High in Colorado

High in Colorado
Photo: Mandy Lea Photo

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Longs Peak Project (April) -- The Trough

April 9th—Ascended/descended via The Trough from Glacier Gorge Trailhead with Peter Bakwin

Pretty uneventful outing. Peter and I met at the bus stop at a reasonable hour for once. We hit the trail around first light and began the approach hike. Conditions on the Trough were absolutely perfect. Someone had kicked steps in the entire way up, which allowed us to get to the summit in nothing more than Microspikes and trekking poles. After lingering around the summit for a while we decided to begin our descent. We got out our axes for the glissading descent and were down on level ground in no time. The hardest part of the day was the return hike since the strong sun had softened the snow significantly. Eventually, we reached treeline and the snow was a little firmer. This was definitely the easiest ascent of the LPP so far; only taking us 6 hours 46 minutes car-to-car. 

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