My team and I set out from the University of Denver to take Longs Peak. I didn't know I was on the verge of being severely dehydrated. So after high-altitude hiking onward and dodging rock spiders on the boulderfield I felt the need to relieve myself and when I did...OMG...my urine was blood red. I drank as much as I could and continued onward to the summit. Fortunately, I didn't have a kidney infection and the clear yellow urine returned 24 hours later :D Wooo Hoooooooo! I'd never hike again without properly hydrated! :)
One of the longest climbs on a fourteener for me yet. Started at 3am and was back to the car at 3pm. Long day.
Would be much better without the people. The 2 others in my party turned around at the boulder field. Barely missed sunrise on the peak beause we could not sleep in the car in the parking lot. Started way too early, or should I say late.
Beautiful, sunny, Easter 2006. I spent 16 hrs. of it getting up and down on the North Face route. Varied snow conditions. Warm temps and very little wind.
Long day. 17 hrs due to bushwacking, and long approach. Connected with the main route at the Keyhole final slab.
Awesome hike, got an early start on a weekday, and beat the crowds on the way up. Dedicated to my late friend and coworker Melanie. Threw out a few m+m's for her on the summit.
I love Long's, and the cirque around chasm lake. Heavy!! Have enjoyed climbing on the Diamond, skiing the Trough, and camping in the boulderfield on the way to hiking the Keyhole. A special place.
Car to car solo ascent - mainly an excercise in ignorance.
There were a lot of people, but I certainly wasn't expecting a Wilderness experience. Before we left I spent weeks pumping up my group of high school kids about the importance of safety, hydration, warm clothes, and the like. They were all appalled and a little frightened I think, when we saw a dude just after Chasm lake wearing nothing but shorts and a tank top with a liter of Coke in one hand just after sunrise. Talk about a 'teachable moment'....
I climbed from trailhead to summit in 5 hours. What a workout. Don't expect to get any solitude on this one! It is a "social climb" My summation? Long's Peaks difficulty is overrated but enjoyable.
Camped at Black Lake. Good mixed climbing though in the Trough -rock, snow and ice. Turned around where the Bulls Eyes start.
My first time up Longs Peak was via the Keyhole route with a group from the Loveland Mountain Club. Since then I have climbed the Keyhole Ridge, Cables, Kepplinger's Couloir and the Keyhole route for a total of 10 times to the summit out of 14 attempts. When we summited Keplinger's in April we were the only ones on the summit...a rarity on Longs. My last time to the summit was by the Keyhole route, solo. Each ascent holds special memories for me.
It was pretty easy-going until the Keyhole. After that it was fun scrambling and amazing views all the way up to the summit, especially looking down into Glacier Gorge. Despite efforts to start early enough, the group I was with wasn't acclimatized to the elevation and had to go quite slow, which caused us to get caught in the middle of a lightning storm on the way back down. See "En'lightning' Experience" trip report for details.
Climbed this on my b-day that year, and my awesome partner whipped out some cupcakes and candles on the summit for a surprise celebration. All the other climbers on the summit joined in the singing!
6th time. Couldn't keep me away, after only climbing this route two weeks earlier. No wonder it is so crowded!
5th time up the peak, third time on the Keyhole. Pretty normal day on Longs, lots of people.
Did this route on the Diamond guided, with none other than alpinist Topher Donahue. When we were done, he told me, "that was that hardest route I've ever guided." and I said, "great, because that's the hardest route I've ever climbed." Still is. We summitted at 2:30 pm and had the honor of having the summit to ourselves, for all of 15 minutes.
3rd time. I returned this time via a different route, and with much more experience under my belt.
Second time up, this time with cold winds and the confidence of an 18-year-old (me).