On the descent, there's a short 3rd Class section through a cliff-band at 13,250'. There were certainly many areas of deadfall and thicker groves, but each time I hit one of these, it as easily bypassed by a nearby opening. Hahaha…..but seriously man, thanks so much for all the encouraging and kind words on this. Topped out on Meeker, looking across as the morning sun warms Longs. Definitely the crux of the entire route I’d say no matter how you slice it. Third class from Pagoda/Keyboard col. I saw these and they looked familiar from a picture as well. With the Grand Slam complete, this was decision time. Longs, plus its four surrounding 13ers), but Roach decided to throw in Battle Mtn. But like I said, I was in it for completion on this day, not time. And they were not little piles of rocks either. I changed your cover shot to the 3D map of the slam. I saddled up once more and made yet another ascending traverse over to the top of Storm Peak. Peering behind, I felt my gut sink. As I continued down, the trees maintained a pretty reasonable density, which allowed for a remarkably swift descent. and couldn’t find a safe enough route down. It’s nice to see the “standard” way of connecting these peaks has evolved somewhat over the years. The climb consists of tagging all seven peaks in the Longs’ massif in one big push: Meeker > Longs > Pagoda > Storm > Lady Washington > Battle Mtn. It can’t be further up….” But I was still pretty nervous. Lamb’s Slide, Broadway, The Notch, The Diamond….all the legends are in full display from the top of Lady Washington. It links incredible features and a multitude of moderate routes from Arrowhead (12,642’) to McHenrys (13,327′), McHenry’s to Chief’s Head (13,579′), Chief’s Head to Pagoda (13,497′), and finally Pagoda to the iconic Longs Peak(14,259′). I found staying closer to the ridge offered really solid scrambling and a quick passage to the third summit of the day. I ended up attempting the wild basin traverse, trying to continue on toward Chief, etc. The climb up to Pagoda actually turned out to be a delight. Pagoda Mountain 13497ft 4114m Longs Peak 14259ft 4346m The Keyhole 13160ft 4011m Eugenia Mine 9908ft 3020m Storm Pass 10250ft 3124m Granite Pass 12080ft 3682m Chasm Junction 11540ft 3517m B a t t l e M o u n t a i n.mi.km.mi.km.mi.km.mi.km.mi.km.mi.km.mi.km.mi.km.mi.km To Estes Park To Lily Lake 3.1mi 5.0km The ice on the exit ramp from the Loft Couloir. Thankfully it was still early and the weather was literally perfect – not a cloud to be seen. 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. It did indeed cliff out, and in dramatic fashion. 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 traverse to here went by easily enough, although it certainly took a bit of time make it. Lady Washington to Battle Mtn: 49:00 (9:16) I once saw a herd of 50-75 Elk on Battle Mountain’s Ridge from afar. *This section could have been quite a bit quicker. Finally I hit a spot I had been afraid of. For whatever reason, a single tree’s branches would interweave with its neighbors probability half of the time. – Mt. After 25 minutes or so, I stood atop the seventh, and final, summit on the day. Meeker are seen looking E from Pagoda. That looked like a fantastic fall day in the hills! The terrain begins on stuff similar to the Homestretch, but quickly eases in angle and difficulty. Looking back to the start of the Trough after reaching its base. Nice work. With this first obstacle passed easily enough, I began to worry about that pesky cliff band. The line of cliffs is pretty sheer across the whole face, with only one class 3 gully that provides safe passage. Pagoda-Longs-Meeker View Follow maintained trail as described in the "Approach" to Black Lake. The whole section was only 50 feet or so, becoming 100% clear again after that. Currently the photos are replaced by a message from photobucket.com and I’d love to see especially the section between Longs and Pagoda! The Grand Slam was complete, the weather was holding, as the Diamond was in fine form. I soon found the trail leading to Storm Pass, with the only real negative being just how large Estes Cone appeared to be from there. By 1022, we were all packed up, and it was time to begin our descent. Being alone, this was not terrain I wanted to mess up on. This next section was the other one which I was unsure of. The rock is highly featured, incredibly solid, and confidence inspiring but the exposure along this very narrow ridge is quite intimidating. Its re-invigorated my admiration for that stoic sentinel of the Front Range. Longs Peak, North Face "Cables" Route (II, 5.4) The North Face is a historic gem and an excellent introduction into technical climbing. A peak’s prominence, also known as topographic prominence or relative height, is a measure of how distinct a peak is from other peaks. