Mount Langley Climber's Log

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Niels79 - Jul 28, 2011 10:39 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2011

Old Army Pass  Sucess!

Camped at Lake 5 Friday with three friends. Went up the steep chute the following morning which took us approximately 3 1/2 hours. Reached the Langley summit at 3.30 PM. Spent a couple of hours at the summit. The Old Army Pass trail seemed to difficult to descent in the dark, so we headed over to New Army Pass, but decided to spend the night at the Pass and then head out in the morning.

One of the most challenging and best hikes sofare! Personally I would not recommend the chute to anyone unless you are very experienced with ice axe and crampons(67 degree (average)) self-arrest is not a possibility. One of our team members had a close call and almost fell down the chute. Should I ever do this route again then I would bring ice tools

The round trip from the parking lot to lake five over Old Army Pass to Langley and back down New Army Pass to the parking lot was 26 miles

Peter50 - Jul 29, 2011 6:15 am

Re: Old Army Pass

That is some kind of ice climb! When I was there on July 22, 2011 there was only one set of tracks in the snow from bottom of Old Army Pass to the top. I am not surprised one of your party almost fell, you have to really be experienced to climb that chunk of ice. I don't think the old army pass will be free of snow until Spetember or perhaps not at all passable without an ice climb this year. Regular hikers like myself need to stay off Old Army and use New Army for the summit trek. It's a great hike.


Niels79 - Jul 29, 2011 10:05 pm

Re: Old Army Pass

I can only agree and we where in over our heads. We saw a young couple with their two dogs that went up the old army pass trail without crampons or ice axes. And we noticed quite a few skid marks from them in the soft snow when we attempted to go back down late in the evening.

When did you summit Friday or Saturday? If Saturday then we must have passed each other on the trail somewhere.

Peter50 - Jul 30, 2011 4:22 am

Re: Old Army Pass

We went up on Saturday so I guess we passed eachother. We got down about 7:30 pm, started at 6 am.

Peter50 - Jul 25, 2011 4:10 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2011

Mt Langely  Sucess!

Hiked Mt langely on July 22, 2011. Old Army pass is snowed in, it won't open until September if at all. Took New Army pass to the summit, 13 hours round trip and I am in good shape. This is a stressful hike. Spectacular views at first lake 4 miles into the hike.


hightinerary - Jul 24, 2011 2:02 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2014

Niner  Sucess!

After my ninth ascent of Langley, I also climbed over The Fin and Woollyback on my way back to the trailhead.


astrogerly - Jul 18, 2011 1:15 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2011

New Army Pass  Sucess!

@dmasten and I climbed Langley via NAP this past weekend. A bit of snow made finding the trail tricky in spots, but overall the climb wasn't too bad. We had tried via OAP three weeks ago and we unsuccessful. This was my first 14er and it was awesome!


b_betts - Jul 18, 2011 11:40 am Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2011

Still snowy  Sucess!

Patches of snow made staying on the New Army Pass trail a bit tricky, but not too bad.

dmasten - Jun 30, 2011 12:32 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010

Via Cottonwood Pass/PCT  Sucess!

A bit crowded, had to do the alternate route of entering the wilderness via Cottonwood Pass. Camped at the west end of New Army Pass trail. Made the summit on day two shortly after lunch. Smoke from a forest fire made the descent less pleasant. Day three, returned the same way I came.

dmasten - Jun 30, 2011 12:26 am Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2011

Early Season

Although we were prepared for snow and ice, the conditions on New Army, Army, and Winter Passes were beyond our ability. Nevertheless, the hiking and camping in the Cottonwood Lakes area was excellent.


Travissmith2251 - Apr 28, 2011 11:00 pm Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2010

Old Army Pass   Sucess!

Amazing Trip


platypii - Feb 10, 2011 1:39 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2009

First time above 14k!  Sucess!

Came from Cottonwood Lakes to New Army Pass. Great views! Learned that AMS feels exactly like a hangover... except more booze doesn't help.


GigaMike - Feb 8, 2011 1:01 am

Different Routes  Sucess!

Been up Langley a few times from different routes. The NE Couloir is my favorite and I also climbed it on my way to Whitney Portal from Horseshoes Meadows as a day hike.


bruceg - Dec 22, 2010 4:35 pm

East Ridge  Sucess!

1978 Northernmost Cottonwood Lake to East Ridge, a little Class 3 just below the summit, returned by New Army Pass


dhoffman - Nov 15, 2010 7:01 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010

Old Army Pass  Sucess!

Fun but tiring slog up the sand to the summit of Langley from Old Army Pass. Great views.


GroundControl - Oct 14, 2010 3:42 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2010

Via New Army Pass from Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead  Sucess!

Dayhiked roundtrip from the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead ~0600 to ~1730, wow, what a great day! Gorgeous views, met a ranger counting Bighorn sheep atop Mt. Langley. Tiring, but a great day.

onramp36 - Oct 5, 2010 2:29 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2009

1st 14er

From Long Lake via New Army Pass. Clouds rolled in just as we came down. Rained all night.


WRGruener - Sep 25, 2010 3:35 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2006

14ner #2  Sucess!

Climbed with Rusty6 and my dear friend John. I still want to see John's the picture of the girls who posed on the summit!


emilie - Sep 25, 2010 12:30 pm Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2010

Old Army  Sucess!

Did this as part of a solo 4 day backpacking trip from Cottonwood Lakes to the summit of Whitney via the West side and descending the East side.


AdamJ - Sep 24, 2010 5:52 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2009

Great Trip  Sucess!

Hike up to the lakes and camped out with my Dad. Woke up next morning bagged the peak and headed home. The next week started a new job selling insurance which I hated! Awesome two day trip. Very interesting scenery

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