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pagoda to longs

“Is that a waterfall?” Waterfalls mean cliffs. I borrowed some sunscreen from a fellow hiker and checked in on my water. This one brings back a few memories for me as I attempted the same loop several years ago but had to bail after Storm because of, well, a storm. Standing there, I proceeded to look up and the arrow was literally 10 feet in front of my face. I was fairly certain I could get down it, but as I pondered the climb back up, I knew there was no way I could up-climb it without taking a stupid risk. In the meantime, my advice would be to climb as much as you can and start building your general mountaineering skill set. The terrain begins on stuff similar to the Homestretch, but quickly eases in angle and difficulty. Overall I was pretty happy with it. The climbing over into and up Keplinger’s Couloir is a mix of Class 2/3 with plenty of loose junk thrown in. Thus far it has two members: my wife and ol’ buddy Dillon! Oh man…..I can’t even imagine that in the snow. I estimate I wasted at least 45-60 minutes on my incorrect route choice. Photobucket really made this a pain. Or maybe the info was there seven years ago and I was just an idiot back then and didn’t do any research. Originally I had decided on this as a way to mitigate any potentially hazardous conditions, but now it took on a whole new meaning. The first portion of the day consists of taking the Loft Route to the summit of Meeker. I chuckled to myself at this, enjoying the hefty shot of humble pie. At almost any given time, I could look and see probably 10 of them. From a distance it looked like a loose choss-pile, but it turned out to be quite solid. A cirque is an amphitheater-shaped (half-bowl-shaped) valley eroded by a … I was not out there for speed anyways. While the correct chute through the cliffs is left of the ridge proper, I had gone much too far left. This one hurt. From there, the ascent up Lady Washington went surprisingly well. And they were not little piles of rocks either. I passed a number of groups heading up to the Keyhole and well as the harder routes on Meeker and Longs. After 25 minutes or so, I stood atop the seventh, and final, summit on the day. Thanks for taking the time. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I’m pretty good at using all four appendages to climb with and so far I can tell I have good balance and footing. These short trees blocked easy passage at tree line. At times, they were literally every 30 feet along the trial. You’re an animal Zambo! 😉. I knew that staying too far right would cliff me out, so I did a descending traverse veering leftwards as much as possible. The easiest way can be tricky to find from above; approximate location is 40.2526 N, 105.6214 W. The whole section was only 50 feet or so, becoming 100% clear again after that. I had originally planned to jog these first few miles, but as I started, my legs and lungs were just not having it this day. Nice usage of arrows too! When I rode back to Longs Peak last weekend, most of the snow had already melted. Would you be able to tell me what skill level I’d have to be at to do this? I can’t imagine I will have too many other chances to enjoy Longs all to myself – even on a weekday climb of The Notch in “winter conditions” we met another party at the summit. I’m glad I listened and turned back when I did. I had to skip the Cone and bail down valley towards the Eugenia Mine and I don’t recommend that to anyone. Welcome to the Punpedia entry on panda puns! Topped out on Meeker, looking across as the morning sun warms Longs. View from camp: Pagoda Mountain, Longs Peak, Mount Meeker. This was much more pleasant as the spacing and density was far more favorable for a bushwhack. 7,300(ish) feet down, 700 to go. This list starts with puns specifically on the word “panda” and then also has a bunch of generic bear puns to back them up. Longs Peak TH to Meeker: 3:00 The route down descends just to looker’s right of this picture. I loved every second of being out there, and it felt like a very fitting end to the summer. Again, I got this one right. There in front of me was a 12-15 foot down-climb over mandatory class 5 terrain. Unsure of the best mode of travel up this steepening fifth class oddity we begin scrambling unroped in our trailrunners. This route certainly can (and has been done) much quicker than this. 0.7 miles and 700 feet to go – all for an 11er. PS: Oh….a special thank you to anyone who has ever posted a TR on this route before. Certainly sketchy, but also easily bypassed. 