Post #100: Longs Peak via Kieners and Down the Loft. Aug 23, 2013
It's good to be Back! Less than a week after my return from Pakistan on the other side of the planet, it didn't take me long to find myself back on my home mountains and back above 14,000' From being at heights of up to 25,000'/7600m less than a month ago, I was definitely feeling great with so many red blood cells in my body.
Chris Tomer Joined me for a "Sherpa Start" as we arrived at the crowded trailhead parking lot for Longs peak around 630am.
Most folks start well before dawn, but with our speed and efficiency, we could sleep in and do the peak in the morning sunshine.
We headed to Chasm lake and in an hour and a half were already around the lake and heading up what they call Lambs Slide, an icy chute that has remnants of a glacier on the N face of longs to the east of the diamond simply because of the orientation of the chute.
Before long we were up on broadway at nearly 13,000'
Then up the crux above Broadway on a couple of awesome 5.2 rock moves on solid granite.
The upper parts of the route eased in order to get past the Diamond Step with a few fun moves that peer out over the Diamond.
Chris enjoying the Diamond Step at 14,000'.
We were on the summit before 11am!
We chose to descend the Loft route and saw hardly anyone on decent except back around Chasm lake.
We arrived back at the car around 2pm, which made for a relatively easy day on Longs with a very rewarding Tour of the peak!
Stay tuned in the coming weeks, early September I will head back out to the Sierras to complete peaks 7-14 of the California 14ers Sierra Bivys for my Sleeping on the Summits Sequel.