I climbed it once, in the summer of 1999. It was fun - I would like to return some day.
Longs Peak via the Keyhole. Cruised up to the Keyhole in about 2.5, a little slower going after that avoiding a little snow and since it was my first 14er of the year. Mostly easy Class 3 above the Keyhole, will be easier once it dries out more. Car to car in a little over 8 hours, including an hour on top. Mellow, pretty boring hike below the Keyhole.
hiked up to the boulder field and camped the night and tagged the summit the next morning.
aug 2010, soloed the cables up and down on a friday. it was pretty dry, and not too exposed. saw one other party on the summit
I was shooting for a 4am start, but finally got my act together and was on the trail by 5. The trail was quiet on my ascent: ran into a total of 6 hikers/climbers. After the keyhole, had everything to myself. Leading up to the Trough was real slick, and the Trough itself was frozen sunbaked snow at 8am. the climb wasn't bad, but the narrows were iced over and sketchy. By the time I made it to the homestretch, things had softened up. Aside from an ice crux at the bottom, it was straight forward. 5 hours up, 3.5 down. REMEMBER to bring ice Axe and crampons!
Highlights: 5 am was to late to start. Broadway ledges were covered in wet snow and very sketchy. The crux cracks were wet and full of water ice and slush. Lightning was prevalent all around us. However, it cleared up around the summit. This route is superb if you can catch it in good conditions and even better weather. Cheers! 15 hours in bad conditions/weather.
Long day for a flatlander.
Climbed with my Father
Started at Glacier Gorge - camped at bottom of hill below Black Lake (too windy up higher). 6 of us in group - 2 made it to the top. Snowed all day with lots of wind on the ascent - could not see our footprints in the trough on the way back down. Very little snow on the narrows (just when we wanted to quit). Extreme wind on the summit meant no time for pictures, just had to get back down. Some wind/frostbite on my face as a result (battle scar). Lost a lot of weight that day - not always "fun" but definitely an epic climb. Would love to do the Keplinger route with someone some day.
Had a nice day up Lamb's Slide, excellent weather. Wanted to climb the Flying Dutchman but it wasn't quite ready.
Hiked with Emily, Adam and Ursula.
Another beautiful day in RMNP!
With Emily, Tanya and David
Climbed with Emily, Jim, Austin, Beau
Had to turn around early on due to really windy conditions. a couple of guys in my group made it to the keyhole but windy conditions kept them from continuing as well
Used the Keyhole route. Super snowy in March 2007.
This is an enjoyable climb via the same route that John Wesley Powell's party logged the first offical ascent in 1868. Much less travelled than the standard Keyhole route. Camped at Sandbeach Lake. Awesome, beautiful scenery abounds!
First Mountaineering experience. Summited consecutive years at the ages of 8 and 9.
Today I'm browsing pics and looking back nearly nine years at the day I climbed Longs Peak (keyhole route). What an experience! I hope to do it again this year - I'm pretty fit for 50, but I know the window of opportunity is closing. Anyone who's summited can attest that you see very few 'old' people at the top!
Great trip until hitting the wall of people... Did Meeker first.
I took the desolate Keplinger's Couloir route, which included a bushwhack from a sandy lake, crossing the creek of another alpine lake, and then heading straight up from the south. It was very much fun trying to find my way around the top, climbing around the rocks and ultimately determining that I'd climbed the couloir to the very top and that the shoot-off to the summit had been further below. At the summit the fog came in and I descended quickly, becoming battered by monsoons once I had gotten back to the treeline (phew!). Highly recommended route for the lovers of wilderness and haters of tourists. There was of course no snow in monsoon season.