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Keyboard of the Winds

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Keyboard of the Winds  


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Elevation: 13,600'
Location: 40.2492, -105.61863 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Leo Paik on Sep 8, 2006
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Description 

This is an amazing area along the SW ridge of Long's Peak that connects with Pagoda Peak. I've been told that prior to 1994, no one had climbed here. It took a quick ascent up Pagoda's N Face & clear skies to inspire exploration here. From Glacier Gorge, this area draws your eye as you droll & dream of a traverse along Chief's Head, Pagoda, Keyboard of the Winds, Long's Peak, & back down. This area lies downhill from The Palisades.

There are towers named: The Dark Tower, Mr. Stubbs, Mrs. Stubbs, Jackpot Tower, Sievers' Tower. 2 towers to the left of The Dark Tower may have names.

Some routes here include: Stubbs Fight Back, 5.11a; Picking Plums, 5.10c.

Getting There 

Most seem to approach this hump from Glacier Gorge, past Black Lake, 5mi, to Green Lake, and then up towards the col between Pagoda Peak & Long's Peak. Expect a workout for the average climbing bum...which of course will keep the crowds down.

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Weather station 5.7 miles from here

3 Total Routes

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Featured Route For Keyboard of the Winds
The view is straight up the line of ascent.  The overlaps are apparent at the top.

Key of Free 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Keyboard of the Winds
This route is reminiscent of the White Whale at Lumpy Ridge, but is a bit more serious at the top and longer overall. The rock quality is excellent. The route ascends the rounded arete and left-facing dihedral system up the center of farthest left tower of significance in the Keyboard of the Winds. Let's call it Tower One, which is maybe 500 feet right (SW) from the top of The Trough on the Keyhole Route. The easy going ends at overlapping rock near the top. Move left into a le...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The Keyboard of the Winds from the base of Spearhead...
The Keyboard of the Winds from the base of Spearhe...
Keyboards and waterfalls....
Keyboards and waterfalls....
Longs Peak and The Keyboard of the Winds as seen from Spearhead Cirque.
Longs Peak and The Keyboard of the Winds as seen f...
Another shot of the Keyboards a bit closer.
Another shot of the Keyboards a bit closer.
Keyboard of the Winds.
Keyboard of the Winds.

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