2nd time i have summitted, and just like last time i told myself that i need not ever go again. LOL. I am seriously considering going back next week with my little brother (its only been 3 weeks since). It is that kind of experience. It makes an impression on your soul.
Two different hikes one to the keyhole and one after the keyhole. First time hiking with exposure and my mind was a mess. Made it up and I was very proud of myself. Outstanding climb.
Still one of my favorite mountains, except for the crowds.
What a day. Middle of july and climbing in crampons. Sleet on the descent, wet rock all around. Still my favorite mountain.
This was my goal mountain for the year (WOO HOO!). Unbelievable views of glacier gorge. Shared the mountain with WAY too many people. Great experience, though. I was trained properly and conditioned for the distance, so it was mostly just a walk in the park for me. :)
What a lucky day- first person on Longs summit via the Keyhole route for ten whole minutes. Fun route, great views. Hope to do Longs and Meeker via the loft sometime soon.
Knocked off the Keyhole with the Gnomeboy!
After summitting Meeker via the Iron Gates, we climbed the portion of the Loft Route from the Loft beyond. We actually found Clark's Arrow, which was something of a surprise. It's wild to see all the people on the Keyhole Route above you as you climb next to the Palisades. We then traversed to Pagoda Mountain. If climbing Meeker, Longs, Pagoda, Storm, and Lady Washington in a day is the "Grand Slam," then I guess we did "The Two-Man Homerun"? A trip report is available here.
We also climbed the Keyhole Route on August 11, 2001. A friend of Erin's had climbed Longs the week before, so we set out to do the same. I don't imagine many people climb Longs as their 3rd 14er (many more probably do it as their 1st, eh?), so this was a rude awakening after climbing Grays and Torreys a month earlier. 5000' is a lot of elevation gain for the uninitiated, and we were wiped out for a couple of days afterward. We left the TH at 3:30 a.m., and we took 12 hours RT, I recall. A t-storm rolled in as we were leaving the Boulderfield during our descent.
Started a long day of hiking/climbing at 4:30AM. From the keyhole to the top of the trough was icy and wet presumably from the snow and rain one day earlier. The homestretch was also wet and slippery. We made it to the top just in time to get schetched out by approaching thunderstorms. We decended via the snow in the trough and proceded down the lengthening trail to our car.
This climb was my first 14er, and what a dousy! Left the Long's Peak trailhead at 4:45 am, a bit behind schedule. Got a super sunrise above the Chasm Lake trail junction before continuing on. I was suprised at all the folks who were not wearing or carrying adequete gear for bad weather. Very windy in the keyhole and along the Narrows. Approx. 40 people on the summit at 9:15 am. A very long hike took me about 5 hours to descend. (don't wear newish shoes!) All in all a great climb and great mountain. I look forward to climbing it many times over the next few years. Cheers!
Climbed with jhansen007. My first 14er and my first snow climb. See his post below for more details.
My third summit of Longs -- I really should try some other 14ers one of these days. Quite a bit of snow from Chasm up to the Loft -- crampons and an axe were useful today. Left trailhead at 4am -- on the summit around 10:30am. Snow still in the Homestretch and the Narrows. The Trough had so much snow we glissaded down it -- much more enjoyable than loose rock. Going down was slow and we didn't get back to the trailhead until 4:45pm. Weather was kind to us though.
long tiring and scary in one place but fun
with manny from the boulderfield campground. being up early avoided a little of the herd, but it's a popular one.
I've actually climbed both the Keyhole and the Loft and must say that the Loft was much nicer. Less crowded, a little shorter, a lot more fun. Going right underneath the Palisades was quite a treat, too.
Quite an amazing climb. Beautiful route, splendid day and a pleasantly deserted summit.
This is an amazing mountain. There is a route to suit (almost) every ability and taste here. Highly recommended!
After trying to climb Longs in late June (2003) and turning around before the trough due to very icy conditions and the lack of crampons and an ice-axe, we were finally able to reach the summit on this beautiful day.
My wife and I started at 12:30am at the Longs Peak trailhead and reached the Boulderfield by 5am. Since my wife felt a little altitude sick and it was freezing cold, we waited till 8:00am to continue up to the summit which we reached at about 9:30. (There was a large number of climbers on the route.)
Next we proceeded by descending the Loft route and got some questioning looks from the other climbers. (Unfortunatelly we were too tired to also climb Meeker!!). On this route we were the only climbers and some necessary routefinding added to the challenge of the route.
-- Maybe next time we try the Longs Peak Grand Slam as described by Gerry Roach (anyone interested?)
Started in the wee hours to reach Chasm Lake in time for the sunrise. Finished by the Loft Route. Have reached Longs' summit twice, but was turned back another time by unexpected cold and snow.
This summit log is long overdue. I went alone, got to the trailhead at 3:45am. Hiked the wrong way, and met up with an adventurous climber from Michigan. We climbed the class 3 slope up to the ridge. I climbed the pinnacle right across from the Longs summit, noticed where I was, and scurried down to the ridge in 10 minutes. My new buddy was down there. We decided to move on, down 1,000 feet to the Clark's Arrow, and 2,000 feet up the class 3 slope towards the homestretch. I loved this hike. I made it to the summit even though I screwed up the route. As soon as I got in my car, a violent and thunderous hailstorm cracked. I was lucky to get out of there dry.