Peak(s):  Meeker, Mt  -  13,911 feet
Longs Peak  -  14,255 feet
Pagoda Mtn  -  13,497 feet
Storm Pk B  -  13,326 feet
Lady Washington, Mt  -  13,281 feet
Date Posted:  08/31/2019
Date Climbed:   08/31/2019
Author:  merrion13
 Grand Slam in RMNP  

Long's Peak Grand Slam 8/31/19

There are a few excellent TRs on this route, including Valesia: report here and mlayman here

This report is going to speak to a couple items. First, Loft ascent is easily doable in the dark. Below is an image of what the upper slabs before the ramp look like; very solid and easy to see with headlamp only:

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Caption Here

Coming off Meeker and through the loft, this was the one section of the day where I got tripped up and ended up going too high. Never saw an obvious sign of Clark's Arrow, eventually after some backtracking I found the appropriate exit gully. One there, it is easy to pick a path to the Homestretch and work your way there.

For the cliff band coming off Long's to Pagoda, you should stay fairly close to the ridge, maybe no less than 100 feet off, and you'll see an entrance to the downclimbable gully. As a note, there are actually 2 right next to each other which go, the one shown in Valesia's report and one right to the left. Below is a view slightly above the gullies, showing you what to be aiming off in the distance:

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Caption Here

Once back from Pagoda, the prior reports do a good job of getting to the gully to access the Keyhole. I did find that you had to traverse slabs, and didn't find an obvious break / path in them so had to do some steep slab walking in areas.

Once at the Keyhole, Storm is very easy then you can see the obvious path up Lady Washington. I thought the downclimb off Lady was really tedious with a lot of imbalanced boulders, and wonder if it would have been faster to simply go back to the trail on the NW side would have been easier than dropping off the east of it.

Here are the milestones of locations/total times of the trip today and GPX track below...highly recommend!!!

  • TOTAL TIME: 10:02
  • 1:10 to Chasm trail split
  • 2:50 summit of Meeker
  • 4:20 summit of Long's
  • 5:50 summit of Pagoda
  • 7:00 back to Keyhole
  • 7:35 summit of Storm
  • 8:25 summit of MLW
  • 9:12 reach trail coming off east side of MLW
  • 10:02: car! (please note, I ran the trail after getting off MLW)




My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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 Comments or Questions
Brian C

Question
09/01/2019 17:11
Where is the picture with the circled bit? By the notch?


merrion13

Re: Question
09/01/2019 19:46
That is next to the notch, I marked that is it looks like it could go to summit rather than continuing to wrap around to the homestretch. I marked it for future reference; I climbed up roughly 50 feet of it but since I was solo I didn't want to go fully in case it required any downclimbing if it didn't go.


SchralpTheGnar

Slow times
09/01/2019 22:52
You mentioned some backtracking, is that the reason for the slow times you posted?



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