Peak:  Longs Peak (14er)
 Route:  Keyhole Route
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  JohnWilliams
 Date of Info:  05/25/2013
 Date Posted:  05/25/2013

If you like spring snow climbs, go do Longs right meow. There is more snow up there than many have seen in quite a while. I wore trail runners to the keyhole, from there, crampons and an ax are necessary. The ledges are one giant continuous snowfield, you can really fly across this section. But it is very steep so be aware. Trough is full, so full in fact that the snow has piled up at the chokestone, making an easy exit from this section. The Narrows is insanely steep, snow has piled very high and is currently hard packed. Making this traverse requires your full attention. Homestreach is all snow, fun climbing! We rappelled the cables; NF is typical spring conditions, the pitch itself is mostly snow.

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