Post #59 WINDY on the LEDGES of Longs Peak Winter Ascent! January 23 2013
Chris and I teamed up for a fun and Challenging Winter Ascent of Longs Peak on Wednesday. It is alarming just how little snow we have right now in Rocky Mountain National Park. We got started from the Longs Peak lot at about 7am, and made our way up a very well packed trail.
It was so windy that when I came out of the Latrine at the Chasm Creek cut off, a gust of wind swept me clear onto my arse!
Even off the trail there is less than a foot of snow in most places. Once you get above timberline the snow is almost NON-Existent.
It was very windy all day with gusts of up to 60 mph and consistent sustained winds of 35 mph.
We casually strolled up to the boulder field by about 10am after a few stops to shoot photos and videos.
The boulder field is completely barren this time of year, only a little snow blown into the nooks between the rocks.
We headed up above the Boulder field from the campsites and soon began the moderately technical rock sections for the North Face, instead of taking the standard route.
Chris Led the first pitch and we swapped some leads on the way up, roping up on some parts.
Because it was so windy, the summit was not that fun, but the views were stunning. We retreated quickly in the frigid conditions.
But a bit more snow to the East for Sure!
The North and Northeast face was actually shielded from the wind, so climbing the face and then retreating via some rappels was out of the wind and much more pleasant. Here is the view down into Chasm lake...makes that stomach drop!!!
I got some sweet Shots of Tomer as he came down of a few of the sections.
By 2pm we were back down to the Boulder field and starting the long trek back to the Car, arriving at our vehicle at 4:06pm sharp.
As we move forward into February, hopefully we get some snow....and stay tuned, I will be camping on some more summits getting ready for my book sequel in the coming months! Check out my schedule as I have upcoming stops for Sleeping on the Summits and Mount Everest Ranging from Colorado to San Francisco, to Washington, Oregon, Kansas, and Indiana in the next 3 months.