Longs Peak (14,255′)

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  • Elevation: 14,255 feet (start at 9,405 feet)
  • Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado USA
  • Summited: August 31st, 2001 8:30am MDT
  • Mileage:  7.5 miles one-way

I put this blog post up as a placeholder years after. I didn’t (maybe nobody) had blogs in 2001. I wish I did. This was one of the most epic days relatively I had ever had.

Natalee came to visit in my first summer in Colorado. Longs Peak overlooks Longmont. Why not climb it as my first Colorado 14er? That is a bad idea in retrospect. It is a long day and a hard mountain. Should have started elsewhere but that wouldn’t make for a great story.

We started from home at 1:30 AM. Arrived at the trail head maybe an hour later. In the dark, climbing up through the forest. I remember being so cold. We arrived at the boulder field in the dark and huddled to keep warm. We made it up through the keyhole at sunrise. Then the traversal across The Narrows and such had us feeling alive. We summitted at about 8:30 AM. It was nice and warm up top. Such a huge summit, like a football field. I was surprised by it.

We headed down and a storm raged in by the time we were in the boulder field. We kept trucking. Both us were loopy. Bonking. It was epic.

We made it back to the car around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. I recall saying it was “the longest 14 hours of my life”.

Years later, I returned and did the round trip in 4.5 hours. But you always remember your first!