Peak(s):  Longs Peak  -  14,259 feet
Date Posted:  12/05/2021
Date Climbed:   11/28/2021
Author:  justiner
 East Chimney/South Face   

A November tick of Longs Peak - three months in a row for me.

My initial objective was the Southwest Ridge, which I find to be excellent, but the hoar frost on route made treating it as a rock climb a risky endeavor. A little surprised, as the west face usually gets a ton of sun, and there wasn't a lot of snow up there to begin with. Thankfully, once I turned the corner to get onto the Narrows, the south face was positively baked in sunshine, and the ledges that make up the East Chimney were nice and dry.

The East Chimney is a somewhat ignored route - most people on the Narrows aren't looking for it, but rather are just focusing on the task at hand of traversing across. I wandered onto it very much by accident a few years ago and thankfully for me, it went - and I found the scrambling to get of great quality. Makes a more exciting finish to the summit than Homestretch! Still, it's an obscure route - it is mentioned in Rossiter's latest guide - but it takes up a very small sentence and isn't put on any topos.

Also to note: Kate Hale finished her Longs Peak Project just the other day - making her, I think: the first woman to summit Longs Peak 12 months in a row, each by a different route. There's a possibility that Lisa Foster has done something similar, given how she has just so many summits of Longs Peak (most likely being the female record holder by a country mile), but I don't know if this exact goal was something she has.


My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




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