This was a long day about 12 hours
First 14er on my second attempt while I was still a low-lander from Maryland.
Solo in 8:30 round-trip. To be honest climbing alone is more boring cause I am the only one there to entertain myself. It was nice to get up it after failing in July on the North Face in 04.
Started at 3:00am & did it in 10hrs. Passed 38 girl scouts on the way up & saw prob. 50 people on a Monday. # 10 for me & my favorite mountain to date, also marked my 1 year move to CO to the day(What a way to celebrate!). Ran out of water on the way down, but not a problem. Long, 15 miles RT, worth every second!!!
Great day of climbing. Started storming on the way down though. High winds and blizzzard conditions caused us to haul ass down the trail!
Because of the route's elevation gain, length, committment, and aesthetics, The Keyhole route feels more like a mountaineering endeavor than many of the 14ers I've climbed. Well worth the effort.
Did an early season climb of this with a friend. What a long route... but you do get to see pretty much every side of this great mountain :-)