Ascent of Longs Peak in 2002-08

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Wayne Lundberg
Andy Woodcock
Chuck Drake
Marc Holder and me
Date:August, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Longs Peak
    Elevation:14255 ft / 4344 m

Ascent Trip Report

3 days of backpacking with backpacking group then set base camp at Boulder Brooke designated camp site with days of hiking, scrambling, and acclimating. Then, 6 mile day hike up to summit and 6 miles back to camp site. Very strenous day at high altitude.

I was not ready for this trip and the backpacking took its toll on me on the previous days work up to the camp. This approach into campsite was so strenuous that i literally crawled in to camp and could not eat dinner. I decided i was too exhausted to try the summit in the morning. Wayne had formed horrible blisters that kept opening and awakening him all night. After a sound sleep for me, howver, i decided to try the ascent with my team. As the hike ensued i felt stronger while others began to get sick at the altitude. Because of blisters and high altitude 2 on the team did not summit (Andy and Wayne). Even Chuck who is always stronger than me upclimbing began to turn back. I talked him in to staying with it up the massive talus gully and he got his head cleared along the way. Holder as ususal summited first and i was about 20 minutes behind him. Chuck was about 10 minutes behind me. The best part was the marker at the USGS point before the semi-exposed scramble to the top.

Excellent trip up the famous keyhole scramble route but very crowded! The keyhole trip was amazing a classic hike, scramble. Big views and good physical challenge.

Day 1 TH = 8400 feet
Camp 1 = 10,500 July
Day 2 Flat top Mtn = 12234
Camp 2 = 10,000
Day 3 LP = 9200

Camp 3 = 10,200
Day 3 peak = 14255
Camp3 = 10,200 return
out day 4 = 8500

Extra ascents = 200 feet approximately

36 miles hiked and 24 miles backpacked 12 miles hiked day pack
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5255 ft / 1600 m
    Elevation Loss:5955 ft / 1814 m
    Distance:18 mi / 29 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1,2, 3 and som
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:5255 ft / 1600 m
    Extra Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Classic Keyhole Scramble
    Trailhead:Tonahutu TH   9200 ft / 2804 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5755 ft / 1754 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:same but out East Portal
    Trailhead:8500 ft / 2590 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Longs Peak - Rocky MNP (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Flattop Mountain-Not to summit2002-08 a
2Longs Peak2002-08 b

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