led jim up the interesting north face to add some spice to his rainier training regimen. the route wasn't overly challenging yet exciting at the same time with a mixture of rock and snow climbing. certainly a memorable day!
This was my first winter technical climb. It was a long day. The technical pitch was easy. Once above the technical pitch, we got off route. It became extremely steep and I became uncomfortable on 65-70 degree snow slopes un-roped. We turned around about 200 feet below the summit. The rappel was fun, and I learned a lot this day.
Despite the sketchy weather forecast for the last weekend of winter, we went for it anyway and lucked out. It was pretty chilly, especially waiting around on the technical section. It was interesting to climb with crampons and big gloves on instead of frictioning up the slabs as you'd do in the summer. 15 hour day!!!
Rejected for the fourth winter attempt on Long's in my life. Tried the day before on 3rd of Feb, very windy (57mph), decided to stop at Mills Moraine and stash most of the gear under a rock to return the 4th. Day was calm and relatively warm (0-10F). Began to snow lightly. Climbed the first pitch of the N face and realized that the "light" snow had accumulated to about 12". Had to retreat. Note to anyone who might come across this: hiking from Boulder Field to treeline covered with 12-18" of champagne powder is very hazardous. Take care. We'll probably try the Trough next time for simplicity's sake. But not this year.
Did this as a mixed route in June one year - a blast.
I climbed this in the summer of 1984, at least it was summmer in Boulder. It was still a snow climb and snowing hard that day. I'd like to go back and do it again on a clear day. Nice climb, was lots of fun.
Climbed many times when the cables were in place, and several times since they were removed.
Soloed this one as a STEEP snow climb. We stayed a little left of the actual route and cruised to the top. I would NOT do this again as there is a significant avalanche risk that would take you plummeting right over Chasm Wall but a great, fun day.