|Peak:||Longs Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||09/27/2011|
The route is clear of snow up until passing through the Keyhole. After that, there are very few patches of ice and snow UNTIL the Trough. The trough has a considerable amount of snowpack and ice which is manageable with MicroSpikes. The fourth picture I have attached shows The Narrows (dry). The Homestreach is also clear of snow. If there are any storms that pass through, I would approach Longs with an extreme willingness to turn around. I have also included a video taken from the Summit. I came across someone in the Boulder Field who turned around reporting lots of wind pass the Keyhole. That was not the case for me, so things change quickly up there. Again, proceed with caution and if you don't have some sort of traction (Crampons/microspikes), you may be flirting with a fall. Bring your helmet too! There was one other person heading toward the summit yesterday in shorts, no helmet, and duct-taped shoes passing through the keyhole at about 1:30/2:00pm- not advised. I state in my video you "could" be up there in shorts, but of course I would never actually attempt it. PM with any questions you may have about the route!
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