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.
Fun route even though crowded.
Meetup.com hike with one other hiker. The parking lot was full at 3AM, with more coming in after us. Great hike in great weather. I felt a little nauseous at the summit, but that's part of the, er, fun.
Another hiker wearing jeans and a sweatshirt was climbing up as we were coming down in snow and hail. We told him to head down with us, but he had summit fever. We found out later that he had perished of hypothermia on the summit. It was really sad. A warning to those unprepared for Longs or any other mountain, I guess.
blah, minus the massive crowds and painted blazes it would have been a blast. thats what i get for going up on a saturday in july i guess. good quality route though
What a cattle route the spray paint on the rocks was painful to see.
After a few attempts via other routes, this was the first time I made the summit. Regardless of the crowds (which are pretty incredible on a weekend in August) this route is a classic. As far as 'Standard Routes' go, this one is phenomenal.
I climbed this a while ago but just found this site.
We left the car at 1am and climbed this with headlamps. We summited at 7:20 am. In time to see the sun rise. This mountain holds a fond place in my memory. Spectacular!
The trough is a bear when there is ice! Well so is the home stretch...!
The biggest crux is the wind. Otherwise this is a long, somewhat tedious and crowded route on a good day.
Tried to climb the Keyhole Ridge, but was forced to bail to the Keyhole Route due to snow/ice. The trough was icy but rock slabs provided an easy ascent. Good route overall.
This route takes for ever, but it makes up for it by showing all the sides of Longs and the magnificent views.
This climb is a classic. No matter how many times I may do this climb, it will never get old. Good climb to expose newbies to class three and exposure (as this was my first 14er)
climb required crampons and an ice axe, but that ensured for solitude at the top
Keyhole is the way I went
I forget the exact date. I remember interesting mixed climbing up the final stretch.
This was my first experience with class III scrambling while exposed above treeline. I found it to be a bit sketchy with an injured shoulder and trying to cram my size 12's into the cracks on the homestretch. But after gaining another season's experience and returning via Keplinger's couloir I found a line just to the left of the Homestretch (to avoid the crowd) to be very enjoyable!
Descended the Keyhole route after a climb of the Cables Route. Interesting day...snowing like crazy, couldn't see very far. Lots of fun!!!