Ascent to Longs Peak-Boulderfield on 2009-06-17

Climber: Talon Medema

Others in Party:Bill B.
Date:Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Longs Peak - Boulderfield
    Elevation:12760 ft / 3889 m
    Remaining Elevation:1495 ft / 455 m (31% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Started late in the morning just to get a look at the mountain to see if it was do able. Coming around a corner towards the trailhead, a Elk stepped out in the road. Bill yelled Moose, I laughed slammed on the breaks made the tires squeal turning around the elk and missed him by centimeters. Great start to the day! Left the trailhead around 7:30. Snow and ice and overflowing streams all the way to the boulderfield. Only saw a handful of other people. Stopped to have lunch on Granite Pass, where some marmots tried to steal bits of our lunch. Had some of Bill's beef jerky, which tasted like dried horse, other than that pretty uneventful. Got to the boulderfield which was still covered in snow. A guy coming down from the summit told us if we didn't have ice gear not to go any further. Had to turn around at the boulderfield, because of large amount of snow and ice on remaining root, and no crampons. Returned to trailhead off off highway 7 at 3:30.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3360 ft / 1024 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:Keyhole Route
    Trailhead:Ranger Station off Highway 7  9400 ft / 2865 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 15 Minutes

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