This was the first somewhat challenging climb I did. I have dreams about this mountain, but now they are on the other side. When I return to Colorado I hope to hit Kiener's, Dream Weaver on Meeker, and eventually some Diamond routes. Big Talk.
This was the 1st Colorado 14er of my 7 day outing in this state, during which I tackled 11 peaks. Great first attempt, setup an illegal camp site in the backcountry, met up with some guys from the midwest en route, and together we joined forces to tackle this route and this peak. Crowded on the way down.
First 14er summit.
Dragged my mom up for her 50th bday. Perfect weather, great route. Looking forward to trying other routes (Loft and Keiners).
This was the first fourteener I climbed, so it's a sentimental favorite. We camped at the Boulderfield the night before. Wildfires in Idaho made it slightly hazy, but the views were still great. The perch at the top of the Trough is one of the neatest places I've ever been. Longs is a truly magnificent mountain.
Got 3/4 of the way up the trough, and got caught in a afternoon thunderstorm. We decided to turn around, and head back down. Should have started early, and not gone with such a big group as they were very slow.
Classic Climb. Made it to the top with 3 generations. Me (10) Dad (45) and Grandfather (75).
2nd 14er for Chris and I, 2nd climb of Long's for Scott. Stayed Goblin's Forest-then Boulderfield before summiting on Sunday. On the summit at 8:30am.
Drove from Indiana nonstop to Estes Park...Camped in Goblin's Forest that night...Camped in Boulder Field the second day...Successful to the summit and back down the third day...It was cold(12F) but bearable, very strong winds, storm at summit about 12:00pm, visibility was very little to none, ice on all the rock...had to use crampons and pick from the keyhole to summit and back to keyhole...very challenging
Climbed loft to Meeker than dropped down and over to Longs. Descended via Keyhole in 1995.
2003 attempted North Face. Rapped off after reaching 2nd eyebolt (one long pitch from start of route) due to rotten rime ice that was too thin for screws, but too thick to chip away for nuts/cams.
Picked an awesome day to go. The crowds weren't bad and the weather held nicely.
1st: sept. 2005: Keyhole Route. fun route, very crowded
2nd: Dec. 11, 2005: North Face: made it on our 2nd try: 18hours car2car. one or two of em' spent waiting for the sun to come up in a very cold boulder field.
3rd: July 4th 2006: Notch Couloir: awesom climb, interesting weather. sunshinne/heavy hail/sunshine/cloudy/hail/sunshine? prob. my favorite.
Great, long day. Left the car around 4:00am, returned around 4:30pm. Took an hour long break while rehydrating at the bottom of the Boulderfield. Wife did great...her first 'big' mountain. Next year I'll try Keiners.
This was a grueling and long climb. We climbed Meeker first and then Longs. Nice weather though and we stayed on the summit for an hour.
This was the first fourteener I ever climbed. I really enjoyed the climb, but it was way too crowded. I'd recommend climbing on a weekday or finding a less crowded and thus less popular mountain. Then again, you have to climb it at least once!
Started about 4:45 a.m. Steady progress up to the Keyhole, then picked my route carefully. Snow in trough made things slightly more interesting, but still not yet very technical. Beautiful up top - no wind, and good visibility. Uneventful trip down, about 9h30m CTC - faster than anticipated for this flatlander.
I traveled the Keyhole Route on Friday September 30 and sat atop the summit for a few minutes before heading down to Keyhole to catch the sunset and bivy at the boulderfield for 4 hours before heading back up to the summit for a Oct 1 sunrise show that I will never forget. The ice/snow in the trough was more intense in the dark than it was 7 hours previously in the evening.
I recommend the sunrise show to anyone who wants to see how all the lakes/ponds to the east seem to soak up all the wonderful morning light as the sun crests over the horizon.
Excellent scramble, but too many people and long approach. I was so proud of my mom for summiting with me! If I ever climb again, I would love to do the North Face, Keplinger's Couloir, Keyhole Ridge, or the Keyhole route in winter.
We did this route on our way to Grand Teton. We avoided all the ice and snow by climbing up a crack that runs from the top of the ridge between the North Face and the Diamond; it seemed an obvious route. Check out the trip photos at http://www.intergate.com/~devendorf/LongsPeak-Jul'05/
Fun Climb but more ice and snow then expected