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.
It was Friday the 13th, but everything went perfect for me on this climb. The NPS still had a warning posted about the route being a technical climb due to ice/snow. This kept the crowds away even though there was no need for crampons or ice ax. I had perfect weather. It was sunny, clear, 60s, and calm on top. I was on the trail at 4:45am, at the keyhole at 7:00am, and on top at 8:35am. I spent an hour on top eating and napping. I was back at the car by 12:45pm. Nice day.
This was one tough climb for me. I'm mostly a hiker, not a climber. Even though this was my 9th time to be on a 14er, this was the first time I had ever "climbed" one since the others were only hikes.
I was totally out of shape on a spontaneous trip up from Dallas. The 6 mile approach to camp at 12,000 ft. with 50+ lbs. kicked my butt. The keyhole ridge was spectacular and we even had some company that decided to follow us, er, I mean pass us. Had to turn around at 13,600 ft. as storms moved in.
lots of fun. My first class 3
a lot of snow up high (May 04). there were a few people on the trail down low, but no one else made it to the trough.
Going in the middle of the week has it benefits. Enjoyed the summit without the hoards. #53 One to go!
My 2nd time on Longs via the Keyhole...great full-moon climb except for like 700 people going for the summit that day! Fortunately starting earlier than most and going faster than most only resulted in about 30 other people at the summit (summited at 8 AM). Descended the North Face just to be different.
I've climbed the peak via the Keyhole route twice and experienced bad T-storms both times.
Climbed up the loft at sunset on good snow. Bivied in the loft and watched the sunrise from the top of Meeker. Then down toward Clarks Arrow, dropped too far, then ascended the coulier next to Keplingers. Had to navigate around 10ft of ice on sketchy C4, then topped out on good snow. Down the Keyhole, lots of snow, good footing with crampons.