The Ledges and the Narrows are completely dry. The first 2/3rds of the Trough is free of snow and ice, but there are some damp spots. About 2/3rds of the way up the Trough is a large slab of ice and snow. The slab can be avoided completely and safely by keeping to the left. I saw a few small patches of snow on the Homestretch Some of the chutes were wet, but I saw nothing dangerous. The weather was beautiful, and there had to be at least 100 people who made it.
Longs Peak was so spectacular that I will likely return here sometime. It was a very difficult climb because I was dealing with fatigue due to the altitude, yet at the same time I had to be careful that I did not fall in the scrambling areas such as the Trough or the Narrows. I saw a marmot in the narrows and got a close-up photo of it!
See my trip report and pictures here:
Started as a hike to Chasm, weather held, so I summited. Great day. The Narrows provides a nice intro to exposure for those seeking to up the ante.
Feb. 12, 2006: summit via Keyhole. Fun intro to using my new crampons! Perfect weather.
There was still alot of snow on the route, enough that we did'nt rope up. It was a beatiful day until decent when the T-Storms came in. I think I got a record decent time! This was my 2nd Longs summit. My first was in September last year but this trip was alot more fun!
3 different attempts... no successes. You may remember the guy that died up there last year. I was camping in Boulder Fields that night - we tried calling for him, but weather didn't allow any further attempts... it's weird being a couple of miles from a dieing guy unable to do anything. Wisely, I quit before weather came in the other 2 times... both resulting in snow by the bottom of Boulderfields. I think this mountain hates me. Maybe I'll try again some other day.
First mountain & first summit! Woo! Hella intense but would do it again in a heartbeat. :)
I didn't have a place to live when I first moved to Colorado so I figured I'd go hiking...
Camped for 3 nights. After the first night I woke up early to find that the route was covered in hard ice and some deep snow. With only and ice axe and no cramp-ons i managed to build steps up the trough. The home-stretch was a bit sketchy with ice slanting towards the ledge, but nonetheless i made up and down safely.
tried keyhole route and was denied by the trough snow as it was rock solid and unaggrable to some in party, retreated and had an easy time up the cable route. One small move needed at the choke, otherwise a straight snow walk. fast 12 hours rouund trip. started 2 am.
This was my first 14'er. Second attempt on Keyhole after rain turned us around before the Boulderfield the first time. Wind was so high on summit day that the Keyhole sounded like a freight train all the way down in the Boulderfield. Got blown back through it on the way back racing a storm. Bad AMS and dehydration to boot. Can't wait to climb this peak's other routes.
Get in line!
Successful summit attempt on Cables, 9/03. This would be a good intro to alpine climbing. There is not a lot of climbing, however, it does require some stamina as you still have to hike a ways.
Shut down on the Keyhole route just past the Narrows. High winds nearly swept me off the Peak. I had to duck for cover and then finally decided to bail. Bummer.
An awesome day on an awesome mountain! Sunny all day, almost no wind. Snow was a little soggy in the bottom of the Trough but improved in the upper half.
Woo-hooo!!!! 1st 14er ever! (many more to come:-) It was great, yet quite a shock~ We started at 2am, hit horrible winds around 5:30am, but kept on trekking, hit the keyhole, & freaked out! Yep- I LOVE hiking, but this was my first "scare" ...it was foggy the whole way along the narrows clear to the summit, couldn't see a thing below us... but it was worth it:-) After being on the summit for 45 minutes, it cleared up a bit for us so we could at least see out! Sunshine followed us the whole way back down. All in all it was a blast... heart pounding and all!
I climb Longs again for my 50th birthday. Forgot how daunting the Trough, Narrows and Homestretch were.
I was 11 years old and didn't know enough to be scared. My Dad says he still has nightmares about the ascent and descent through the Trough.
There was a little rain on the way down.
It was everything they said it was!! Camped in the boulder field. Weather was all over the place....snow, sleet, rain, wind......you name it. Keyhole was frozen
up with the wind howling thru it like a freight train.
Very treacherous icing everywhere. 90% of the
climbers turned back. We held on and summitted
at noon. Great mountain to climb!!