Peak:  Longs Peak (14er)
 Route:  Keyhole Route
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  scrambling
 Date of Info:  06/07/2012
 Date Posted:  06/08/2012

Conditions seem to be changing rapidly but on June 7 the crux of the route was the trough, where there is a mix of hard frozen snow, softer (kickable) snow, frozen plunge steps, ice, loose rock, etc. I was uncomfortable in there, going back and forth from rock to snow, sometimes using an ax, sometimes wanting both hands. I had crampons but did not use them. There are places they would be helpful, places they won't. It's a personal thing though, of course. I know that others went through with nothing, wearing trail shoes and shorts.

Other than the trough, there are no problems whatsoever. There was some verglass on the homestretch at 9 a.m. and likely will be early in the day for days/weeks to come. It got my attention, but is avoidable. Any snow/ice on the various ledges is easily avoidable. The approach trail up to the Boulderfield CG is in great shape (tiny bits of snow in a few shady spots). There is no snow from the CG to the keyhole.

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