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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
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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This is a panorama of the Keyboard of The Winds as viewed from Arrowhead.

Quien Sabe Arete 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Keyboard of the Winds
This route ascends the NW arete or ridge of the unknown tower between Tower One and The Dark Tower. Approach from Glacier Gorge as for Tower One and break right once even with the base of the buttress. A clean, right-facing dihedral is obvious on the right and is the crux of the route. The climb over-all is reminiscent of the Keyhole Ridge on Long's Peak, though the dihedral is somewhat more difficult. Above the dihedral a short steep pitch leads to the crest of the ridge. Follow the ridge cr...[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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