Peak(s):  Longs Peak  -  14,255 feet
Date Posted:  09/14/2008
Date Climbed:   08/10/2008
Author:  14erFreak127
 Longs Peak - Keyhole Route  

We climbed Longs Peak, our 2nd try at it. August 2007 we failed because of wet, slick rock on the Homestretch. This year we made it, my favorite peak so far! We camped at the Boulder Field to make it a little easier.

The usual view of the East Face on our trip up.
Mist on the Diamond when entering the boulder field.
Day 2: sunrise from the Keyhole.
The plains from the summit.
me on the summit!
the narrows.
Our tents pitched in the Boulder Field.
It was a great trip and a lot of fun. We saw about a gajillion other people, because it was the weekend, but we didn‘t really realize how many people there really were. We actually ended up counting over 400 people over both days.

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 Comments or Questions

Re; Long‘s Peak
02/05/2011 00:22
I'm impressed by your accomplishments for your young age! great Summit photo! Were you scared at all going through the narrows? When did you start hiking? when did you do you first 14eer? Check out trip report dated 14 Sept 2008, that is my 6 yr old...She does great, proud she did the 9 miles with no whining, but i motivate with treats like gummy worms and tell lots of stories while we walk. As a kid, do you have any secrets or insights, about being motivated to do what it takes to do long hikes, or 14eers. What did your parents' (assuming they got you started) do to help develop your interest. Do you remember what you felt when you were younger and first doing this? Do you have friends that like climbing too, or is it hard to find someone your age to keep up with?


Re: Longs Peak
09/15/2008 23:49
I started hiking I don‘t know when... long time ago, before age 3. The Narrows... I just didn‘t look down and they are actually like the easiest part of the climb, and there is a lot of rabble about them, but they are wider than they look. My first 14er was age 8, Mt. Sherman from Fourmile. For motivation, I have a goal of climbing 8 every summer. This is to stay on track for my goal of finishing by age 18. Looking at my feet helps too.
My parents wanted to climb a 14er while we were in the mountains on a vacation and took me along. I hated it. But now it is one of my favorite things to do and my friends all say I‘m crazy, and see it as work.

Thanks for asking.


03/04/2012 18:31
It's great to see some one out there doing 14ers that is my age! Good job on Longs! I have that one planned for next year via kieners route. Anyway good job on it!


Re: Nice!
09/20/2008 00:12

Kieners, eh? I don‘t think I could handle the heights (you know, 2000 feet of air below your feet) I‘m more of a hiker/scrambler than a climber. Good luck!

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