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 Post subject: Long's Peak 'The Trough'
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:26 pm 
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Just seeing if anyone is interested in splitting 'The Trough' on Long's Peak. Its been on my list for years. I've never climbed Long's, but from what I hear, ANY route is a long haul. For the Trough, I think it would be best to skin in the day before and camp out in Glacier Gorge, then take on the 4,000' climb in the morning.

I've got a nice 4-season tent that will fit 3 comfortably (and 4 'snuggly'), we'd just split up the components to distribute the weight. I'll check with the backcountry office at the Park about the campsite, but I think it should be pretty much open this time of year.

There's also plenty of other lines in Glacier Gorge and just over the ridge in the Sky Pond area (like Taylor Glacier :oops: )...to make a 'fest' of things. :clap:

If anyone is interested, respond on this post with some dates. I'd like to do it sooner than later, to ensure snow coverage to skin on the 5+ mile approach, and also better snow coverage in the Trough.

Climbinglife.com has weekly updates of Park conditions. This line definitely comes into season early, as is evident by this report of it being skiied in Febuary

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 Post subject: Re: Long's Peak 'The Trough'
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:34 pm 
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It is really dry up there right now. Check out the TGR forums, a group skied the Trough (I think just last week) and they have lots of photos with virtually no snow-it looks like they had to keep taking their skis on and off during the approach, and walk on a lot of bare ground! Let's hope that this approaching storm really has something in store for us CO folks!

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 Post subject: Re: Long's Peak 'The Trough'
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:34 pm 
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Really? That sucks. Thanks for the info. I don't read TGR much. Its too hard to sort through all the bullshit to find legitimate TR's!

From what I know, the Trough never goes all the way to the summit. But that author said that it was dry the top 1000'. That is pretty disappointing.

Go figure, the year that I lose my job and plan on ski-bumming all season happens to also be a very bad snow year :(

But there's still a few more months to pray for a bit more snow.

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 Post subject: Re: Long's Peak 'The Trough'
PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:57 pm 
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Agreed about TGR, there is a lot of good information there if you can stand to wade through all the BS and name calling. I am so glad that SB.com posters are so much more civil and humble, thanks to everyone here for that!

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 Post subject: Re: Long's Peak 'The Trough'
PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:12 pm 
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barrows wrote:
Agreed about TGR, there is a lot of good information there if you can stand to wade through all the BS and name calling. I am so glad that SB.com posters are so much more civil and humble, thanks to everyone here for that!


Ironically, I found myself explaining to my AT-skiing partner the other day why I don't post much on 14ers.com. Too crowded. This is the same with TGR. There's just way too much traffic. Further, there's a lot of variation on the types of activities people like to do. TGR has your backcountry skiers, in-area skiers, and just plain deskchair-flamethrowers. 14ers.com has casual hikers, skiers, climbers, and just plain know-it-alls who want to scold you for recommending a simple class 3 scramble to a noob.

I like this board b/c it is such a close-knit community. Everyone here is a splitboarder...and we have just enough diversity in how we take part in the sport to make things dynamic.

Also, the courtesy level here is simple (which I explained to my skier friend): we have a group of SNOWBOARDERS who ride BACKCOUNTRY. You can't get much more 'laid back' than that (unless you're on a summit with 'skierconqueso' and one of his bubbly apparatus :lol: .)

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