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Family Thanksgiving in the Desert, 2020 Style, Searchin’ for Serenity in the Grand Canyon: Escalante Route 2020. Back towards Meeker and Longs from Pagoda. - Henry David Thoreau. My wife kept asking me when I was going to do a 14er. Any of them looked like they might work, yet none of them looked quite right. It was early, but not that early. Bring pictures of what to look for. Your email address will not be published. But before going in, I reminded myself of the mantra I had decided to climb by all day: If I encountered any section which I was not 100% certain I could climb back out of, I wouldn’t take it. It does indeed seem like it’s gotten a little bit smarter at least as to how people do this. With that, I knew it was time to turn back. As I finally topped out on peak #5, I was getting thirsty, but I was enjoying the weather, which continued to be gorgeous. Essentially I followed the Homestretch all the way down to where it splits right to the Narrows. From there, I knew the next step was to simply make an ascending traverse beneath the cliffs to the base of The Trough. Pagoda, Pavilion and Chinese bridge in the Black Dragon Pool Park, with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the back, Lijiang, ... panorama from the narrows on the keyhole route up Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park The white Japanese Peace Pagoda (Sama Ceitya) surrounded by lush greenery of garden on Rumassala mount, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka. I have always firmly believed that we all climb in God’s grace, and I humbly asked for wisdom and guidance in this situation. > Estes Cone (in that order). I’m surprised that you don’t hear more attacks on people on the East Longs Peak TH, given how busy it is. I found a great climber’s trail off of Meeker and quickly found my way over to the descent beneath the Palisades, following the excellent cairns along the way. It’s funny: after I got home from this day I somehow got onto Mountain Project and started reading about all the technical routes up Longs. So frustrating! Again, I got this one right. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us, because unfathomable. When I hit that terrain, I knew without a doubt it was time to turn around. As I descended to the base of the Homestretch, I paused to try to scope out the descent to the gentle terrain on the saddle. In front of me there were a number of different and non-obvious gullys. Pagoda is seldom climbed, and there was no cairn on top, so we built a small one. I was certainly tired, but I was not beaten. I like this mountain. In a bit of instant irony, I used the very next moment to stop and pee. Longs Peak.—On the southwest side of Longs Peak, facing Pagoda, is a long cliff of black rock, 50 to 100 feet high, but broken by gullies near the center of the cliff like stretch. Enjoy!… In time, you’ll get to a point where the Radical Slam is more of a realistic possibility. The first portion of the day consists of taking the Loft Route to the summit of Meeker. Well, with all that drama now behind me, I was nearly an hour behind schedule. by SgtUSMC » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:53 pm Hey guys, my wife and I will be coming to RMNP in July to do Longs, Spearhead, Pagoda, and sharkstooth. I loved every second of being out there, and it felt like a very fitting end to the summer. As it turn out, the correct passage was much further right of what I had expected. I was pretty happy about this. Thanks for taking the time. Hi Emilie……thanks for the comment. The forest was surprisingly healthy and not overly dense. Except I did not see it at first. I am by no means experienced but I am super determined. Hopefully they all found success. So much for leave no trace…. Nice! Thanks Benny! This route certainly can (and has been done) much quicker than this. 