What a great mountain, but way too many people! I was in the best shape of my life when I climbed this one, car-to-car in 6.5 hours. This was the first time my hair ever stood on end. I'll never forget it. One day I would like to watch the sunrise over the front range from Longs.
Started the day before and hiked up to the boulderfield to camp for the night. The next morning, we left around 6:30am and traversed the boulderfield to the keyhole, then the bullseye route the rest of the way. The only spot we bogged down was in the Trough, which took most of the time.
The route was awesome - the Narrows was cool and the Homestretch was a nice way to reach the summit. Even though this was a weekday, there was still about 20-30 people at the summit. From our campsite, we did the round trip in about 4.5 hours.
It was a great day to climb Keiners!
This was my first 14er, and my climbing buddy as well, It was definitly harder than anticipated, but very rewarding , a truely epic experience!!
Beautiful climb on a nice day. Being my first 14er, the route was surprisingly difficult, but it was all worth it. I was ready to do it again the next day. I didn't like the crowds, though.
Started from Glacier Gorge TH, then ascended the stadard Key Hole Route, with the exception that in the Trough I stayed on the slabs and cracks on climbers left which allowed much more solid and sustained Class 3, highly recommended. Then descended the Trough all the way to Glacier Gorge.
Eric J Lee
I was very happy to go up the Loft - no people and fun route. Keyhole on the way down was a zoo... Real nice to link up the routes. Started 4am, summited 8.30.
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