2. I was feeling confident and nailed the tiny bit of 5th class scrambling to get down to the Longs-Pagoda Col and was soon up on Pagoda looking back at the impressive West Face of Longs Peak (pictured above). Felt gooood. There was the matter of those remaining push ups. (click for larger image), Peaks: And that’s saying a lot! Longs Peak was something I'd set my sights on last year but didn't get to. Thankfully, the ridge over was, by far, the most pleasant terrain of the day. Working on legs and lots of high altitude cardio. Peaks: Meeker, Longs, Pagoda, and Storm (Front Range) Date Climbed: Sunday July 29, 2007 Route: Loft to Meeker, Clarks Arrow to Longs, Longs to Pagoda, Trough to Keyhole to Storm and out. I saw these and they looked familiar from a picture as well. Longs Peak: 7.5ish miles one way, 5079 foot gain (9180-14259). Class 2+ all the way down, with occasional use of the hands. Descend the Homestretch on Long's Peak, continue descending to the Long's/Pagoda col, and scramble up to Pagoda. I also see from your topo you took a much more logical line over to Storm from Pagoda. It went by easily enough. Just seems like a sweet way to highlight this one on the front page of the website :). I did not have any pics of the cliffs saved on my phone, choosing to rely on memory instead. Any pointers? By far. The ice on the exit ramp from the Loft Couloir. So, with a Friday off work and forecast calling for perfect September weather, I found myself awake at 2:00 on a Friday morning and soon ready to get going at the Longs Peak Trailhead by 4:15. – Estes Cone – 11,007′ I love hikes like this when I can see from below where I was above. I was happy to be away from the exposure. The idea and the reality- Pagoda, Longs, Keyboard. For all my internal grumbling, I had descended literally exactly where I was supposed to go, and straight in front of the marker of the path. Looking up at the surprisingly empty Homestretch. You’re right man – it really is the stoic sentinel. What is the specific glacial landform name of the type of ridge that runs between Longs Peak and Pagoda Mountain, and (same type of ridge) between Longs Peak and Storm Peak? While most of them were solid, it still took longer than expected to make this traverse. I stopped briefly to top out on the ‘summit’, which consists of little more than a crop of boulders mid-ridge. Think about it buddy. Long Son Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Long SÆ¡n) is a Buddhist temple in the the city of Nha Trang on south central coast of Vietnam.It is regarded as one of the main sites in the city, along with Hai Duc Temple. Meeker from Pagoda. I decided to rest for a few minutes and enjoy the solitude. The climb consists of tagging all seven peaks in the Longs’ massif in one big push: Meeker > Longs > Pagoda > Storm > Lady Washington > Battle Mtn. I was hopeful to see some again today, but it was not to be. We found this easily and trudged up to the summit of Pagoda … This next section was the other one which I was unsure of. Longs Peak is also the highest point in Boulder County and the most northerly 14er in the Rocky Mountains.It rises 2,700 m (8,860 ft) from the western edge of the Great Plains, heralding the start of the great boundary that is the Continental Divide. I know I poo poo on the 14ers a lot, but I’ve always held Longs in the highest of regards, and its impossible to argue this isn’t the greatest cirque in the Lower 48. Finally I hit a spot I had been afraid of. Yet there they sit, just lying in wait for some idiot to come along who thinks it is a good idea to try out one of the epic days. [Large version (411 KB)] Rocky Mountain National Park: The High Peaks Sitting on summit #5, I decided to give myself more than 5-10 minutes of rest this time. I also like Gerry’s writing because hidden within these chapters lies the occasional ‘crazy’ route up one of our 14ers. Your email address will not be published. As I have opined before, I couldn’t help but feel that entire thing was a gift just for me. Pagoda to Storm: 1:33 (7:34) It always blows my mind. My imagination conjured up visions of surfing 1,000 vertical feet down the south side of the ridge on a rock avalanche. That’s one heck of a surprise cliff. Except I did not see it at first. By 1022, we were all packed up, and it was time to begin our descent. Thankfully, it turned out to be much more straight-forward than the previous. More boulder hopping. Doesn’t get much better than having the summit of Longs all to yourself, let alone what prob felt like the entire park. the Trough) back into Glacier Gorge. I still wasn’t 100% sure I wasn’t in the correct gully, but I had seen enough to be pretty positive I had made a mistake. So glad the weather held and the ice you were concerned about ended up being a non-factor. Making my way off Storm, I stopped in the Boulderfield to refill my Camelbak. In the 1920’s a large cable was installed on this route to assist climbers and became the standard route up Longs for many years (before the cables were removed). I don’t exactly know what it is, but it is probably some combination his great writing, attention to important details, personal experience, and the occasional ‘Roachisms’ that all add up to a really quality guidebook. For whatever reason, a single tree’s branches would interweave with its neighbors probability half of the time. The route had been 100% clear to this point, so I was optimistic, but uncertain. Looking back to the start of the Trough after reaching its base. Third+ class from Pagoda/Keyboard col. Strenuous+. Roach’s Radical Slam has inspired many “Crazy Scot Plans” in the past. Also, I paused the watch at the