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). Working on legs and lots of high altitude cardio. What an accomplishment! At almost any given time, I could look and see probably 10 of them. That’s one hell of an effort, and a day to be proud of. The rocks did not look inviting and I still could not see the bottom. Roach’s Radical Slam has inspired many “Crazy Scot Plans” in the past. While most of them were solid, it still took longer than expected to make this traverse. Always study sufficiently when going on new terrain. I bypassed some willows before coming across something I was not anticipating – bristlecone pines. Nice usage of arrows too! I was happy to be away from the exposure. As for me, the first substantial (and useful) light hit right as I was nearing the exit ramp from the Loft Couloir. Looking up from Mills Lake. Looking over to Chiefs Head, Alice, and the rest of the Wild Basin peaks. I’ve been eyeing a route similar to this since hitting Pagoda from GG last winter and this report will come in handy down the road for sure, so thanks Zambarino! 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. Other destinations along the way: Alberta Falls (9400 ft): .8 miles one way, 220 foot gain. Looking towards Longs Peak from Pagoda. However, I knew this would be some of the spicier terrain being solo. Oh also, I have another idea for a fall epic with you. Thankfully, I had turned around well before that, but had I not stopped when I did, the results could have been much more serious. Deciding to take Roach’s advice literally, I proceeded to then collapse on the group and just breath for a solid 10 minutes. When I reached peak #2 – Longs – I had to do a double take. The rocks made for easy boulder hopping on class 2+/3 terrain. Happy trails! This was absolutely the right way. I had read that the trail started good, then quickly deteriorated, disappearing altogether near the top. It made for quick passage and I was even able to jog a bit on the downhills. I actually had to stop for a second to make sure it was the right pitch before ascending as there have always been masses of people (or snow) on it every other time I have climbed it. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. This was the section which had me most nervous as I knew ice had shut it down not too long ago. Third+ class from Pagoda/Keyboard col. Strenuous+. – Battle Mountain – 12,044′ (unranked) Battle Mtn. I’m pretty good at using all four appendages to climb with and so far I can tell I have good balance and footing. Knock on wood I guess. There must have been over 200 cairns on the 0.7 mile stretch. Lady Washington, Battle Mountain, and Estes Cone in one go. Looking down the descent route between the first two keys. Pagoda Mountain sits at the southern end of Glacier Gorge in between two of Rocky Mountain National Park's beasts: Longs Peak (14,255 ft.) and Chiefs Head Peak (13,579 ft.). I decided to rest for a few minutes and enjoy the solitude. The traverse from Longs to Pagoda was the stretch that gave me the most worry going into this route. When the terrain looked much more different than I remembered, I veered off course. Lake Powell, Mount Alice, and Pilot Mountain. It means a lot. I borrowed some sunscreen from a fellow hiker and checked in on my water. Thanks for the great beta photos (and great photos in general). Estes Cone to TH (plus 50 pushups): 1:07 (11:55). Standing there, I proceeded to look up and the arrow was literally 10 feet in front of my face. Never be afraid to turn around. In a lot of the other TR’s I had read, this section seemed to drive a lot of people nuts. 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. 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. We gotta get you out into the park soon here. At worst, I was ready right then and there to back-track all the way back over the Longs if it meant avoiding this. Pagoda Now the real fun begins. 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. Welcome to the Punpedia entry on panda puns! "Climbing Longs and its four buttress peaks in one day is a five-peak project that will stir sturdy souls" - Gerry Roach "The route includes summiting Mt. It's been said that Pagoda's summit register (which we… 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. The complete route of the Radical Slam. I tried this in ’09 and decided to give Pagoda a miss because of the verglass up there. Just seems like a sweet way to highlight this one on the front page of the website :). Ice had shut down the Keyhole and Loft Route just a week and a half prior to this, so I was not even sure what I would find higher up. I got within about 100 feet of where another trip report said you could get to and traverse over to start up Chief Mt. 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. What’s more, there was a lot of water running down the slick rocks which appeared to be a substantial bit more committing than anything I had yet encountered. Thanks for sharing. I felt encouraged looking down the gully as I could see all the way to the bottom on the relatively straight-forward terrain. 