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New Meetup: Longs Peak and Mount Meeker via "The Loft"

From: Jason M.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 12:23 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Colorado 14ers!

What: Longs Peak and Mount Meeker via "The Loft"

When: Saturday, August 21,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Boulder REI
Boulder CO
Boulder, CO 80301

Looking for a way to summit Longs Peak, but don't want to fight the crowds? Set this day aside for an ascent of The Loft Route on Longs Peak. We will meet at the Boulder REI and be leaving at 1 AM sharp! At approximately 2-230 we will arrive and begin hiking at the Longs Peak trailhead. Our route will take us through some of the lesser seen and most spectacular reaches of Longs Peak. We will leave the standard route at Chasm Junction and hike up through Chasm Meadows and past Chasm Lake, all the while enjoying amazing views of The Diamond towering over us. We will ascend Lambs Slide to the Loft where we will make the quick detour to the Mt. Meeker summit. Descending onto the South face of Longs Peak we will now enter Keplingers Couloir, and traverse below the towering Palisades up to the Notch. From there we will ascend ledges to the Homestretch and finally the summit! Our route of descent will be left open, dependent mainly on the amount of congestion on the standard route and the condition of the group.

Summit Elevation: 14,255 feet
RT Distance: 13 miles
Elevation Gain: 5300 feet (add some for Meeker)
Difficulty: Class 3

Route descriptions rate this at class 3, while some write-ups claim there to be a few class 4 moves thrown in. I require that all participants have atleast one (1) class 3 climb under their belt before attempting and be in reasonable physical condition. As far as equipment goes, no special equipment is needed (besides a headlamp obviously), but I highly recommend a helmet, trekking poles, and plenty of water and snacks. Note: This route may be shorter than the keyhole route, but it takes just as much time and requires much more scrambling.

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