Peak:  Longs Peak (14er)
 Route:  Trough from Glacier Gorge
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  bmcqueen
 Date of Info:  01/09/2021
 Date Posted:  01/10/2021
Details

Great trench all the way to Black Lake. Above Black Lake, a mix of snow and rock to the base of the Trough. The Trough doesn't have as much snow as usual. Variable conditions from post-holing to decent booting to nice spring-like styrofoam. Narrows and Homestretch both have a bit of snow, but very manageable with traction (I choose crampons for Longs, but spikes probably would have gotten it done yesterday). It snowed on us pretty good on the walk out, so the trench will need a little refresher I'm sure.


Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Looking up to top of Trough#2) Looking down in Trough#3) Homestretch#4) Homestretch above the clouds#5) But then they came back#6) Topping out on homestretch#7) Narrows#8) Descending in the ping pong ball#9) Crux move to get back into the trough


Comments or Questions
coopereitel

Gettin it done
01/10/2021 06:03
Nice! Looks like a solid day.


nietfeld
Good timing
01/10/2021 20:11
Nice post! Curious to know your start and end time. Thx


bmcqueen

Timing
01/11/2021 04:24
It took us 14:11 car to car with a leisurely 30 min on top since it was nice. Started walking 5:01 am, returned to TH 7:12 pm.


Scary_Canary

Did you happen
01/14/2021 07:48
To get any pictures of the Spearhead while you were there? Specifically any ones showing the top ridge near its summit block?


bmcqueen

Spearhead
01/15/2021 05:24
It was obscured by clouds the whole day. The only time we were out of them was above 14k when we were above them for a bit. Sorry no pics that would help you.


Scary_Canary

Thank you
01/15/2021 08:56
Looks like an awesome day! I've been wanting to do that route. Glacier Gorge is something straight out of fairytales.



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