Climbing Colorado’s Longs Peak

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Longs Peak in Colorado


Jason is an avid mountain climber and has climbed Longs Peak in Colorado.

The northernmost 14,000-foot peak in Colorado, Longs Peak is the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. Close to Denver, the mountain is the most popular climb in the entire state, and it’s not uncommon to see one hundred climbers at the summit on weekends during the high summer season.

The most popular route is the Keyhole Route, which is a class 3 difficulty climb. The most difficult route to the top is Hornsby’s Direct Route, which is rated 5.8.

Conditions on the mountain are similar to those on other Colorado peaks – weather is always changeable, with each mountain seeming to have its own unique weather system. An early start is recommended, as thunderstorms are common in the peak summer season. The greatest risk on the mountain is lightning strikes; it is critical that climbers keep an eye on the sky and watch for coming storms, and be well versed in safety precautions climbers should take when they find themselves caught in a lighting storm.