Keyhole route, solo. First to summit that day.
Great day, sunny and mild. No ice axe needed. Fun scrambling from boulderfield to summit. 12 hours round trip.
The loft is a wonderful route! Much more fun than the tourist highway keyhole route. A storm the previous night put an inch of snow above 12,000 feet which greatly added to the difficulty, and fun! No matter how many times i climb this mountain it never gets old!! Kieners next time maybe?
Climbed keyhole for the first time last year and loved it. A beautiful day with great weather. I'm headed out later tonight to do it again. The weather looks a little iffy so we'll see how it goes.
Excellent climb. The route lived up to all it's reputation. It is truely a classic. A wonderful "blue sky" day. Moved pretty quickly - 5 hours from Chasim Lake to summit. Part of a two day double header with Mt. Meeker. Thanks Dan!!
Camped at the Boulderfield. First on top at 6:45AM. Had the summit to ourselves for 45 minutes.
Loft up, Keyhole down. We accidently ended up in the Notch from Keplinger's couloir.
After being turned back by terrential rains about a month ago, we made it to the summit with what seemed to be about 5,000 others. The trough is tough.
I climbed this peak several times in the 70`s by the keyhole rt. One time with my Mom, we got plastered by hail and lightning on the boulder field and had to hide under a giant boulder. That was the first time I heard rocks crackle from lightning! Great memories of a superb peak.
Keyhole mule route, repeated two weeks later. Straightforeward approach, sick exposure after the keyhole, enough confused climbers to send me into a four day panic attack. Weather was good on my bid, but if it isn't, you better not get stuck up there. It's an accessable mountain, but don't underestimate its hazards.
Took my little sister.
Keyhole again. Was with a girl friend for her first time (this made it a LONG day, she was SLOW). We ran into some dudes going up to Kieners, and I found myself jealous and contemplating a mutiny. Had a pesky cloud hanging out to the East w/lightening in the morning which made us stop and think...but, we felt that once we turned into Boulderfield, we'd be fine, since this cloud was lower than that, and we'd be shielded up in the bowl...and it was true. First time ever on Long's where I didn't either have hurricane-force winds past the Keyhole and/or get dumped on! Snow is all but gone in trough...Thousands of feet of pleasant scree await you if you come up from Glacier gorge...I need a new route...(not that I don't LOVE sharing this gorgeous mtn with 500 other people on any given day)...next summit of Long's will be more interesting...GUARANTEED.
The Diamond Face is such an awesome wall. After 3 hours of hiking in the dark with our guide [starting from the trailhead of Longs Peak] we arrived at dawn to the snow field above Chasm Lake but just below the Diamond Face. At that site my son Christoph & I marveled at the brave souls who proceeded to conquer that wall straight above us while we got ready for the hard snow ascent of Lamb Slide. The views of the wall from Broadway and the three pitches of technical rock-climbing on Kieners reminded me of the East Face climb of Mt Whitney.
We reached the summit really exhausted [after 8 hours from the trailhead]. The rappels on the North Face descent were fun but the dramatic views of the huge Diamond Face from Chasm View [right below the rappels] should not to be missed by anyone. We observed that the climbers whom we had met earlier at Chasm Lake were still only halfway up the Diamond Face!
The ensuing hike down to the Boulder Field [and beyond to the Ranger station] was a very monotonous, never-ending trek and a real torture for my 60 year-old ankles & knees. Nevertheless, I must emphasize that Kieners is a superb, really unforgettable true alpine experience!
Keyhole route: A fun route on a great mountain. Perfect weather (50's with sun and clouds). The climb was more demanding than I'd expected -- in particular I hadn't imagined that the scrambling would be as sustained. For some reason (out of shape?) the altitude also affected me more than it has in the past. Very crowded but I enjoyed the camraderie.
Fantastic day! Weather was perfect, trail conditions were ideal. Very crowded, but it did not take away from the thrill of the summit.
Camped at the Boulderfield, very fun!
My 2nd CO 14er, but Pikes Peak doesn't really count. On an RV trip through the state (and a very beautiful one it is!) with the kids, and I was hoping to be able to climb something besides Pikes Peak. Started at 4:30a, finished at 10:30a. Perfect weather, wore only a T-shirt all day. If this keeps up, I may have to move to Colorado! Trip Report
Favorite summit so far, and that's # 10. Getting to the Keyhole was very cool, the narrows were fun. The trough was was a cool section as well, but I personally thought the series of ledges that followed were the best part! Started at 3:00am and passed 37, yes 37 girl scouts on the way. Spectacular views! 10hr. solo run
great weather, full moon, great views....
It took us 13 hours but we made it up (and down!) safely. Not as scary as I had imagined. Even the narrows didn't seem as bad as I had been lead to believe.