Ascent of Longs Peak on 2009-06-30

Climber: Greg McCrimmon

Others in Party:Lon Murphy
Date:Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Longs Peak
    Elevation:14255 ft / 4344 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful Trip!! Spent the night in the Boulder field oin the way up. Got pretty windy and cold that night but it was a beautiful evening! Saw Ptarmigan and a large herd of elk just before entering the boulder field. Got an early start the next morning and summited via the Keyhole route. We did cross some steep snowfields and it was tricky footing without axes or crampons. Some great exposure just before the final push to the summit. Summit was huge!!! Gorgeous calm day at the summit. Retreated down the same route, packed up, and just made it back to the truck before a ferocious thunderstorm hit hard!!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4855 ft / 1479 m
    Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Route:Keyhole Route
    Trailhead:Longs Peak Trailhead  9400 ft / 2865 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3/steep snow
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Got cool at night in the boulder field. Perfect weather on summit day and outran a severe thundersto
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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