Longs Peak Climber's Log

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big_g - Mar 3, 2003 3:25 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2002

Route Climbed: Loft to Clarks Arrow to summit to Keyhole down  Sucess!

Long day but ascending to the Loft allowed me to summit nearby Mt. Meeker too. Pretty cool couple of mountains.


tonybell1 - Feb 26, 2003 7:12 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: July 26, 2001  Sucess!

Climbed with my 15 yo son Ryan. First on the summit (8AM).


scvanm - Feb 26, 2003 5:41 pm

Route Climbed: Kehole Date Climbed: July 18th 2002  Sucess!

My 1st 14er!!!! Three in our group had never hiked in the mountains (except Lily mountain on the 16th.) We really took our time up to the Keyhole. Once through the Keyhole my niece (22) demonstrated unbelievable bravery when confronted with the cliffs of the Ledges and the intimidation of the Homestretch. She is afraid of heights but refused to turn back even though we were willing to turn back for her. Longs had wonderful mercy though. We had very minor wind...great weather and we needed it. It still took us 17 1/2 hours. This trip was actually a life changer for a couple of us in the group. It was so awesome we are setting our goal for all 55 14ers.


mtnhiker13 - Dec 26, 2002 2:32 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: June 22, 2002  Sucess!

I first attempted to climb Longs Peak in the summer of 1990 with 3 guys from work. None of us had every climbed a 14er before. I had done a lot of hiking in my day however, I had just moved to Colorado the previous winter and was not used to climbing at such elevation. We left plenty early (or at least we thought) but due to our lack of conditioning we didn't make it to the keyhole with enough time to summit before the weather moved in. We were rained upon most of the descent.

Upon returning to work the following week, people then told me "Heck if you want to climb a 14er - did you know there are lots easier ones you could have started with?", live and learn. At any rate, after 12 other 14ers, I attempted Longs again June 22, 2002. I had many more conditioning climbs under my belt and was ready for the trip. After staring at Longs Peak for nearly 13 years of living here, it was nice to be on the summit. We climbed the mountain during the height of some of the summer fires, so the visibility wasn't the greatest on top, but we had a good group of climbers and a beautiful day otherwise. I would climb it again given the opportunity. This mountain is definitely in my top 10.


zzril - Nov 22, 2002 12:19 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August 1988  Sucess!

This was my first Fourteener, climbed one week after arriving in Colorado from Memphis, TN. Hardest thing I had ever done at that point in my life.


rob_runkle - Nov 2, 2002 8:31 am

Route Climbed: Keyhole Route Date Climbed: August 16, 2002  Sucess!

This was AWESOME!! I've done 9 14ers, and this is by far my favorite, so far. I got a late start (around 7am), but hiked quickly up to the KH. It was quite windy, which caused alot of late starters (like myself) to turn back. I am so glad that I did not turn back. Windy all the way from the KH to the Summit. On the way down, the sun came out, and the windy disappeared. It was tempting to lay down on the granite face (home stretch) and just soak up the sun. It was beautiful. 5 hours to Summit from parking lot and 4 hours back.

Martin Cash

Martin Cash - Oct 31, 2002 4:30 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: July 7, 2001  Sucess!

Dayhiked from the parking lot starting at 3:30 AM. Beautiful mountain, buts loads and loads of other climbers. Waited in line to cross the exposed sections. Made it to the top at 9:00. Back to the car at 12:00 PM. Definately a good workout, I ran out of water on the descent and was feeling pretty crappy at the end.

sandfox - Oct 31, 2002 1:27 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August, 2000  Sucess!

A great one-day climb

Hayesred - Oct 31, 2002 11:35 am

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: July 85, Aug 86, Aug 87, July 89, Aug 91  Sucess!

Great all day climb or 2 day camp. World's best view while sitting on the crapper in the boulder fields.

dmoorecs - Oct 21, 2002 2:09 pm

Route Climbed: North Face Cable Route Date Climbed: October 16th, 2002  Sucess!

