Keyhole route from Ranger cabin. Hiked with old college friend and some members of his family. One person developed AMS in Boulderfield and descended with another. (Just a reminder for folks to respect altitude sickness if it strikes.) Buddy and I reached top at about 1030am after 7 hours. I always find this route longer and tougher than I predict (this my 3rd ascent via Keyhole). I was a bit tired from a hike up McHenry's the preceding day. Many denegrate the Keyhole route, but I find it a challenging and tiring day. Exciting to climb with my college friend, who had never been much above 10-11K elev before. Fun day.
Perfect weather, good company, great ascent route, finally summited (after getting "kicked off" by adverse conditions last year...) Awesome day!
I'm just a peak bagger . . . Narrows were overrated (with no snow of course), top of trough was interesting, section after Trough was a surprise, but fun exposure!
4.5 hours from trailhead to the summit on my first full day in Colorado (less than 12 hours after leaving Indiana)...I'll take it!
What a stunning mountain! Made our way up to the summit in 6 hours back down in about 5. That mountain kicked my butt in all feasible ways...but what an enjoyable experience it was. Loved the Narrows and the Homestretch, but absolutely hated the Trough.
This entry's purpose is to sign the log. Climbing with my old man and brother (who was 9), Longs was my first 14er back when I was 12. I've climbed it 10 times, reaching the summit 7 of those attempts. I've done both the standard Keyhole route and the North Face (Old Cables) route. I've seen it in the summer, autumn, and winter. I love this peak! It has taught me a lot, including a deep respect for mountain goddesses. The first body I saw, mountaineering, was at the base of the snowfield above the Boulderfield on my first ascent. I can still recall watching the NPS heli load him up (on the skid) and take off. It's amazing how popular mountaineering has become in the last 30 years. Last time I was up in the home stretch, it looked like a crowded, busy city street. I can only imagine what it could be like in another 30! Have fun and be safe!
Left at 2:20am, reached the summit at 7:05am...the three people already there left when I got there so it was just me and two other guys I hiked with after the Keyhole. Lots of fun, very tiring. I took a nap up top to recoup for the trip back down.
My second time on top of this beautiful and dangerous mountain. I love Longs. Had the pleasure of climbing with my physical therapist and her husband from my former stomping grounds of Maryland, along with my Colorado climbing partners, Alan, Robert and Nancy. What a great day!
Climbed with my friend Bill and others. Raining on the hike in, but nice in the morning for our ascent from the Boulder Field. Awesome mountain.
It was a great day to do Longs...watched the Perseids as we hiked up, great sunrise, great weather and great people.
Crowded but fun.
We were a little worried about the altitude on this one since our only acclimatizing climbs were Panorama Point and Mt. Sunflower, but things turned out pretty well. My partner (almost 30 years older than me) was feeling the lack of oxygen, but not seriously enough to turn back. (He sprung back and climbed two other 14ers a couple of days later.)
We had clear skies and a full moon to start our hike, so I didn't use my headlamp except to read the trail signs. There were throngs of people, some seriously focused on this as a culminating event of their entire summer, others out a for a typical day of hiking. I loved every bit of the day as this trail gives you a variety of terrain and scenery. The ledges, the trough and the narrows were each fun in their own way and the summit was full of proud hikers passing out congratulatory remarks. One Harry Potter fanatic even schlepped the newly released Book 7 up to the summit and lounged while he read.
We felt fortunate that the weather held out until we got back down to the Boulder Fields, when the thunder and rain let loose on us. We felt even more fortunate that we scored the last spot in the Longs Peak Campground the night before and didn't have to drive anywhere once we got back down. My first Colorado 14er.
combined the Loft with the Keyhole for a spectacular but long (more than 12 hours) classic day.
Got a late start and experienced an afternoon 14,255 t-storm/hail storm first hand. Made the round trip via keyhole in 9.5 hrs. It was a great experience and the views were spectacular.
This was a great climb with lots of different terrain. Summited in a cloud so I missed out on the view.
Climbed up the Loft route and went back through the Keyhole solo. Really enjoyed the Loft route, but got a D in route-finding in the 'palisades' and went a lot farther down than I would have liked to. Eventually made it, and glad I started early, cause it took awhile.
We left Missouri in the afternoon, drove 14hrs through the night, grabbed some PowerBars at a WalMart and played around Estes Park, slept in the car for about 4hrs before hitting the trail in the middle of the night. After getting off the mountain in the afternoon, we drove another 14 hrs back home.... whew -- a whirlwind tour!!!
Bivied in the boulder field at 12000'. Took the Keyhole Route, but watched a party on the old cables route with great interest, and started learning to climb a month later.
Keyhole route. Next time I'll try the old Cables Route for something more interesting.
Mary and I climbed this route from a camp at the Boulderfield. We hiked up early on July 20 and got a nice spot, although it was boiling hot all afternoon. We woke up at 4AM and were roped up at the start of the ridge by 6AM. It was Mary's first alpine ridge climb and she did fantastic. We simul-climbed essentially all of the route, arriving on top at around 10AM. There were tons of people on the summit who had come up the Keyhole. We descended the north face (old cables) route, which was quick and straightforward. After some lunch, we headed down with thunderstorms chasing us the whole way.