Peak:  Longs Peak (14er)
 Route:  Keyhole Route
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  ChrisinAZ
 Date of Info:  01/26/2013
 Date Posted:  01/26/2013

It looks like the easy climbing window for Longs has closed.

Trail is still mostly bootpacked snow below treeline, a mixture of that and mostly-bare ground above treeline. No special gear was needed up to the Chasm Lake turnoff. Above this, there'd been rolling clouds, light flurrying and high winds through the night, causing the rocks to collect snow and become dangerously slick; we turned around at ~11800'.

The south face of Longs, holding the Narrows and Homestretch, looked to have a fresh dusting of snow on it from afar. As this weather is supposed to continue for the next week or so, I don't think conditions will improve any.

 Comments or Questions
Kevin Baker

depends on your comfort level
01/27/2013 06:50
We were able to make it up the Keyhole route today. It is still way easier than in normal winters. There was a fresh layer of hoar frost on the rocks, but we felt comfortable with microspikes. There are a couple snowy sections on the ledges that are tricky where an axe would be prudent. The trough amazingly is not holding much snow. The Narrows and Homestretch are in pretty good shape for winter.

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