summits and the two times I stopped to fill water, which added another hour to the ‘true time’ for the route. This was good since I had run out of water on McHenrys. It looked straightforward enough. Lamb’s Slide, Broadway, The Notch, The Diamond….all the legends are in full display from the top of Lady Washington. As for me, the first substantial (and useful) light hit right as I was nearing the exit ramp from the Loft Couloir. Third class from Pagoda/Keyboard col. The cliff line was much harder to make out than it had seemed from pictures. And finally, the upper portions of Pagoda’s ridge looked like a loose pile of suck. The name Pagoda is a reference to Pagoda buildings – common in China, Japan and Korea – that were designed by layering tiers of wooden roofs on top of another. When I hit that terrain, I knew without a doubt it was time to turn around. They were all fairly steep and I could not see the bottom of any. If you find yourself in stuff harder than this, look around and try again. I am not exactly sure how much time this saved, but it certainly felt a lot faster as I reached the first summit of the day exactly three hours after starting out from the trailhead. Haha….the club is spreading. The basic outline is simple enough. With all that said, I decided that caution would be the order of the day. after Pagoda but the downclimb from Pagoda on the south face stumped me. I bypassed some willows before coming across something I was not anticipating – bristlecone pines. Finally….time for the easiest transition between summits of the day so far. There were a few nuances that I knew I needed to get right. Its re-invigorated my admiration for that stoic sentinel of the Front Range. Oh and also, just for good measure, the day is not truly over until you complete the final two challenges: I had my eye on this one for the past few years, but I really did not take it too seriously until this summer. Looks like an awesome day in the park. I ended up attempting the wild basin traverse, trying to continue on toward Chief, etc. Easy. I also blew someone elses mind, when he asked me if I had made it to Black Lake, and I said I made it to Longs Peak. I have been doing a whole lot of road running, climbing peaks, and the occasional trial run to stay in shape. 8,000 Feet And of course, one thing remained as I rolled back to the TH. It means a lot. Definitely a tricky spot for sure – happy to add some needed info on it. Somehow we still managed to screw it up tho. Storm to Lady Washington: 52:00 (8:27) Deciding to take Roach’s advice literally, I proceeded to then collapse on the group and just breath for a solid 10 minutes. Usually I always make a point to bring photos of the route and this time I didn’t. and couldn’t find a safe enough route down. We gotta get you out into the park soon here. I have always wanted to traverse this ridge from Longs to Pagoda, but after fighting my way up Pagoda’s scree north slope, and looking at the rubble on this ridge, I couldn’t see myself doing it. Anyway, the traverse into Keplinger’s was completely snow free from there, as was the couloir. Any chance you have pictures to go along? Lake Powell, Mount Alice, and Pilot Mountain. A peak’s prominence, also known as topographic prominence or relative height, is a measure of how distinct a peak is from other peaks. It probably was not any faster than walking, but after being off-trail all day, it felt amazing to just be able to move on something relatively smooth. It did indeed cliff out, and in dramatic fashion. 🙂 haha). Photo taken from the Sinclair Station off 51st & Federal (just north of I-70) in Denver, with the Regis University campus in the foreground (behind the fence). I would hike it as fast as I felt comfortable, but focus more on completion over any sort of super fast time. Excellent introduction and sentiments shared by many, I’m sure. Whatever it was, I took note of this. Through the Keyhole and over towards Storm and Lady Washington – summits #4 & 5. Meeker – 13,911′ I realize this post is several years old by this point but I wanted to comment and say I am obsessed with the idea of doing this. Well done, buddy! Longs From the summit of Pagoda, pick a line to Longs to suit your desired level of difficulty (class 3+). Last look back at Taylor, McHenry’s, and Powell from the Keyhole. As I got closer, all the signs kept pointing towards my original route being incorrect. I found it was actually much easier than I had anticipated. From there, I knew the next step was to simply make an ascending traverse beneath the cliffs to the base of The Trough. I’ve wanted to do this for awhile, now I learn from your wisdom:), I will second Ricardo’s comment, Zambo – an animal you are! It was early, but not that early. After reading several TR’s, I decided the best path would be to go further north before dropping down to the trees. I also had my phone, but did not get service in this area. With a better map, I could have easily re-routed myself. The more famous Grand Slam route consists of the first five peaks in this list (i.e. Ah well…. 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