first 14er....long day...beautiful
A really long walk.
Began climbing from the trailhead at 0230 hrs in the rain (I know, not recommended, but had a firm plan to bail if weather did not improve), most importantly by the time we reached The Keyhole and to check the weather coming from the west. Man, looking down at Glacier Gorge will wake you up in the morning. Gives you a perspective of what your up against. Longs Peak has taken many, but fortunately we were not on the list that day. For our full story see my TR.......Longs Peak-Running Down a Dream.
Longs peak via Kieners route was thrilling, fun, and memorable. A great peak worthy of the fame it recieves.
Sprinting up the Keyhole route from Ft Collins, here is where I learned the joys of altitude sickness. Hardly saw anyone all day.
Tons of fun, what a great summit! Large enough to escape to somewhere quiet even when crowded. My first time at RMNP, can't wait to get back to hit more peaks!
Over 14 hours of hiking! What a great day : ) Would have been shorter if the "short cut" had worked out! At least I didn't die..... and, thankfully there were no thunderstorms.
Nice route -- no crowds until the home stretch, and none of those ugly red and yellow targets on the rocks. Perfect weather.
Now I know why they call it "Long's" Peak, since the climb is so d&%# long.
Climbed via the Keyhole route...very beautiful but extremely crowded.
Outstanding sunrise on the face of the diamond.
Hiked with Steve Dush to the Keyhole and then I summited by about 10:00 after a 4:00 am start. Lots of people on the way up and on the way down, but I shared the summit with only one other person - probably because a snow storm had started in earnest right before I topped out. I reached the top of the "Homestretch" as a mob of hikers was coming off of the summit plateau and they were warning everyone else coming up to turn around. I was too close to give up on it. Got back to the car at 1:30 after a rather treacherous (slippery) descent.
this was punishing, but worth it. scary exposure in places. started 12am, returned to TH at 1pm.
Hiked into black lake, and climbed the trough route. Climbed this with some friends, which included Lygon Stevens, who passed a year later, in an avy, on Little Bear. She loved to climb. 8/15/10 kieners route
I was glad to have done it on a weekday. The weather blew, but it was worth it.
Parked the car at 3:30. There were already 100s of cars in lot and along the road. When we made it above treeline you could see a line of headlamps snaking up the mountain. I've never seen so many people on a mountain before. My brother and I made summit at 8:45 and were back to the car four hours later.
Picture-perfect day, no wind, lots of sun - rain later so hopefully others made it down before the rocks got wet like we did....:)
Meetup.com hike. I had 6 people sign up, but only one other person showed up. We started at 3:15AM, summited at 9:45, took a nap at the summit, and got back to the trailhead at 4:15. We hit the jackpot with the weather. It was sunny and warm for most of the day, and it was dead calm on the summit! We did get some light rain, with distant thunder when we got down below the Chasm Lake junction, but that soon passed and the sun returned when we got back to the trailhead. It was a long, hard day. I got a mild case of altitude sickness on top, but I had a great time. Lots of interesting rock formations and banded rocks.
What a lovely day on an awesome mountain. I forgive Longs for the crowds that flock to it, because this is one fantastic mountain and a blast of a route. Jill and I got a bit of a late start, not hitting the trailhead until 2:55 AM (heh heh) but I loved watching the sun rise on the Keyhole. Minus the dad who made his 12 year old daughter cry on the Narrows, I had such a blast this day. Partner: Jill.
Hiked up in total fog, camped at boulderfield. Short but strong hail storm in the evening. Got up and hiked with others camped out there.
Some hail on the route past the Keyhole, esp. on the home stretch.
Otherwise awesome, and I think a relatively low-traffic day.
tagged the extremly windy summit after a strange weather morning on Kieners Route. This route is bad-ass!!!!! 7th summit.
Now this was a hike! I'd been wanting to hike this mountain for years. Arrived at parking area at 0330 only to find it completely full. 0400 start with headlamp. By the time I made it to the keyhole the weather was rolling in. Some were turning around, but the bands of dark clouds didn't look too crazy. Made the summit on some slick granite. Well worth the effort...