007


summits of Long's Peak. Via Keyhole route.
Posted Mar 27, 2009 5:40 pm

COhawkeyeFirst 14er  Sucess!


Climbed in August of 2007 with my brother and uncle.
Posted Mar 18, 2009 2:10 pm

DanielWandsneiderPerfect day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2008


Did the north face. When we were hiking up the night before, a large team was coming down telling us they had attempted four times to make it to the top but was not able to due to the winds. We still decided to keep going despite the strong winds on the way to the boulderfield. After a chilly night, we started out on the north face which was turned out to be a fun, interesting climb. We somehow forgot to bring our headlamps and had to repel in the dark, but other than that it was a great climb.
Posted Mar 18, 2009 2:07 am

KieferTrough  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2009


Sixth time up on the summit. The weather wa so perfect and beautiful, it felt like a mid-May afternoon...definately NOT March. Snow conditions in the Trough were less than stellar but it is still winter. Stable snow though. Summited with 5 others from 14ers.com. Great day!
Posted Mar 15, 2009 11:00 pm

xmtbikerLambs slide couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2007
Great dawn ascent. Practically had the mountain to ourselves.
Posted Mar 8, 2009 10:23 pm

shknbkeTrough winter ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 21, 2009


I finally got a decent weather window to take a shot at Longs in winter, but it still didn't go down w/o a fight. High winds to Black Lake, but then it let up as we climbed. The Trough was in great shape, and the Narrows/Homestretch were reasonable with crampons. Longs is a formidable challenge in winter.
Posted Feb 21, 2009 10:46 pm

ash80It's a beast!  Sucess!


Hiked this one back in August 99, July 2000, and August 2001. A great trip with great variety of different styles of hiking. Getting to the summit was on the coolest things I have ever done. Looking forward to getting back there someday
Posted Feb 16, 2009 11:46 pm

Fireman79Loved it!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2005


Trail was the keyhole. Left car at 1am and with headlamps, we summited at 7:20am Spectacular sun rise for sure!
Posted Feb 11, 2009 5:11 pm

tooantsyAge, good health and cooperating weather were on my side that day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2004


Long's is a special mountain for me since I had no idea what a fourteener was before the idea of climbing one was thrown at me. I came prepared but owe a LOT of our day-hike's success to cooperating weather. Good health and age worked for me that day as well, something we all learn to appreciate as we get older :)
Posted Feb 10, 2009 3:47 pm

Joe_ParvisLucky Weather Window  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2009


Light winds, sunshine, and temps in the 20's. What a weather window! Ascended Trough from Black Lake area. Snow coverage was thin. Didn't see anyone all day but the previous day (nicer weather, if anything) saw 3 summits via Trough and some ski descents. Camped the night before below Black Lake. Saw ptarmigan, bighorn sheep, and snowshoe hare. Winter is beautiful, especially when it acts like Spring. Thank you, weather window; thank you, Longs.
Posted Feb 6, 2009 1:28 pm

SarahThompson8 times, 7 different routes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2003


8/24/03 - Up and down the standard Keyhole route. One of the first mountains I ever climbed. I was a couch potato at the time and making the summit was a HUGE accomplishment.

8/27/05 - Up the Loft to Meeker, over to Longs, down the Keyhole route.

7/21/07 - Up the technical Keyhole Ridge, down the North Face (old cables route). One of my first alpine climbs.

3/15/08 - Winter ascent of the North Face. Cold, windy day. Lots of suffering.

6/20/09 - Notch Couloir with 5.3 rock finish to summit. Down the North Face. Wow!

1/9/13 - Solo winter ascent of Keyhole Route in fairly dry conditions.

8/17/13 - Climbed Kor's Door with Hornsby Direct finish to Broadway. Led P1 and P3 of 5. Perhaps the best alpine climbing I have done in Colorado thus far. Then scrambled up Kieners to the summit and descended the North Face. Another incredible day on Longs.

9/12/15 - As part of the Glacier Gorge Traverse: Arrowhead -> McHenrys -> Chiefs Head -> Pagoda -> Longs -> Storm. Simulclimbed the Southwest Ridge.
Posted Jan 26, 2009 3:06 pm

seeksitLate season climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 1971


My first taste of a high mountain ascent without any training or preparation. I didn't even bring any water. It was a spur of the moment decision to climb Long's with a guy fresh from Iowa. He got altitude sickness at 12,000 feet. I got to the top at 4PM and rushed back down to the ranger station on the east side where my friend was waiting. Less than a week later we had 19" of snow down in Ft. Collins.
Posted Jan 9, 2009 6:43 am

NarendraLongs  Sucess!


Nice hike, avoid the weekends.
Posted Dec 25, 2008 11:13 am

ZachStoneGood walk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2005


but far to many people on the Keyhole route
Posted Dec 14, 2008 12:42 pm

gbradyFirst 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1980


Climbing Longs was one of the best events of my young life. I had just completed a backpacking class in college and wanted to use my new skills. We camped at Jim's Grove and then woke up at 3 AM the next morning. Loved every minute of the climb. The sunrise, the Boulder Field, the Trough, The Narrows, Homestretch all places I will never forget. The summit was unbelievable. The view was incredible. Although it was 28 years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday.
Posted Dec 6, 2008 9:21 am

skyward22Halloween climbin
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2008


Went to attempt Long's Peak again on November 1st, this time via the Flying Dutchman with Kai Larson. We camped the night before near Chasm Lake and headed out at 4 a.m. for the approach around Chasm Lake. Lost an ice screw on the way (found & return to me by George--thanks!!!). Had no trouble with the WI-3 crux but made too slow of progress up the coluior and just abseiled down an ice waterfall on the other side of the Loft before Lamb's slide, then continue down lower Lamb's slide and back to our gear. Overall an enjoyable day.
Posted Dec 1, 2008 1:15 pm

Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2008


Went to solo the Keyhole route. Left my place in Boulder at about 3 AM and made my way to the Boulder field fairly quickly. The temperatures were okay for late October but the wind was horrendous as I was getting occasionally knocked off my feet to my ass while trying to fight the gusts. Maybe 70 mph gusts as low as the Boulder field? Went up to the keyhole and waited in the hut for an hour to see if the wind would die down any. Made the decision to continue and made my way across the boulder field to the trough. However, with technical conditions and no bull's eyes visible, I got a little off route and ended up having to down climb some 4th class snow/ice mixed. Got to the trough and up to the Narrows. Decided (painfully) to turn around here because of the wind, which was even worse. Didn't feel my getting blown off the ledges. Got a little off route again on the way back and didn't make it back through the keyhole by dark and had to settle in and bivy for the night at 13,000 ft. Very cold, very windy. My emergency bivy bag ripped in the wind so I ended up sleeping on my pack off of the snow. Luckily had my double plastic boots on and my down jacket, as well as my softshell. Stayed warm enough but was pretty much shivering the entire night and didn't sleep much. A miserable experience but a good learning one as well. Learned much more than I would have in making the summit on a summer day.
Posted Dec 1, 2008 1:11 pm

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