Longs Peak Climber's Log

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TM - Apr 10, 2006 5:17 am

heavenly place  Sucess!

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.


dunsum - Apr 4, 2006 10:24 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 1992

Notch Couloir  Sucess!

Car to car solo ascent - mainly an excercise in ignorance.


sammyjay - Mar 27, 2006 2:38 pm

summer climb on a saturday  Sucess!

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'....


altitude14er - Mar 17, 2006 5:17 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2005

Keyhole Route via Long's Peak Trailhead  Sucess!

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.


Bill562 - Mar 9, 2006 5:37 am Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2006


Camped at Black Lake. Good mixed climbing though in the Trough -rock, snow and ice. Turned around where the Bulls Eyes start.


NanitaD - Mar 9, 2006 5:02 am Date Climbed: Sep 8, 1979

First of Ten  Sucess!

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.


MarieP - Mar 6, 2006 4:28 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2005

Kiener's Route  Sucess!

Beautiful day!

Rocky Alps

Rocky Alps - Mar 4, 2006 7:58 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2005

Keyhole Route  Sucess!

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.


markhyams - Mar 3, 2006 12:10 am Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2003

Keyhole Ridge  Sucess!

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!


markhyams - Mar 3, 2006 12:08 am Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2000

Keyhole  Sucess!

6th time. Couldn't keep me away, after only climbing this route two weeks earlier. No wonder it is so crowded!


markhyams - Mar 3, 2006 12:07 am Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2000

Keyhole  Sucess!

5th time up the peak, third time on the Keyhole. Pretty normal day on Longs, lots of people.


markhyams - Mar 3, 2006 12:06 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 1999

Yellow Wall  Sucess!

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.


markhyams - Mar 3, 2006 12:04 am Date Climbed: Aug 30, 1998

Clark's Arrow  Sucess!

3rd time. I returned this time via a different route, and with much more experience under my belt.


markhyams - Mar 3, 2006 12:02 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 1993

Keyhole  Sucess!

Second time up, this time with cold winds and the confidence of an 18-year-old (me).


markhyams - Mar 3, 2006 12:01 am Date Climbed: Jul 26, 1993

Keyhole  Sucess!

My first 14er ever. The start of a life-long obsession with the Colorado mountains.


Alpinist - Mar 2, 2006 4:31 pm Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2005

The Trough

We attempted the summit from Black Lake but were moving much too slowly in winter with the heavy gear we brought with us. We turned back somewhere above the Keyhole route around 2:45pm. Next time I'll camp above Black Lake and take a day to acclimatize before the climb.

Attempted again in April 2009 but 2 ft of fresh snow and 50MPH winds created dangerous avy conditions. I never even stepped foot on the mountain. Hiked into Glacier Gorge and camped solo for the night and returned the next morning. That's the risk you take when you live out of state. You roll the dice, buy a plane ticket and hope for good weather. But it was not meant to be. Third times a charm?


RMdaytripsgrl - Feb 27, 2006 3:16 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2005

Route: Keyhole  Sucess!

Being much more experienced, this time was much "easier", dare I say, but still a challenge (how can it NOT be?)...With friends from the OC, they did really well. Scary weather this time, had to boogie down from boulderfield.
Next on Long's agenda: winter ascent via loft route!


RMdaytripsgrl - Feb 27, 2006 3:08 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2002

Route: Keyhole  Sucess!

Left at 2am, returned to car at around 4pm - What a long day! The Trough/Narrows/Homestretch took everything I had and I totally bonked on the way out. Was the most difficult climb we had done at that time. Beautiful weather the whole day, an unusual gift on Longs.

Snidely Whiplash

Snidely Whiplash - Feb 23, 2006 4:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 1983

Keyhole Route  Sucess!

Left at 2:30 A.M. Beautiful moonlit night. Made the Keyhole by 6:00, and the summit by 8:30. The Park Service still considered the climb "technical" due to the huge amount of snow and ice on the route. 1983 was a late season. Lots of snow probably helped in the Trough, but the Homestretch was a lot more challenging with ice clogging up the upper rocks. A little scary coming down. Back at car by noon. It was smart to go early. All parties after mine and another all turned around due to storms that hit around 9:30 A.M.


foreverwild - Feb 21, 2006 12:29 am

Just short

Climbed solo in mid Novermber 2004 only person to proceed beyond Keyhole, Trough was slow breaking trail alone, turned back on Homestretch due to poor snow and a broken crampon.

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