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TracyKeyhole route w/snow falling  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2009

Tracy

Hiked with Steve Dush to the Keyhole and then I summited by about 10:00 after a 4:00 am start. Lots of people on the way up and on the way down, but I shared the summit with only one other person - probably because a snow storm had started in earnest right before I topped out. I reached the top of the "Homestretch" as a mob of hikers was coming off of the summit plateau and they were warning everyone else coming up to turn around. I was too close to give up on it. Got back to the car at 1:30 after a rather treacherous (slippery) descent.
Posted Sep 13, 2009 5:09 pm

metal4lyfmy first 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2009

metal4lyf

this was punishing, but worth it. scary exposure in places. started 12am, returned to TH at 1pm.
Posted Sep 13, 2009 4:23 pm

pyergerwinter time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2007

pyerger

Hiked into black lake, and climbed the trough route. Climbed this with some friends, which included Lygon Stevens, who passed a year later, in an avy, on Little Bear. She loved to climb. 8/15/10 kieners route
Posted Sep 9, 2009 10:06 am

armorfootYeehaw  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2000

armorfoot

I was glad to have done it on a weekday. The weather blew, but it was worth it.
Posted Sep 7, 2009 7:24 pm

eric-grizCrazy Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2009

eric-griz

Parked the car at 3:30. There were already 100s of cars in lot and along the road. When we made it above treeline you could see a line of headlamps snaking up the mountain. I've never seen so many people on a mountain before. My brother and I made summit at 8:45 and were back to the car four hours later.
Posted Aug 30, 2009 11:45 pm

ducati382nd Summit!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2009
Picture-perfect day, no wind, lots of sun - rain later so hopefully others made it down before the rocks got wet like we did....:)
Posted Aug 24, 2009 3:52 pm

belexesKeyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2009

belexes

Meetup.com hike. I had 6 people sign up, but only one other person showed up. We started at 3:15AM, summited at 9:45, took a nap at the summit, and got back to the trailhead at 4:15. We hit the jackpot with the weather. It was sunny and warm for most of the day, and it was dead calm on the summit! We did get some light rain, with distant thunder when we got down below the Chasm Lake junction, but that soon passed and the sun returned when we got back to the trailhead. It was a long, hard day. I got a mild case of altitude sickness on top, but I had a great time. Lots of interesting rock formations and banded rocks.
Posted Aug 24, 2009 2:48 pm

Sarah SimonKeyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2009

Sarah Simon

What a lovely day on an awesome mountain. I forgive Longs for the crowds that flock to it, because this is one fantastic mountain and a blast of a route. Jill and I got a bit of a late start, not hitting the trailhead until 2:55 AM (heh heh) but I loved watching the sun rise on the Keyhole. Minus the dad who made his 12 year old daughter cry on the Narrows, I had such a blast this day. Partner: Jill.
Posted Aug 23, 2009 8:59 pm

aedwardsKeyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2009

aedwards

Hiked up in total fog, camped at boulderfield. Short but strong hail storm in the evening. Got up and hiked with others camped out there.
Some hail on the route past the Keyhole, esp. on the home stretch.
Otherwise awesome, and I think a relatively low-traffic day.
Posted Aug 15, 2009 11:17 am

Kieferkeiners  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2009

Kiefer

tagged the extremly windy summit after a strange weather morning on Kieners Route. This route is bad-ass!!!!! 7th summit.
Posted Aug 9, 2009 9:11 pm

Dangers PopKeyhole Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2009

Dangers Pop

Now this was a hike! I'd been wanting to hike this mountain for years. Arrived at parking area at 0330 only to find it completely full. 0400 start with headlamp. By the time I made it to the keyhole the weather was rolling in. Some were turning around, but the bands of dark clouds didn't look too crazy. Made the summit on some slick granite. Well worth the effort...
Posted Aug 9, 2009 2:45 pm

Wiktoria PlawskaKeyhole + Longs- Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2009

Wiktoria Plawska

Glad to have summited! Woke up at 3 a.m. at the trail head at 3:40 a.m. With headlamps we hiked up to the keyhole. Rested, and were at the summit at around 10:20 a.m. ?
Large thunderstorm when below the boulderfield, hail, freezing rain, freezing air. Thunder booms everwhere! Got back to the car at 3 p.m.
Very good solid scarmble!
The best i have done in Colorado!
If you are near Denver, this is one you must do!
Posted Jul 30, 2009 1:44 pm

ericdLong 12hr 1-day climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2009

ericd

A classic class III wrap-around scramble with multiple rock slab pitches past the Keyhole. Flat top summit with no survey marker was different. T-storms made for a wet rock descent. Friendly climbers added to the safety on this route and rock fall wasn't too bad. Might suggest staying at the hostel in Estes Park but never been. Car to car in 12hrs. Anyone find similar to climbing mt Whitney?
Posted Jul 28, 2009 12:20 am

billhbaileyCrouded keyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009
Started at 10 AM, Ranger Station (9,400). Followed Trail to where it disappears into the boulders, just before keyhole. Hit the ridge at just about 11:45 AM (1:45). Due to scads of people and fear of falling along “keyhole” it took 56 min to do last mile. Total time to the top was 2:41, but considering the large switchbacks (signs everywhere saying not to shortcut) on the way up….At least 30 minutes could be cut off by shortcutting up to keyhole and 15 minutes if nobody was in the way on “keyhole”. Total round trip took 4:55, back just before 3:00 PM
Posted Jul 27, 2009 11:01 am

LonePeakFreakWorth the Wait!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2009

LonePeakFreak

It feels great to finally check this one off! The scenery and exposure were as good or better than any mountain I've ever climbed. Took about 11.5 hours car to car with great weather and lots of photo breaks. Not as many people as I expected to see on a Saturday.
Posted Jul 23, 2009 3:49 pm

thebeave7Keyhole Morning Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2009

thebeave7

I've lost count, but it was another beautiful midweek day on Longs with not a person in sight. Made the summit in 3.5h even with the heavy snow coverage.
Posted Jul 17, 2009 11:35 am

dirthStrongest wind I have ever seen  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2009

dirth

Camped at Boulderfield. Were planning on getting up at 4 to summit by sunrise but the winds were crazy even down in the Boulderfield. Decided it was safer to wait until sunrise to start. Winds were 60+ in the Keyhole and several other wind funnels (near the top of the trough, on the bend in the narrows, and on the summit). Had the summit to myself for about 30 minutes and tried to stagger around and take some pictures.
Posted Jul 9, 2009 12:51 am

km_donovanSecond time around  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2009

km_donovan

Went Lambs Slide to The Loft to Clarks Arrow to the Home Stretch and then rapped the Cables Route. Got to the Boulder Field and a monster storm hit. 60+ winds and snow, several in our group were blown over.
Posted Jun 29, 2009 8:32 am

lloydKey Hole  Sucess!

lloyd

I'll never forget those bull's eyes!
Posted May 13, 2009 11:46 pm

JB993 Summits to Date  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2007

JB99

Climbed first via the Keyhole, then twice via the Loft. Once solo to spread a lost friends ashes. Longs is a special peak, attempted the Trough earlier this year but the mountains commonly harsh winds turned us back. Trip reports found here; http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=3400&parmuser=JB99&cpgm=tripuser; http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=5004&parmuser=JB99&cpgm=tripuser; http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=5152&parmuser=JB99&cpgm=tripuser
Posted May 5, 2009 4:11 am

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