Camped in the Boulderfield the night previous. Rained solid from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning. Saturday morning we chose to attempt summit despite incredibly dense fog. Less than 10 others summited that day. Began to drizzle as we descended, so already slick rocks became much more slippery. The Trough became a virtual cascade of streams and waterfalls on descent, making for less than ideal conditions.
Broke camp as soon as we returned to Boulderfield and descended as quickly as possible - not out of fear of lightning, but to return to dryness and warmth.
It was a blast except for the other 100 people going up!!!
fun route.. glad to have had the challenge of winter
involved .. made it that much sweeter of a summit.. great conditions. climbed with
johnnie V. 13 hr day..
My dad and I were facinated with this mountain when our family moved from Minnesota to Colorado. We saw it from our home in the 'burbs' of Westminster, and wanted to 'bag it' as he said. I was 16 yrs old, and it was my first 14,000' mt. We started at 3:30 am, summited at noon, and still got caught in a ferocious lightning/hail storm in the 'boulder field'. We ran to treeline... so exhilarating... I was hooked!
Great first climb. The keyhole really funnels the wind and takes you by surprise. Left really early to avoid the crowds and the resulting rockfall.
Great climb with CharlesD, thebeave7, zenalpinist, brenta, pksander, marella, and Mike. Perfect weather. A bit breezy up high.
Set up a basecamp at Black Lake on Saturday night with CharlesD, Chris, Brenta, Pksanders, zenalpinist, and a few others. Left camp at 530a, nice solid snow up the Trough, wind blasted us intermitently. Minimal ice on the narrows, steep snow up the homestretch. Weather was perfect except the ocassional wind. Up top at 945a. Snow softened up for the ski out from Black Lake in the afternoon(1-2p).
Loft route is as easy as Keyhole and crowds are nonexistent. Done this twice and topped out on Meeker both times before joining Keyhole Route.
Wow that was a long day i did the hike with a girl i meet she tryed one time before but had to trun around she was sick. The day he and i did it she was pretty strong and we did make the summit. Up and back time 12 1/2 hours.
I hiked Longs with my brother, Doug, a few days after he moved to Colorado. We summited in about five hours and the only weather we encountered was wind in the Boulderfield. Doug handled the altitude well and the views were spectacular. A long day, but well worth the hike.
One windy ass day, a little snow. I loved the route, would like to return to do the cables route some day. On the trail by 5, on the summit by 10 and back to the car by 2.
Went Up lambs slide and then freaked out some foks on braod way they hd nop idea wherI came frome and was solo j needed some ime alone after a rough break up . I gues it worked out well enough . I met some col folks on top and had a great home brew they made .All was well with the word a cold beer and near as perfect climb with a amzing strom to top off the day whenwhile enjoying the homebrew!
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We climbed up the Keyhole Route on a saturday during the summer with perfect weather. Mountain was very crowded.
My 1st CO 14er. Was planning on the Keyhole but was convinced to follow this guy I met on the trail up the N Face-soloing the wet slabs was quite an introduction to Colorado! This trip helped me decide that mountains were where it's at!
a bit of snow still, storming for the topout
Took the keyhole route before the snowpack melted out of the trough and while it was slow going with crampons and axe - no crowds to compete with. I had the summit all to myself.
A classic Colorado mountain with the Keyhole route being quite entertaining. Only problem is the hordes of people making rockfall a real danger in the trough.
4 attempts, 3 successfull. Twice by summer Keyhole, 1.5 times by winter Cables. This mountain never disspoints.
Soloed this when I was young & dumb, avoided Lamb's Slide by climbing Glacier Rib to the left of the slide. It was late enough in the year, so I was told, that there would be chopped steps across Lamb's to access the route. The only difficult sections I remember was bear hugging a rock to squeeze through a very exposed traverse $ finding where the route began on the Staircase.
We went up the cables on the North Face, then down the Keyhole route. The cables were icy and slippery; perhaps that is why they were removed years hence.
My friend Tony B and I were 16 years old, and came in from the eastern US. We back-packed up to Chasm Lake and spent one night in the Chasm Lake shelter -- no one else joined us. Tony spent about an hour repairing the bunk. He had a mother marmot sitting on his lap while he took pictures; ptarmigans walked right by.
We were woken up about 4 AM by the mechanical buzzer on Tony's watch (remember: 1971!). In the dark, I made chocolate milk by mistake, and had that milk on my Kellogg's "concentrate" cereal. My strongest memory is of burping up chocolate milk for 1.5 hours until the sun rose and distracted us with the beautiful scenery.
By the time we descended, storms were moving in from the east and west. We picked up our gear at Chasm Lake, and hiked out in a light rain.