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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby Stephen Butler » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:16 pm

Ah what a bad couple of days.

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby peter303 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:30 pm

I notice the 8/16 RMNP website has two contradictory reports on the Keyhole trail.
One from 8/13 said the trail had a fair amount of ice:
http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/trail_conditions.htm
The other, the main link for Longs, says summer conditions:
http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/longs_peak_conditions_report.htm
It is based on a 8/4 hike. A week can make a lot of difference.

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby DaveSwink » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:50 pm

peter303 wrote:I notice the 8/16 RMNP website has two contradictory reports on the Keyhole trail.
One from 8/13 said the trail had a fair amount of ice:
http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/trail_conditions.htm
The other, the main link for Longs, says summer conditions:
http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/longs_peak_conditions_report.htm
It is based on a 8/4 hike. A week can make a lot of difference.


My condolences to Paul's family.

BenD and I went up the Keyhole Route on last Saturday (8/10) in beautiful weather and dry, perfect condition. BenD commented on how the Narrows and Homestretch were so much easier and comfortable than he was expecting. I am glad we got to see Long's at its best rather than a few days later.

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby kushrocks » Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:33 pm

Paul was a two time state tennis champ :shock: aka a bad ass. I would have loved to hike with someone like this. Rest in peace bud. Wishing the best for your family and friends.
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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby timberlinecolorado56 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:46 am

My prayers go out to his family and friends. May God's peace be on them in this horrible time.
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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby my5sons » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:43 am

Sorry to hear this. Our condolences to the family.

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby goingup » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:42 pm

RIP Paul and condolences to the family and friends. :(
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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby aweygandt » Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:13 pm

I'm very sorry to hear this. My prayers are with Paul's family and his friends.

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby plantmandan » Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:29 pm

Condolences to Paul's family.

Here is some more information about the second incident. Apparently it was a bad fall in the North Chimney that could have been a lot worse. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

http://mountainproject.com/v/bad-couple-of-days-on-longs-peak/108292004

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby denvermikey » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:26 pm

Geez....

:shock: :shock: :shock:

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby emohr » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:00 am

I was on Longs on Friday watching the helicopter from Meeker. There was a pretty spooky atmosphere on the mountain after Paul's unfortunate accident the day before. Some climbers coming the up the Cables Route said that they had heard some screaming from The Chasm Cirque on their way up. Sounds like SAR did a fantastic job and evacuated the climber from the North Chimney to safety. Prayers being sent to Paul's family, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured climber, and endless thanks to SAR

Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby bigDmulc009 » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:14 am

Absolutely devastating to hear of the news of a fellow Tiger after I hiked Longs just a week before. Thoughts to Paul's family, and to let them know that the Colorado College community grieves for Paul as if he had already been there for weeks.

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