|Peak:||Longs Peak (14er)|
|Date of Info:||01/02/2021|
Trail is well packed from the TH to Treeline.
At the transition there are about 5 bushwhack routes connecting to the actual trail - just a warning as I accidentally followed one (running with my head down) and had to backtrack a bit - not a huge deal but a bit annoying.
Above treeline, there are a lot of wind slabs covering the trail, but no flotation is needed all the way to the keyhole/NF approach. I spoke to another climber who had gone over the keyhole but stopped in the trough - he mentioned it was a catchers mitt back there w/ no tracks, but I can't confirm as based on his comments I chose the NF. I turned around at the crux due to incoming weather, while I had to break trail up the approach, it was not anything unmanageable. At the crux I backed off to the MLW ridge, traversed this, summited Mt LW, & descended the east face (with a nice glissade at the end.)
Took out my axe for the NF approach, but it wasn't really necessary. Used Sportiva Blizzards & didn't need microspikes, though I brought them.
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