|Peak:||Longs Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||05/09/2011|
We climbed Mount Lady Washington on Monday morning under bluebird skies. The trail to treeline was hard-packed and traction (micro-spikes) was helpful. At treeline, the deep snow had softened in the upper 30 degree temps so we used snowshoes. The east slope of Mount Lady Washington alternated between the exposed tops of talus and snow fields up to 100 meters high. The snow slope was perfect for easy kick-stepping.
The views from the top were great. As the attached pics show, the North Face of Longs is very heavily loaded, and the Boulder Field has heavy snow up to the Keyhole.
On the way out, the trail snow pack had softened and snowshoes were needed to avoid postholing.
Photos (click for slideshow):