Ascent of Longs Peak on 1997-08-10

Climber: Mike Stinson

Date:Sunday, August 10, 1997
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Longs Peak
    Elevation:14255 ft / 4344 m

Ascent Trip Report

A rainy morning, but I decided to at least get to the trailhead and start. Once hiking (with headlamp), it was a bit foggy and mysterious in the forest down low, but eventually the rain quit. Higher up, there was snow on the Homestretch and the summit area. When I exited the Homestretch the summit boulder was not visible due to cloud/fog. I followed tracks in the snow to the summit boulder, confirmed I was there by the BM, and sat on top for just a minute or so before heading down. Coming down the Homestretch I actually slid on my butt over some of the rocks. Despite the iffy weather, I was far from the only person on the route.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4855 ft / 1479 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Trailhead:9400 ft / 2865 m
    Grade/Class:class 3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Overcast
rain low, snow high, ending in the afternoon

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