Peak:  Longs Peak (14er)
 Route:  Trough Direct
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  Monster5
 Date of Info:  11/27/2010
 Date Posted:  11/28/2010

Approach: Good bootpack to within 1.2 mi from Black Lake (winter shortcut is obvious). A solid snowshoe trail was in to Black Lake by the end of the day. Snow above the lake to the base of the Trough was hard and windswept.

Trough: Class 2+ section to the left of the lower difficulties is relatively clear of snow. The snow is continuous up to where the Keyhole route intersects. Perfect for cramponing - stayed left as per TomPierce's suggestion where the windslab tapered out. A few inches of snow in the upper Trough - a lot of points bashing.

Above: The Narrows and Homestretch are pretty dry - went through w/o crampons on the ascent but used them on the descent (Homestretch was dicey with the gusts and hard snow within the joints). The narrower section of the Narrows is dry and the snow is avoidable on the wider sections.

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