"Climbed Long's via the North Face Cable Route. Weather was windy and very cold, making for a brief stay on the summit itself. The route itself was beautiful, but technically unremarkable, except that continual care needs to be taken in the upper 3rd and 4th class sections to avoid a nasty slip. I would also recommend sticky-rubber climbing boots or approach shoes that are crampon-compatible. I unfortunately had to make the climb in plastic boots, which caused quite a bit of flailing on the technical pitches. As a slab climber, I would rate this route as 5.4 or easy 5.5. There was some ice on the 5th class sections, but it was easily traversed. The dihedrals provide secure hand and foot holds all the way up, and you never have to smear out onto an open face. If completely iced up, I could envision this route being several grades higher... I think I caught it during one of the last favorable days before real winter sets it. All in all, an outstanding and classic route. I would recommend it to anyone with some roped climbing experience. "


miztflip - Oct 9, 2002 2:24 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: October 8, 2002  Sucess!

I have done this route before but found it very sporting with a thin layer of snow and ice on the more exposed sections. The alpine start proved essential as the afternoon storms rolled in like clockwork.


rmjwinters - Oct 5, 2002 9:15 pm

Route Climbed: The Loft Date Climbed: July 9 1999  Sucess!

Great and beautiful mountain. Too bad it's scarred from orange bulleyes. Sheesh!


John - Sep 30, 2002 8:06 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: Sept 28, 2002  Sucess!

Hiked with Becca as a snow storm threatened: we saw precipitation in 3 directions, heard thunder 4 times, and saw lightning once. It was the first time for both of us so we both wanted to make the top and just couldn't turn around once we made it to the Homestretch. It snowed for a bit on the descent but still managed to turn into a gorgeous day. About 65% of the people I ran into turned around at the Keyhole or somewhere else short of the summit. I counted 10 people who made the top. Here's a short TR for more information.


bearbnz - Sep 28, 2002 5:35 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Route Date Climbed: Summer 1990  Sucess!

Hiked up the tourist trail, and cruised over to look at the Diamond. Wish I had brought some gear! Continued up to the trough, and on to the top.


ccoash - Sep 18, 2002 2:31 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2002  Sucess!

Awesome climb! My first time to the summit of any mountain. Boy that trough was long!

colin_c82 - Sep 15, 2002 7:35 pm

Route Climbed: Stetners Ledges to Keiners. Date Climbed: August 23, 2002  Sucess!

Climbed up the lower east face via Stetners Ledges-*classic*. finished the route via Keiners. Lonely summit at about 2 pm. No electrial storms. Weird, huh?


shanrickv - Sep 14, 2002 4:28 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Route Date Climbed: August 6, 2002  Sucess!

I had the honor of climbing Longs Peak with fellow member Alan Arnette, who is an accomplished 8000 meter peak climber. It was one of the most difficult things that I ever did, but was one of the greatest days of my life. Coming from sea level in Maryland, I had been in Colorado for almost a week, so I was somewhat acclimatized. Still, the altitude really tuckered me out. I felt that the Trough was the most difficult part of the climb. It seemed endless and I will forever refer to it as "the place where knees go to die." Despite the difficulty of the climb for a novice like me, the summit view was well worth the effort.

Lost Creek Farms

Lost Creek Farms - Sep 6, 2002 11:35 am

Route Climbed: Key Hole Route Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!

Fantastic climb


wayneaflick - Aug 23, 2002 9:14 am

Route Climbed: Key Hole Date Climbed: July 30, 1999  Sucess!

I started at 1:15 AM. At least two people left before me. The hike up to the boulder field was done at night. I stopped at daybreak to watch the sunrise and eat an orange. What a beautiful scene. The diamond face was red. Crossing the boulder field was easy as was the keyhole. The trip to the trough was a minor scramble as was the trough itself. The rock at the top was the first challenge. I went over the right side having failed trying the left. It was easier than it looked. They say the narrows is exposed, I don't know, I didn't look down. The home stretch (see photo), was a lot easier than it looks, but it's still class 3. Spent about 10 minutes on the summit with the 100 or so others, over 107 passed me on the trail before the boulder field. I gave up the orange on the summit. The trip down was uneventful except for the hallucinations. I could swear there is a gravel pit at the Chasm Lake trail. I arrived back at my car at 7:30 PM. Long day


tonyo - Aug 20, 2002 3:24 pm

Route Climbed: Keyhole Date Climbed: August 14, 2002  Sucess!

My 15 year old son and I summitted at 8:00 am in 60 mph+ winds and VERY cold. We were woefully unprepared for the cold, wearing only hiking pants, t-shirts and fleece. The cold wind dried out my eyes by the time we made the summit, and I was practically blind coming back down. Many people after us turned around because of the wind, even after completing the trough.

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