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. I climbed back up a few hundred feet, following the cliff band towards the Longs-Pagoda saddle. I was hopeful to see some again today, but it was not to be. While the correct chute through the cliffs is left of the ridge proper, I had gone much too far left. Climbing longs, spearhead, pagoda, sharkstooth. When I rode back to Longs Peak last weekend, most of the snow had already melted. I estimate I wasted at least 45-60 minutes on my incorrect route choice. Couple this with the fact that I absolutely hate running in the dark, and I decided to give up on trying to jog anything after a quarter mile or so. The cliffs of Longs from this location are magnificent, and on the other side are the cliffs of Pagoda, making me feel that I am truly in the great hall of the mountain king. Descending down the ridge off of Lady Washington towards Battle Mountain and Estes Cone. Its gentle ridge is flat, grassy, soft, and very beautiful. I hope you enjoy your process of getting into climbing and the peaks. "Well, okay," he said and kept walking. Overall, I’d say this route is a sort of culmination of a lot of those skills, and shouldn’t be taken lightly by any means. Although a bit uncertain, I decided this must be the way and pressed on ahead. Moving quickly down, Estes Cone slowly comes into view. I also had my phone, but did not get service in this area. From this point, I instead went left and down. From a distance it looked like a loose choss-pile, but it turned out to be quite solid. after Pagoda but the downclimb from Pagoda on the south face stumped me. Preferably on a day when you have to feel the wrath of I-70 like the rest of us for a change! Alpenglow over Southeast Longs. “Is that a waterfall?” Waterfalls mean cliffs. Thus far it has two members: my wife and ol’ buddy Dillon! I was not looking forward to it. Descent From the Keyhole Route on Long's, cross-country down the talus slopes (e.g. That equates to 16-18 miles and approximately 8,000 vertical feet of gain. 😉. I never found the correct gully en route to Pagoda (in fact I didn’t even know there was a cliff band between the two peaks, go figure) so as a result I found myself down climbing some terrain I was far from comfortable on. Thanks for posting this report! Post was not sent - check your email addresses! And that’s saying a lot! I knew that staying too far right would cliff me out, so I did a descending traverse veering leftwards as much as possible. It’s actually perfectly placed to mark the exit gully to go back to the Loft (the direction of the arrows), which is the same gully you use to traverse down to Keplinger’s. Fay Lakes and Spectacle Lakes via Ypsilon Lake. Required fields are marked *. Easy. It’s pretty great. From the summit of Longs we headed down the Homestretch for a short while before veering off and heading towards Pagoda. The stop for water probably contributed. Follow the obvious knife edge ridgeline along the W Ridge (5.7) of Pagoda. I down climbed the gully with relative ease (again following great cairns) and was happy about how simple it had been to find. Next, they walked over the top of Chiefs Head and encountered a knife-edge ridge leading to Pagoda Mountain. Pagoda Mt is .7 miles west of Longs Peak, the 5th highest peak in RMNP. Anyway, the traverse into Keplinger’s was completely snow free from there, as was the couloir. Once I reached it, it was all too obvious that this was the correct route. [1]Long Son Pagoda was previously known as Đăng Long Tá»± and it is located at 22 October 23 Street. It only makes this MORE confusing.”. This route isn’t called a “sick concoction” for nothing. By far. As I eventually reached Battle Mountain Pass, I chuckled as I put a single step on the Longs Peak trail. Pagoda to Storm: 1:33 (7:34) Zambi – this is my favorite report of yours of all time. Thanks again! Eric Lee (thebeave7) once describe this route as a “sick concoction.” He is right about that. I did not find a great picture or description beforehand, so I was unsure. 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 think I actually remembered reading your TR a while ago. And finally, the upper portions of Pagoda’s ridge looked like a loose pile of suck. Vert: Approx. The Radical Slam seemed like a really cool way to ‘use’ some of that fitness. “This must be the gully.” I thought, “I know it’s left, the dark rocks are right there, and I don’t see anything else that looks passable. So, I pressed on for the first few hours alone in the dark. 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