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 Peak(s):  Longs Peak  -  14,255 feet
 Post Date:  09/17/2012
 Date Climbed:   09/15/2012
 Posted By:  Brimstone10

 Longs Peak 9.15.20.12   

This past saturday I went up longs peak for the first time with two friends. We started our hike on Saturday 9.15.12 at 11:30am with the Boulder Field as our destination for the night. We made it to the Chasm Lake Junction at around 3:00pm. Image
Longs Peak Chasm Lake Junction


We continued on and finally reached the Boulder Field around 4:15pm where we setup the tent, ate some dinner and talked with a few of the other campers for a while before going to bed. When we woke up the next morning the awesome sight of the Alpen Glow awaited us while we ate breakfast and began to prepare to head to the summit.Image
Alpen glow as seen from our site in the Boulder Field


After breakfast, we began our ascent towards the keyhole at 7:30am and stopped at the small hut to strip some layers as it was heating up fast. Image
Climbing towards the Keyhole


From there we crossed over the keyhole and entered The Ledges which looked a lot worse in the pictures online
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Traversing the ledges
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The Ledges


After making it through The Ledges it was time to tackle The Trough which had a little snow and ice in places, but nothing that wasn't avoidable. This part was a little more strenuous and dangerous due to the loose rocks sliding around from climbers above us. The hardest part of this climb was getting up and over the large stone at the top of The Trough Image
Looking down the Trough


We then crossed into The Narrows which really weren't too bad. I thought the chockstone that needs to be crossed to continue would be harder, but by simply sliding behind it, it was no big deal.Image
At the Chockstone on the Narrows


Once through The Narrows, we hit The Homestretch where a few other groups were.Image
Looking up the Homestretch
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Me on the Homestretch
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We were able to scramble up The Homestretch without any issues or traffic jams and reach the summit around 9:15am.Image
Me on the Summit


It was a great climb and we had a prefect day and night for it. It was a little windy at The Boulder Field during the night and the next morning but all in all it was a perfect day for the climb. The down climb wasn't too bad as long as you stay low and keep at least 3 points of contact.



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  • Comments or Questions (4)
zephyr_pelicante


Nice     2012-09-17 10:53:03
congrats on your first time, this info is helpful


travelgirl

Yes, a magnificent day for a good climb!     2012-09-17 14:16:20
Congrats with your trip. Nice pics and good weather. We saw you changing in the Agnes Vaille cabin and you caught us on pic #3 :-)
I guess you were a lot faster at summiting than we were. It took us 3 hours from our tent...
Cheers,
The blond Dane with the reindeer cushion


Winter8000m


Nice work!     2012-09-17 16:23:36
Looks like they got barely any snow up high on Longs....Any snow on the East face? Doesn't look like it. Great job!


Mindy


Welcome to Colorado     2012-09-18 06:24:16
Congratulations on this accomplishment. See you both in the winter!



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