eagrnnr wrote:My father and I are doing Longs in about 2 weeks, this'll be our second attempt. First one we got stopped at the Keyhole by high winds.
Here's a free Longs tip: IT'S ALWAYS WINDY AT THE KEYHOLE. (Pardon me for yelling, but you have to yell to be heard over that wind! ) I actually read that in a Longs trail guide (Donohue), and have found it to be true every time I've been there (once). There's a funnel effect of wind from Glacier Gorge sweeping up through the lowest notches in Keyhole Ridge.
Some more experienced folks shared a great tip that day: Because IT'S ALWAYS WINDY AT THE KEYHOLE, don't make your judgement on wind based on that location. Even if it seems like you'll get blown off the mountain, make your way a little ways past the Keyhole along the ledges - maybe 100 feet of easy horizontal trail, although I believe there is some exposure there. Stop there and assess the wind. It may be completely different than at the Keyhole. It took a few mountains for me to realize how often that funnel effect can create raging winds at lower elevations, while the upper reaches of the mountain turn out to be relatively calm.
Not the kind for warmth (you'll probably want to carry those, too, though), but gloves for hand protection
+1 to that. Someone will probably excoriate me for this, but I use the $3 sure-grip work gloves you can get at Home Depot, Lowes, just about any store with tools or gardening stuff, or fishing gear for that matter. I feel like my grip on rock is better with them on than with my bare hands, and they offer pretty good protection. They're not much good for cold, but for July-August climbs they've worked for me. Or you might go for the same palm grip material in a better quality glove, with a back-of-the-hand strap to secure the gloves on your hand better. I've just never had a problem with the cheapo type slipping, and I love that grippy plastic fiber stuff for gripping rock.