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By Ryan-Nelson
From Fort Collins, CO
Oct 18, 2011
NCCC

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.


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By George Bell
From Boulder, CO
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.


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By Buff Johnson
Oct 18, 2011
smiley face

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.


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By Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Oct 18, 2011

If I remember correctly, the same thing happened earlier this
year, but unfortunately with fatal results.


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By Canon
Oct 24, 2011

What the heck was an experienced climber doing on the Keyhole?


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By Zane E
From Lyons, CO
Nov 24, 2011

Gannon wrote:
What the heck was an experienced climber doing on the Keyhole?

Because it's a beautiful route?


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By Jim Amidon
Nov 24, 2011
What ??

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.....


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By Woodchuck ATC
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.


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By KevinCO
From Loveland, CO
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.


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