Mount Langley Climber's Log

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danblock - Sep 22, 2011 7:18 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 1994

My First 14er  Sucess!

Did Mt Langley as a boy scout in troop 485. We camped at Long lake, and reached the summit via New Army Pass.


MakeItHappen - Sep 18, 2011 8:21 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2011

Bagged it  Sucess!

Great views at the top.


moosewilliams - Sep 15, 2011 2:32 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2011

Old Army   Sucess!

First time up Mt Langley. Great trip got a late start, did not leave the Horseshoe Camp until after 9:00. Got to Cottwood Lakes basin at around 12:00 with intentions of camping and summiting the next day, but decided to go for it that day. Went up Old Army Pass and then straight up the south face to summit at around 1630. I signed the summit book in memory of 9-11-2001. Down Old Army with head lamps and back to camp at the lakes. Walked out the next day.


Roots - Aug 29, 2011 7:13 pm Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2000

Southeast Ridge  Sucess!

Cool enough. Lots of work for such a short class 3 section. Where's Warren? - could not find him : )


jonandmalia - Aug 23, 2011 8:25 pm Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2011

Langley - the second time in a month  Sucess!

We went up July 17, took New Army up/back. Great time. Noticed the sign in books were all full. SO, we went back 8/21 and did it again. Brought new sign in book (blue spiral in ziplock). Weather was great! Didn't have any snow to cross on New Army. We went down Old Army. Most of the snow had melted since July, but there was a dicey 50' section near the mid section of bowl (the start of where the trail crosses the bowl, to the switchbacks up the south wall). Lots of people (backpackers) were going up it without crampons/ice axes. Going down, it could get dicey in that section though. Don't recommend it without at least microspikes/yaktrax and something to self arrest. Not sure how long it will be safe. Great time though, beautiful area! We'll be back. If taking Old Army, be safe. New Army is a nice safe route. Have fun!


wbass - Aug 16, 2011 11:30 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011

Epic New Army  Sucess!

This 22 (or was it 23?) mile r/t ascent was likely our longest, most grueling day hike ever, not to mention the endless final 3 miles. Fortunately, the views were fantastic, weather good and a two seater buzzed us a few times. A nice introduction to CA high points.

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.


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 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 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 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

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