This was my first 14'er. Second attempt on Keyhole after rain turned us around before the Boulderfield the first time. Wind was so high on summit day that the Keyhole sounded like a freight train all the way down in the Boulderfield. Got blown back through it on the way back racing a storm. Bad AMS and dehydration to boot. Can't wait to climb this peak's other routes.
Get in line!
Successful summit attempt on Cables, 9/03. This would be a good intro to alpine climbing. There is not a lot of climbing, however, it does require some stamina as you still have to hike a ways.
Shut down on the Keyhole route just past the Narrows. High winds nearly swept me off the Peak. I had to duck for cover and then finally decided to bail. Bummer.
An awesome day on an awesome mountain! Sunny all day, almost no wind. Snow was a little soggy in the bottom of the Trough but improved in the upper half.
Woo-hooo!!!! 1st 14er ever! (many more to come:-) It was great, yet quite a shock~ We started at 2am, hit horrible winds around 5:30am, but kept on trekking, hit the keyhole, & freaked out! Yep- I LOVE hiking, but this was my first "scare" ...it was foggy the whole way along the narrows clear to the summit, couldn't see a thing below us... but it was worth it:-) After being on the summit for 45 minutes, it cleared up a bit for us so we could at least see out! Sunshine followed us the whole way back down. All in all it was a blast... heart pounding and all!
I climb Longs again for my 50th birthday. Forgot how daunting the Trough, Narrows and Homestretch were.
I was 11 years old and didn't know enough to be scared. My Dad says he still has nightmares about the ascent and descent through the Trough.
There was a little rain on the way down.
It was everything they said it was!! Camped in the boulder field. Weather was all over the place....snow, sleet, rain, wind......you name it. Keyhole was frozen
up with the wind howling thru it like a freight train.
Very treacherous icing everywhere. 90% of the
climbers turned back. We held on and summitted
at noon. Great mountain to climb!!
Was more involved than I thought. Took around 20 hours to complete. Check out the trip report.
We drove up the night before to camp at the TH. We got lost in Boulder and found the Bus Stop, a strip club. We got hammered. We didn’t get to the TH until about 1:00am. We started at 5:30am. We were hella hungover from the strip club. Jim was getting pissed because I kept talking. We got light headed on the way up. I couldn’t believe how many people there were. This was a cool hike for a first 14er. I was thinking some day I will do the Diamond. On the way back the rocky trail was hurting our feet. Long day, didn’t take enough water. 2 qts. each. Summited @ 11:30. back @ the car 4:30pm. Then to the bar in Lyons.
22 1/2 hours round trip. Not sure what it was rated. The route was 50 or so yards to the right of the cables route. Decended via the keyhole route. Climbed it with old Ickabod. Check out his report.
An epic time! Alpine Master and I spent 22 1/2 hours going up the North Face and down the Keyhole. Check out my trip report!
Great winter climb up Longs Peak with Brad Snider. Perfect weather, beautiful views, exhausting and challenging climb, and a sunset summit.
Georg (SP member georgbetsy) and I made a weekend of this. Bush-whacking to Longs Peak in the winter is certainly the way to avoid crowds! Awesome weather, a challenging climb, great views and summitting at sunset made for an unforgettable trip.
My Brother Mike and I did this early in the season and I was surprised how sketchy some sections were especially with ice and snow on the trail. One mistep and it would take the rest of your life to reach the bottom!
Wow! Like the ledges...like the keyhole...saw a guy dodge a watermelon sized rock in the trough...all and all a good day!
It was a great climb, a lot of people there.
Some people "lost" on the mountain , probably expecting something a little easier than it actually is.
I did not take enough water with me and was left with no water for most of the way...not smart.
The route winds up the mountain, and it is really gentle.
Ahhh...the days of youth and stupidity. Three buddies from Kansas, myself being one, climbed this (our first real mountain) with only two quarts of liquid, peanut butter and crackers, and yet stll came home safe and alive, with the climbing bug now firmly entrenched in our blood.
This was my first class 3. What a great hike. It made for a long day trip though.