|Peak:||Longs Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||07/16/2011|
My buddy and I did the radical slam on Saturday. Conditions are as follows:
Traverse above peacock pool still has some snow on it but it is well kicked in. People have been leaving sticks to help the walk across if necessary.
There is some snow going up the loft but if you skirt left you only climb about 150ft of it. The snow is soft enough you that you can kick steps. We were in approach shoes. We pulled out ice axes but they weren't really necessary.
The top part of Keplingers to the homestretch has snow in it. I can not comment on the conditions as we climbed the notch and South ridge to the summit which is wonderful and snow free. I imagine Kieners above broadway is snow free as well.
The homestretch is snow free as is the narrows. The trough has snow in it but it is easily avoidable and even so it is soft enough to step in with shoes. Everyone on top had shoes and no ice axe.
Storm has snow on the east face that makes for a nice glissage down. The rest of the route was completely snow free...
In general I would say crampons and ice ax on Longs are unnecessary except on Lambs slide of course.