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Re: Kiener's Route/Cables Route Conditions?

Postby MattGreene » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:12 pm

I haven't been up there, but your post caught my attention because I'd like to give the Kiener's a try this year. Anyways, I went onto the National Park website and found a fairly recent update on conditions. Hope it helps!

Trail: Longs Peak
Date: 6/3/12
By: Visitor
To Peacock clear. 2 snowfields to Chasm. Chasm Lake ice 1' thick but starting to break up. Several feet hard snow around lake (walkable). Lambslide: posthole 1' whole way. Alexander Chimney & Couloir-90% snow filled. Diamond-considerable water due to melt. Loft to Clark's Arrow- downward totally free of snow. Keplingers- nearly free of snow, passable with hiking boots. Keplingers to Homestretch is snow filled to Notch. East Face: lots of snow in the Couloir Route, down into the Notch. Upper pitch of Notch Couloir- all wet downward. Homestretch- snowy ledges. All the way to Keyhole little snowy & icy. Trough- still full of snow, but passable. Keeners-lots of snow. The Drunken Frenchman and North Face- lots of good snow coverage that will be good travel if there is a hard freeze.
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Re: Kiener's Route/Cables Route Conditions?

Postby Autoxfil » Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:28 pm

My buddy did NF (cables) on Thursday. The snow is consolidated and most of the eye bolts are exposed. You will need an axe, as there's plenty of snow/ice.

Flying Dutchman and Notch Couloir both looked really good. We did Dreamweaver and there was some loose rock and delaminated ice, but nothing too heinous.
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