Longs Peak Climber's Log

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Andrew Vargo

Andrew Vargo - Sep 5, 2005 4:15 pm

Route Climbed: The Keyhole Date Climbed: September 5th, 2005  Sucess!

Very tedius day but fun route. Left at 2:30am and reached the summit by 7:15. Took our time going down and finished at about noon. Fun day.


eapikula - Sep 5, 2005 3:56 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: September 3rd, 2005  Sucess!

Drove to Longs Campground from Rapid City, SD(393 miles). I setup tent & slept for 3 hours before heading out at 5:15AM. I summited @ 11:40AM - Stayed up top for an hour or more - was back in Longs Campground @6:00PM. Maybe need to get more sleep before doing this I know I can get up and down faster than this(I did enjoy the hike, wasn't out to set record, took it all in). However I don't know how people can claim to leave at 5:15AM or later in log and claim summit in in little over 3 hours when I saw only one couple pass me going up and pass me again coming down from the trough. Oh well - Next up Gray's and Torreys Peak. Kind of a busy week hiked up Harney Peak, SD - Thursday evening roundtrip 2hrs 45min, Sunday biked from Deadwood to Hill City, approximately 52 miles with two low tires and no pump, oops.


tdoughty - Sep 5, 2005 1:40 pm

Route Climbed: Keiners Date Climbed: Sept. 2001

Hit the top of the route with Paul Dowdy in a storm. we left the summit for another time and went straight to the rap anchors. fun route!


bernardhohman - Sep 4, 2005 9:41 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: September 4, 2005  Sucess!

Cloudy skies early in the morning had me concerned, but all turned out well. Conditions were ideal, not too hot and not too cold.


kcmule - Aug 30, 2005 12:40 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: Monday Aug 29th, 2005  Sucess!

Finally got 'er done! Climbed with compadre Andy. We did not get to train as hard as we should have for this climb and we paid for it! I admit I was nervous in a few places. But weather was perfect so we kept on slogging 10-15 feet at a time until we finally made the summit. Hiking back took almost as long as going up, but it's done and now we can look forward to new challenges!


jrf - Aug 29, 2005 11:58 am

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August 28, 2005  Sucess!

Finally summited this mountain. I've been worried about this mountain for a while because I tend not to do well on extremely long hikes. My first attempt ended because I was too exhausted to continue. This time we made it just fine in 11 hours RT. My 39th fourteener.


Jonboy71 - Aug 28, 2005 6:10 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole route Date Climbed: 08/27/05  Sucess!

Had a great weather day, and better physical conditioning this year, Made it to the summit in 4hrs 15 mins. The hole day took only 9hrs, vs. 11 hours last year. My next goal is to go up the Loft route and do Mt. Meeker, and hopefully I won't have to contend with the two hundred other people along the route, that I delt with this year.


mack78 - Aug 27, 2005 11:16 am

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: July 27  Sucess!

Fantastic weather, the whole day long !

Great hike, reached the summit at 10am.


Avsfan023 - Aug 24, 2005 9:56 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August 12, 2005  Sucess!

Ideal conditions including a meteor shower in the early morning. Happy Birthday Emily! Good luck Dad, can't wait to see your name on this list!

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Aug 23, 2005 5:48 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August 1985  Sucess!

First 14er


LoriOLin - Aug 22, 2005 6:06 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Route Date Climbed: August 15, 2005  Sucess!

This was a fantastic hike. It started at 2 am, with every start shining in the sky. We had to slow down a bit because the sun had still not started to rise by the time we got to the boulderfield. We waited by the keyhole and watched the sunrise. Fantastic! We were on the summit by 7:30 am, and then decided to hike over to Chasm Lake, another good hike if you don't want to go to the summit. That trail has a steep uphill to it as well though. I definitely prefer scrambling to hiking a well groomed path like Mount Elbert. Made it feel a little bit more like you were climbing a mountain. Both mountains had an equally great view from the top.

rleary - Aug 21, 2005 11:27 pm

Route Climbed: Loft, Keyhole descent Date Climbed: August 20, 2005  Sucess!

