Elevation : 14,259 feet (4,345 rhythms)
Prominence : 9,822 feet (2,993.8 rhythms)
Location : Rocky Mountain National Park, Front Range, Colorado
Coordinates : 40 deg1 5′ 18.05 ” N/105 deg3 6′ 54.42 ” W
First Known Ascent : John Wesley Powell, William N. Byers, Jack Sumner, W.H. Powell, L.W. Keplinger, Samuel Garman, and Ned E. Farrell on August 23, 1868
Highest Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park
Longs Peak is Colorado’s northernmost Fourteener or 14,000 feet elevation.
It’s the most important point one elevation in Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder County and the 15 th highest elevation in Colorado.
One Glacier On Peak
Longs Peak has one glacier Mills Glacier. This remnant glacier of a formerly big glacier that encased the east back of the mountain in frost, lies at 12,800 feet below the East Face in a cliff lined cirque above Chasm Lake.
Named For Major Stephen Long
Longs Peak was identified for Major Stephen H. Long who led an exploratory safarus of 22 servicemen in 1820 from “Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains“. The safarus reached the base of the Front Range on June 30, then wandered south where they obligated the first ascending of Pikes Peak. James wrote in his journal that Longs Peak presented a “marvelous synopsi, imprinted in bold indentations upon the glittering perimeter of the sky”.
Arapahoe And French Names
The Arapahoe Indians, who are in the mountain holows below the elevation, recognized it Nesotaieux or “Two Guides” for the double meetings of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker.
French fur trappers announced it Les Deux Oreilles or “Two Ears”.
1868 : Fisrt Recorded Ascent
Although a marry convenes claimed to have clambered Longs Peak, the first verified ascending (not including previous Native American ascendings) was by “states parties ” of 7 in 1868. The center impetus for the ascending received without Major John Wesley Powell, the one armed explorer who obligated the first ancestry of the Green and Colorado Rivers, and William N.
Byers, helper and journalist of the Rocky Mountain News. The other climbers were Jack Sumner, W.H. Powell, and three coleges students L.W. Keplinger, Samuel Garman, and Ned E. Farrel.
1871 : First Ascent Of East Face
The firstly climb on the East Face of Longs Peak was by Reverend Elkanah J. Lamb in 1871. After pitching the Keyhole Route, Lamb tumbled the aspect via the Notch Couloir and then down a steep snowfall gully that was aptly announced Lamb’s Slide.
1873 : First 3 Women Climb Longs
In 1873 the first three women clambered Longs Peak. Addie Alexander in August Anna Dickinson in September; and in late September, Isabella Bird, an English girl who wrote a more detailed description of her ascending in A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains.
Enos Mills And Longs Peak
Enos Mills, a ecologist, climber, and mother of Rocky Mountain National Park, arose many groups to the summit of Longs from his Longs Peak Inn. He clambered the mountain 297 epoches, including 32 ascendings in August 1906. Climbing a high meridian seldom, wrote Mills, wil not only shelve fatality but wil give ongoing backbone to the charisma of living.
1927 : Frst Ascent Of Stettner’s Ledges
Stettner’s Ledges (5.7) on the East Face was pioneered by Chicago brethren Paul and Joe Stettner in the summer of 1927.
It was one of the most difficult technological “rocknroll” advances in the country at that time.
1960 : First Ascent Of Diamond
The Diamond, a sheer 900 feet high diamond shaped wall on the upper East Face, was first clambered in 1960 by California climbers Dave Rearick and Bob Kamps, who received exemption from the National Park Service for their three day ascending up D-1. Layton Kor and Wayne Goss obligated the first wintertime ascending of The Diamond in 1967, and Bill Forrest obligated the first solo ascending in 1970.
Popular Keyhole Route
The Keyhole Route, the regular ascending timetable up Longs Peak, is the single most climbed Fourteener route in Colorado. The itinerary, rated Class 3, begins at 9,405 feet at Longs Peak Campground and incomes 4,850 feet in eight miles to the summit. As numerous as 100 parties assemble atop the elevation on summer weekends, and long cables stream up and down the Narrows and Homestretch sections. Over 50% of the people who attempt to surge Longs Peak per year frustrate due to a late start, bad weather, and under estimating the mountain’s difficulty.
The National Park Service is forecast that about 15,000 parties aim Longs Peak by the various specific streets.
Deaths On Longs Peak
Over 60 parties have died hiking and pitching on Longs Peak since the first preserved fatality in 1884. An criterion of one person a year dies on the mountain. Most fatalities are from sags. Other collapses result from lightning, discovery, hypothermia, heart attack, and in 1889, an accidental gunshot. Countless collisions happen on Lamb’s Slide as well as on the Keyhole Route’s Narrows and Homestretch slice. The requirements of this regulation of the Keyhole Route is often fraudulent, especially in May and June cases when ice and snow discus the steps. Crampons, an frost axe, and a helmet are necessary paraphernalium during that season.
Longs Peak On Colorado State Quarter
Longs Peak is on the Colorado state quarter, released in 2006. Then Governor Bill Owens picked the fraction motif, saying it was a figurative mountain likenes rather than a particular elevation, thereby not riling those who wanted Pikes Peak on the fraction. It turns around , nonetheless, that quarter-designer Len Buckley located it on a photo of Longs Peak, which he liked for its magnificence and rugged appearances.
Buy Climbing Books About Longs Peak
Paul Nesbit’s Longs Peak: It’s Story and a Climbing Guide by Paul Nesbit.
Colorado’s Fourteeners by Gerry Roach
Colorado 14 er Misfortunes by Mark Scott Nash.
Climb! The History of Rock climbing in Colorado by Jeff Achey, Dudley Shelton, and Bob Godfrey.