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Keyhole Ridge - 5.6

Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50 out of 5
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Standard "light" alpine rack. One section of OW if you go that option, but one #3.5 Camalot should be fine.
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.4
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 3.50/5
  Rock Quality 4.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 5.00/5


Get to the Keyhole, before the hut anle up and left for about 250 feet. The easiest option is to continue traversing until you want to go up, at that point do a switch back up ledges to get to the start of the climbing. This will put you at the "pass" that will take you back down to the keyhole trail (an interesting shortcut for the keyhole hiking route). Climb up and left up the "1st tower" you get to. Work your way up and over for short down climb and traverse. Continue over and across and up again to a low angle slabby section. At this point I like to traverse left then up then left again to avoid "summiting" on the tower you've been climbing under. This allows you to avoid a hairy downclimb off the "summit" and puts you onto the backside of the ridge again. From here it is easy routefinding to the summit of longs.

Descent Options:

Many options for the descent. Bailing is available 1/4 the way up the route on the backside and another option down a ramp on the backside about 1/2 way up.

Submitted by: Massimo on 2007-08-28
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Route ID: 87625

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  Difficulty 5.4
  Safety Rating G
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: AlpineScout on 2010-07-26 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars First Colorado 14er. Perfect

Longs is not a cakewalk. Not a difficult climb past the Keyhole, but a long day, some exposure, and plenty of traffic. This was a good day to go with low probability for T-storms. Just a long way down. Very satisfying to have completed my first summit.

Added: 2010-08-02

  Safety Rating G
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: Massimo on 2007-08-05 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Nice Alpine route, not super clean

Snuck this route in before the storm.

Added: 2007-08-08