Longs Peak, Solo Winter Ascent of the East Face. From January 13 to 17, 1983 I made the first solo winter ascent of the Lower East Face-Diamond combination on Longs Peak. On the Lower East Face I climbed the Gray Pillar (IV, 5.9, A4) up to Broadway. I then continued up the Diamond on D7 (V, 5.9, A2). The climb took four days up and one on the descent. The weather was nearly perfect with clear skies but cold nights.