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VermontMikeCrowded but fun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2009


Fun route even though crowded.
Posted Mar 13, 2010 11:42 pm

belexesKeyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2009


Meetup.com hike with one other hiker. The parking lot was full at 3AM, with more coming in after us. Great hike in great weather. I felt a little nauseous at the summit, but that's part of the, er, fun.
Posted Feb 26, 2010 5:14 pm

iditarod81Witness to a death.  Sucess!


Another hiker wearing jeans and a sweatshirt was climbing up as we were coming down in snow and hail. We told him to head down with us, but he had summit fever. We found out later that he had perished of hypothermia on the summit. It was really sad. A warning to those unprepared for Longs or any other mountain, I guess.
Posted Jun 29, 2009 2:09 pm

ZachStoneIn line  Sucess!


blah, minus the massive crowds and painted blazes it would have been a blast. thats what i get for going up on a saturday in july i guess. good quality route though
Posted Jun 14, 2009 2:08 pm

sierrasclimberCattle  Sucess!


What a cattle route the spray paint on the rocks was painful to see.
Posted Apr 7, 2009 10:37 pm

ChrisHunleySuccess!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007


After a few attempts via other routes, this was the first time I made the summit. Regardless of the crowds (which are pretty incredible on a weekend in August) this route is a classic. As far as 'Standard Routes' go, this one is phenomenal.
Posted Mar 27, 2009 5:46 pm

Fireman79Keyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2005


I climbed this a while ago but just found this site.

We left the car at 1am and climbed this with headlamps. We summited at 7:20 am. In time to see the sun rise. This mountain holds a fond place in my memory. Spectacular!

The trough is a bear when there is ice! Well so is the home stretch...!
Posted Feb 11, 2009 4:55 pm

Ted EliasonPretty but somewhat tedious  Sucess!

Ted Eliason

The biggest crux is the wind. Otherwise this is a long, somewhat tedious and crowded route on a good day.
Posted Jan 17, 2009 12:00 pm

NarendraOctober ascent  Sucess!


Tried to climb the Keyhole Ridge, but was forced to bail to the Keyhole Route due to snow/ice. The trough was icy but rock slabs provided an easy ascent. Good route overall.
Posted Dec 25, 2008 11:25 am

gbradyMy first 14er
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1980


This route takes for ever, but it makes up for it by showing all the sides of Longs and the magnificent views.
Posted Dec 14, 2008 7:08 pm

DanielWandsneiderClassic  Sucess!


This climb is a classic. No matter how many times I may do this climb, it will never get old. Good climb to expose newbies to class three and exposure (as this was my first 14er)
Posted Dec 9, 2008 7:47 pm

AirborneBuffSolo with Ice Axe  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2004


climb required crampons and an ice axe, but that ensured for solitude at the top
Posted Oct 18, 2008 3:56 pm

kunz82414Yep, this is the route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2003


Keyhole is the way I went
Posted May 2, 2008 9:36 am

Sam PageSolo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 5, 1994

Sam Page

I forget the exact date. I remember interesting mixed climbing up the final stretch.
Posted Apr 19, 2008 9:10 pm

cavufool1st Class III  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2006


This was my first experience with class III scrambling while exposed above treeline. I found it to be a bit sketchy with an injured shoulder and trying to cram my size 12's into the cracks on the homestretch. But after gaining another season's experience and returning via Keplinger's couloir I found a line just to the left of the Homestretch (to avoid the crowd) to be very enjoyable!
Posted Dec 14, 2007 8:04 pm

stevepackSummer 1984  Sucess!


Descended the Keyhole route after a climb of the Cables Route. Interesting day...snowing like crazy, couldn't see very far. Lots of fun!!!
Posted Sep 30, 2007 8:46 pm

argothorLongs via the Keyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 1996


Did the Keyhole route up Longs with my brother after only being in Colorado for 3 days. Awesome views.
Posted Sep 29, 2007 4:29 pm

haytraciWow!!!  Sucess!


This was my first experience with hospital exposure...what a rush!! We were blessed with beautiful bluebird-weather, but were also concerned about the carelessness of some of the other hikers we encountered. Ran into a non-English speaking German guy in jeans, tennis shoes, no pack (or water receptacle) of any kind, and completely alone. (Needless to stay we kept him within view just in case until we made it back to the boulderfield.)
Posted May 17, 2007 2:13 pm

snowhikerA long day  Sucess!


This was a long day about 12 hours
Posted Apr 28, 2007 6:50 pm

shanrickvFirst 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2002


First 14er on my second attempt while I was still a low-lander from Maryland.
Posted Oct 2, 2006 3:39 am

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