Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Longs Peak - North Face Trip Report

Alpine Ice 2 cl 5.4 on Longs Peak 14,260’.

On the North Face of Longs there are eye bolts left behind from being first put up in 1925. There once were braded cables connecting between every eye bolt. They were removed in 1973 due to lighting striking climbers ascending the face.

Bruce and Craig were visiting us from Ohio. We spoke the night before to assure a start time and check over our equipment. Due warm conditions in the afternoon we decided to start at 12:30 am. We walked through the trees approaching the alpine tundra arriving at the Boulderfield at sun rise.
Alpine Glow means we gotta go.

Early morning melting on the rock slabs as we move over the first mixed rock and snow sending the 5.4 crux.

Past the cables section there was good step kicking conditions.
Bruce and Craig stopping for a photo opportunity with the ridge between Mt. Lady Washington in the back drop.

Strong work gentlemen for reaching the summit!

Yeah we climbed that! What did you do today?

We went down the way we came up.  Stopping back at the Boulderfield to have afternoon snack and dunk our drinking bottles in the plentiful stream of fresh snowmelt, admiring the route once again. Our conversations begin as we descend the Longs Peak Trail to the trail head.

Conditions are great in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I'd love to be your guide on your next adventure.  Call the office today and lets get out in the mountains together.

Joey Thompson
CMS Guide
jthompson@totalclimbing.com
800-836-4008 x3

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