Did this with Peter (pksander) and CharlesD yesterday. This was quite a long day, but super fun and with great company. It's been 11 years (almost to the day) since I did Kieners the first time, and it was just as cool as I remembered it.
Pictures are posted here, if anyone is curious about route conditions:
One of my first few 14ers, but the most intense thus far. It was my introduction to exposure and, although it wasn't exactly difficult, it was definitely mentally trying. Loved it...but what's not to love?
Beautiful mountain, the surrounding area was covered in a mist as well. Rocks towards the top are slick due to heavy use.
First Summit of Longs! Really enjoyed the snow climb up Lambs Slide. Route is still in excellent condition!
A very appropriately named peak (whether intentional or not). Very long. But very amazing as well. Incredible views of Rocky Mountain NP. We didn't think we'd have a chance with the weather forecast, but turned out to be pretty decent.
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.