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Ascent of Longs Peak on 2012-07-21

Climber: Donnie Puckle

Date:Saturday, July 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Longs Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14255 ft / 4344 m

Ascent Trip Report

Training hike for CMC trip to Mount Elbrus in August. This was my second time on Longs. We started after 3AM, reached the summit before 11 and got back around 4-4:30. We split into 2 groups (fast and slow) at the Keyhole, we met the slower group on the Homestretch as we left the summit. When I climbed Longs in 2009, I felt nauseous on the summit, but this time I felt fine. The weather was almost perfect, mostly sunny and not very windy, though it rained on us on the way back, and there was a cloud hanging directly over the summit, which cooled things down a bit. It was a long, successful day: everyone reached the top and made it back safely.
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
    Grade/Class:3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:7 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 0 Minutes



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