Peak(s):  Longs Peak  -  14,259 feet
Storm Peak B  -  13,326 feet
Mt. Lady Washington  -  13,281 feet
Date Posted:  09/11/2015
Date Climbed:   09/10/2015
Author:  JQDivide
Additional Members:   beburke30
 3 from the Boulder Field (w/ Times)   

Hiked Longs Peak, Keyhole Route, then hit Storm Peak and Mt Lady Washington with Brian B (beburke30).

Total time: 12 hr 50 min for the three peaks
(Ariana, who was also with us, but only did Longs was about 11 hrs 30 mins total)
6 hours to Summit Longs

2:25 left TH
3:25 the bridge (1hr)
4:10 Chasm Lake junction (1 hr 45 min)
5:40 the lower end of Boulder Field (3 hrs 15 min)
6:20 Keyhole (Just under 4 hours to the Keyhole with minimum stops to adjust layers and pull out snacks, no significant breaks.)
(spent 25 minutes in Keyhole shelter. Windy and chilly morning)
6:45 to 7:12 The Ledges
7:12 to 7:52 The Trough
7:52 to 8:25 The Narrows and Homestretch
8:25 SUMMIT of Longs (1 hr 40 min from Keyhole to Summit, 6 hrs total)
(45 minutes on summit, BEAUTIFUL day on top, left at 9:10)

Heading back...
9:10 to 9:33 Homestretch
9:33 to 9:45 Narrows
9:45 to 10:10 Trough
10:10 to 10:35 Ledges
10:35 at Keyhole (1hr 25 min back to Keyhole from Summit)
(spent 20 minutes at Keyhole for snacks)
10:55 Left Keyhole
11:33 Storm Peak summit
12:00 down to Boulder Field
12:10 BF camp/toilet
12:15 Across BF to base of Mt Lady Washington
12:40 Mt Lady Washington summit
1:50 Chasm Lake junction
2:30 Bridge
3:15 TH

The TRIP REPORT...
So we hiked the Keyhole Route, it's now one of my favorite 14er hikes, loved the variety from the Boulder Field to the Summit. Yadda, yadda, yadda.
We returned to the Keyhole. Ariana didn't want to do the two 13ers. I was still feeling energized, as was Brian. We said good byes and headed out.

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Storm Peak from Keyhole Shelter

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Storm Peak from Keyhole. Went to right of rock formation


From the Keyhole shelter, we headed straight north toward Storm Peak, keeping to the Boulder Field side. There is a large rock formation on the south end, we hiked (boulder hopped) up toward it and skirted around to hikers right (BF side) We were not 100 percent about the location of the summit, other than it was on the far northern end. We tried to stay somewhat level, but moved up slightly, as we traversed the side of Storm Peak. The top ridge was rugged and we didn't want to go up and down up and down. We spotted a large rock slab. We didn't want to go above or below, too much time and energy because we didn't know what was on the other side. We followed a large crack/ledge in the middle. The rock was slightly different color above/below the crack. It was narrow but had good footing. Also had good hand holds. An easy traverse with some exposure, still class two. From there we climbed up the boulders and hit a high point, but not the summit. So we down climbed a bit around a large boulder then hit the summit ridge. We only stayed on top a few minutes than turned east and started to boulder hop down to the BF. We followed a line toward the BF camping area.

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On the edge of Storm Peak looking toward northern summit ridge

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Storm Peak from the Boulder Field



I didn't get a good photo of the slab and crack we crossed: But can see it photos 3 & 4, just to the right of center of photo 3, just passed the spire below the low point; in photo 4, 1/3 of the way along the ridge from the left side of image. Here is a cropped version.
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Storm Peak: the slab and crack, crossed between the blue lines


From the Boulder Field we followed a line straight east toward Mt Lady Washington.
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Mt Lady Washington and the Boulder Field

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The summit boulder

MLW has two high points with a shallow gully or depression between them. We angled left/northeast to avoid the southwest high point and tried to hit the gully about half way up near 13,000. We did, than hiked up the gully and found a random cairn. Then up to the left/north was the summit. Great views of Chasm Lake and the East Face of Longs. The summit boulder made for some cool photos. Two other hikers appeared from the southwest coming over the high point. We descended straight East directly toward the Chasm Lake trail junction at 11,540 on the main trail. According to "The Book" it's .8 mile from the MLW summit to the Junction. More boulder hopping. (The couple we saw at the top descended north toward Granite Pass.)

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Mt Lady Washington summit with the east face of Longs

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Looking down Mt Lady Washington to the main trail and the Chasm junction

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Coming down Mt Lady Washington

Basically the entire Boulder Field basin is full of, well, boulders. Two large piles of boulders form two 13ers. Both peaks were class 2 rock hopping. You could toss in some Class 3 easily on Storm Peak and probably 4/5 if you crossed the top of the ridge.



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