Peak(s):  Longs Peak  -  14,255 feet
Date Posted:  11/17/2008
Modified:  11/21/2008
Date Climbed:   11/16/2008
Author:  ulvetano

 Longs - Nov 16  

The weather looked great, so took off from Boulder at 1:30am Sat, departed trailhead at 3am, and hiked for just over 11 hours. Climbing was technical past the 'Keyhole', but for every section that I thought was impassable, there was a solution. Ended up summitting at 10:30. It was a beautiful day up there!

The wind at the Keyhole was gusting to 50mph, but West side traverse, including Narrows, Trough, and Headwall had moderate winds of 20mph.

Note - I didn't have crampons, but did rely heavily on the ice ax. I would highly recommend crampons. The Narrows had little snow or ice. The Headwall's ribbons of snow provided good footholds, but I thought it was hard going with or without crampons.

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