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.
By both Keyhole and Kieners. Love this mtn!
this one took a long time to actually get but was worth it when I got there
With SE Longs. Dad and Don.
Perfect weather, perfect snow. Everything was just perfect. Great camp at Black Lake. The approach was a bit slushy though.
Perfect day, except for some blistering wind around the Keyhole
Did this while working at a summer camp in Estes Park, CO. Big accomplishment!
Snowshoed in during a snow storm and it never stopped. Woke up the next morning to 3' of fresh stuff, started up the peak but turned around because avy danger in the couloir
Took the hubby so very looooong 13 hr day.
Climbed with Tim P. on a crowd free route (until the home stretch)on a misty day with some sleet/snow on the summit.
After Elbert then Massive, Long's was the crowning jewel of the three trails. The weather was fantastic. Heading left instead of right, in the dark, at the crossroads gave me the un-asked for but added bonus of sunrise at Chasm Lake.
With my blind date Bryan, Lee and Jim. Very fun day out in the hills.
Cloudless day on Longs Peak, perfect conditions and not many people up there. Great climb!
First time up Longs. Mostly overcast day but forecasted gusting winds never materialized and it was surprisingly still at the summit. Zoning out on the descent I was drawn, as if by Sirens Song, to the precipice of the False Keyhole. Later viewing it from the Boulder Field whence I regained the route, I was happy to have followed the advice of the weathered sign "do not descend the False Keyhole".
w/ B. Gibbs via Keiner's Route (5am start, 11am summit)
2 weeks later w/ S. Dew via Pervertical Sanctuary
Perfect weather both days - too lucky!
Climbed the keyhole route with my friend Jake. Topped out around 8:00am. I thought the exposure was fine but the capstone at the top of the Trough was a little tricky.
Great route on an incredible face! Unfortuantely, we were stuck behind a party of two and a party of three... slow going. Waiting about an hour at each belay. Decided to bail after four pitches.