Awesome weather! We saw four other people on the loft while the Keyhole was like standing in line from the boulder field all the way to the summit.


powderdreams - Aug 19, 2005 1:32 pm

Route Climbed: "Tour de Longs" Impovised Loft Route (up) & Keyhole (down) Date Climbed: August 18, 2005  Sucess!

Left at Midnight. Basically invented our own way up the loft route since we couldn't find the trail. Turned out to be awesome. Very exciting!!! Most of our loft route turned into a class 4... we even had several class 5 moves and treverses. Should've brought ropes but didn't. Made for a GREAT trip up. Summited at 6:45 and took a power nap for a while. Homestretch was very icy. Keyhole route going back down was lame compared to the loft. Much prefer the loft route.

POWERJL - Aug 18, 2005 11:57 am

Route Climbed: Keyhole Route Date Climbed: August 27, 1996  Sucess!

Whew, what a trip. Even thought this was ten years ago, I won't soon forget it! We did this in one very long day! About 2 miles in, my cousin realized he locked his keys in the car. Instead of waiting, he ran back down the trail (Litterally ran...this guy runs the double dipsy every year) to call a locksmith. I on the other hand, continued climbing now with his an my packs! I made it to past bear flats and almost into the Boulder field before he got back!

Anyway, the weather rolled in as we were ascending the final chute. Made the summit, found the and signed the Peak Reg in the fog and RAN!

Great, great climb, and I'd do it agin, but not in one day!

Jeff Power

Walter Underhill


shknbke - Aug 16, 2005 1:10 am

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2005  Sucess!

You couldn't have asked for a better day as conditions were perfect. The weather held all day and there is now only a few minor patches of ice remaining on the route that can be avoided. Over 200 people on the trail on a Monday! A special place indeed.


edlins - Aug 14, 2005 10:16 pm

Route Climbed: Stettner's Ledges to Keiner's Route Date Climbed: August 7th, 2005  Sucess!

nice linkup, good weather, lousy descent on camel slide after the comparatively pleasant north face

Wendy P - Aug 14, 2005 10:12 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August 12, 2005  Sucess!

What a beautiful day to head to what seemed like the top of the world! But whoever said the Ledges were the width of a sidewalk lives someplace where the sidewalks are 4 inches wide!


shanahan96 - Aug 14, 2005 4:12 pm

rocky mountain six pack

Aug 3, 2003- long, long longs hike. 15 miles with the crowds. next time i'll do the north face during the winter. still a pleasant route

June 29, 2008- up the interesting north face(cables). enjoyable alpine challenge, can't wait to try this baby in winter!

Mar 14, 2009- winter summit via the trough with jamie and layne. bluebird dry with great, compacted snow in the trough from top to bottom. #30/100 and the finish of the front range 14ers in calendar winter!

June 20, 2009- climbed the notch couloir with dominic. broadway wasn't that bad and views were first rate behind us in the couloir!

Mar 2, 2013- another winter summit, this time via the keyhole with emily. magical climbing on the west face, narrows and homestretch. what a day!

June 26, 2014- kieners with steve, more snow/ice than expected led to more rope pitches. super long longs day. the diamond step is fantastic!


Chad Couch

Chad Couch - Aug 12, 2005 5:50 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Route Date Climbed: August 11, 2005  Sucess!

Left trailhead at 3:10 a.m. in a foreboding misting rain. Sky had cleared by the time we reached the Boulderfield. Homestretch was pretty wet in a few places, but only complicated things minimally. Summitted at 9:25. Back to car at 2:45 p.m.


hoopyfrood - Aug 12, 2005 4:14 pm

Route Climbed: The Keyhole Date Climbed: August 6, 2005  Sucess!

Beautiful sunrise, perfect weather, great friends... I couldn't ask for a better day!

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