Longs Peak

We climbed Longs Peak yesterday. It was fabulous. It’s a Class Three hike, requiring more than just walking on a path, which actually made me hungry for some more challenging 14er hikes. We’ve been making our way down the Sawatch Range, which has been great, but all of those peaks are relatively easy and are mostly Class Two.

Anyway…back to Longs. It was long. The worst thing is the time you need to get up to summit in time. As a rule of thumb, we like to summit before noon. Longs is can get kinda dicey if there’s weather, so we wanted to summit around 10am. That translates to a 2:30am wakeup. Yup, you heard me right: 2:30am.

So, on four hours of sleep, we hiked for 10 hours over 14 miles and gained 5,100 feet in elevation. For more, here is our trip report: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=10558.

Overall, it was a great day hiking with friends. We had awesome weather, and it’s always good to be outdoors in Colorado (probably my most favorite thing in the world). That said, I don’t know that I’ll be rushing to do Longs again anytime soon. I first summitted the peak seven years ago. Once every seven years is enough.

Here are a few of my favorite pics from the trip (you can see why we didn’t want to bring Lola along):



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