Ascent of Longs Peak on 2009-08-23

Climber: Donnie Puckle

Date:Sunday, August 23, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Longs Peak
    Elevation:14255 ft / 4344 m

Ascent Trip Report hike. I had 6 people sign up, but only one other person showed up. We started at 3:15AM, summited at 9:45, took a nap at the summit, and got back to the trailhead at 4:15. We hit the jackpot with the weather. It was sunny and warm for most of the day, and it was dead calm on the summit! We did get some light rain, with distant thunder when we got down below the Chasm Lake junction, but that soon passed and the sun returned when we got back to the trailhead. It was a long, hard day. I got a mild case of altitude related nausea on top, but I had a great time. Lots of interesting rock formations and banded rocks. Prep hike for Kilimanjaro in October, 2009.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4871 ft / 1484 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Route:Keyhole Route
    Trailhead:Longs Peak Trailhead  9384 ft / 2860 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
A little rain on the way back
Ascent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 30 Minutes

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