Ascent via the Keyhole Route.
Left trailhead at 9 am. Summited around 4 pm, made it to the car around 10:30 pm. Hardly saw a person on the way down. 3 L were not enough. Not a cloud in the sky the entire day.
Starting early is the key to climbing this one. Started at 3:30 AM. Interesting and fun route.
Start early to avoid the crowds, or climb it during shoulder season.
First class 3 climb. Exposed and fun
After several attempts called off due to weather and starting too late, it was nice to finally summit! Fun route, but crowded.
Fun hike/scramble in winter conditions. Nobody else on mountain, got caught in blizzard while decending the North Face.
Training hike for Mount Elbrus. It was a good day with good weather. Everyone reached the summit and made it back safely. I didn't have the altitudinal nausea I had in 2009, but my feet are a little pissed off.
Left the TH at 3am and didn't see anyone until the way back down after 8am summit. Trough filled with snow, Narrows and Homestretch snowy and icy, making an axe and crampons pretty useful now, though I got by without the crampons. Great views and exposure in spots.
It was still early in the season with icy conditions on route.
We camped at the boulderfield.
Hiked up to Jim's grove & camped with Elspeth. Summited the next day and had a foot of new snow before we got back to the car.
Beautiful weather and great views
Nice and well maintained route with lots of crowds
Very fun. 8.5 hours round trip from the parking lot.
Paul Strykowski and I took a bus from Milwaukee to Denver, stayed in Gobblins Forest, then the Boulder Field and climbed via the keyhole route. First time on the top of a mountain. Nothing's ever like the first time. I was barely 16 years old.
It was pretty easy-going until the Keyhole. After that it was fun scrambling and amazing views all the way up to the summit, especially looking down into Glacier Gorge. Despite efforts to start early enough, the group I was with wasn't acclimatized to the elevation and had to go quite slow, which caused us to get caught in the middle of a lightning storm on the way back down. See "En'lightning' Experience" trip report for details.
Ah the scenic sounds of the Trough
5 hrs car to car.. was useful for training seeing you can run for a couple hours out of the TH but cant say im bout all the peeps and the spray painted bulleyes leading the way ...
Stayed in the Boulderfield, made the summit at 8:30 AM.