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Keyboard of the Winds Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 13,600'
Location: 40.2492, -105.61863 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Sep 8, 2006
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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.

Climbing Season

For the Long's Peak area.

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Keyboard of the Winds

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Keyboard of the Winds:
Southwest Ridge   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, Alpine, Grade II   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Keyboards from low on the Glacier Gorge Trail.

The Glissando Link-up 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13  Colorado : Alpine Rock : ... : Keyboard of the Winds
Glissando [gli-sahn-doh] adjective:-performed by sliding one's fingers rapidly over the keys of a piano, striking every key along the way.This climb tags the summits of all 8 towers of "prominence" along the Keyboard of the Winds. Each summit clocks in over 13,000 feet. Many can be merely hiked to from the back side of the ridge, but to do the true link-up each one should be climbed from the north.Expect to hike about 16.5 miles and climb about 3...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Keyboard of the Winds from the base of Spearhe...
The Keyboard of the Winds from the base of Spearhe...
Rock Climbing Photo: Late afternoon light graces The Keyboard of the Wi...
Late afternoon light graces The Keyboard of the Wi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Keyboard of the Winds.
Keyboard of the Winds.
Rock Climbing Photo: Another shot of the Keyboards a bit closer.
Another shot of the Keyboards a bit closer.
Rock Climbing Photo: Longs Peak and The Keyboard of the Winds as seen f...
Longs Peak and The Keyboard of the Winds as seen f...

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