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Oct 18, 2011
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I guess a experienced climber was blown off the keyhole last week, he was climbing by himself, and the route was paved in verglass. He's ok, just sustained minor injuries. Let this be a reminder to bail, when the weather is shit. Ryan-Nelson
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Sep 22, 2010
363 points
Oct 18, 2011
Hip trouble ...
Interesting ... that route can be very windy. It was only a little windy when I climbed it in September but probably gusting over 40mph, so we tried to stay on the E side. George Bell
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
5,901 points
Oct 18, 2011
Don't forget also to hike with a string trailing you, just in case someone needs to fly a kite, perfect opportunity. You could even step it up and tie a key into the string for the electrical effect during a storm. Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
1,494 points
Oct 18, 2011
If I remember correctly, the same thing happened earlier this
year, but unfortunately with fatal results.
Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2005
61 points
Oct 24, 2011
What the heck was an experienced climber doing on the Keyhole? Canon
Joined May 15, 2011
162 points
Nov 24, 2011
Gannon wrote:
What the heck was an experienced climber doing on the Keyhole?

Because it's a beautiful route?
Zane E
From Lyons, CO
Joined Aug 18, 2011
7 points
Nov 24, 2011
J TREE
Ah yes Longs Peak........

Well I've seen people blown off their feet well below the Keyhole.....

IF a weather station COULD be placed up there and withstand the brutal winds......

I would say it may beat the highest wind gusts ever recorded.....
Jim Amidon
Joined Jun 12, 2001
927 points
Nov 24, 2011
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Na I think those 230+ winds at Mt.Washington decades ago will stand up for a long time as the worst wind on record. typical 'calm' day is near 100mph. Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
3,090 points
Nov 24, 2011
The highest wind gust recorded on Longs was Winter 1981 at 201mph before the wind gauge broke. Since there is no continuous monitoring (as on Mt Washington), there is a good probability that faster winds have occurred.

Anyone that has been on Longs during a typical wind storm experiences: the vacuum that sucks your breath away as you face downwind; hearing the ominous roar of an approaching wind gust; hugging the ground waiting for a lull to move forward; and of course there is no such thing as peeing down wind in such hurricane force winds.
KevinCO
From Loveland, CO
Joined Mar 22, 2006
85 points


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