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.
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.
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.
Climbing towards the Keyhole
From there we crossed over the keyhole and entered The Ledges which looked a lot worse in the pictures online
Traversing 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
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.
At the Chockstone on the Narrows
Once through The Narrows, we hit The Homestretch where a few other groups were.
Looking up the Homestretch
Me on the Homestretch.
We were able to scramble up The Homestretch without any issues or traffic jams and reach the summit around 9:15am.
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.