Peak:  Longs Peak (14er)
 Route:  Keyhole Route
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  VeraUndertow
 Date of Info:  12/09/2020
 Date Posted:  12/09/2020

Started at 4:45 AM and was up at granite pass by sunrise. The trail is solid boot pack (slippery in the AM) the whole way, except Jim Grove trail which was still mostly dry or shallow snow right until you are about to link back up with the main trail (I went this way both times since it's a little shorter) above granite pass the boulder field is basically dry as well. Once thru the keyhole and onto the ledges there were a few snow traverses and I was glad I had my ice axe and micro spikes. I didn't feel the need to use my crampons as the snow was decently grippy with spikes and my axe felt secure as well. Up the trough was mixed snow and rocks and I mostly tried to stick to solid rocks or the snow to avoid the loose rocks. The narrows had a few icey/slick snow patches from the boot pack and again spikes and axe helped me feel secure. There was one avoidable snow patch on the homestretch about 3/4 the way up, with a pretty solid booter in it. I avoided on the way up but went down mostly on the bootpack. Honestly conditions were great and I only saw two people on the summit for about 1 minute but otherwise had the summit to myself for the 10 minutes I was up there. The two guys came up the cables route wearing trail runners with no ice axes so it is
definitelyy doable in trail runners right now although they said their feet were cold. All in all great day on Longs with as perfect a weather as you could ask for in December.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Looking up towards chasm lake from Jim Grove#2) north face of longs#3) Snow on homestretch#4) Homestretch from end of the narrows#5) The narrows#6) Start of the narrows#7) The trough finish#8) Looking down the trough#9) Looking back at the ledges#10) Halfway across the ledges looking towards the trough#11#12) Keyhole from boulder field#13) Start of boulder field and alpinglow on longs diamond#14#15) Right at the top of granite pass

Comments or Questions

Dry as a bone
12/09/2020 21:42
Nice work!! Hoping it stays that way for 3 more weeks!


12/10/2020 13:29
I was thinking that while I was climbing yesterday. Would definitely make anyone who cares about getting their snowflakes quite happy. I know I'd climb it again if that was the case

Nice report
12/11/2020 17:24
Those conditions looked great, so dry for December with perfect bluebird skies.
Nice report with wonderful photographs. Good work.
I finally got a longs peak snowflake on my 4th Attempt.

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