La vie de vélo

Adventures in cycling and life

Long’s Peak (almost)

Right after our return from Mammoth, Jon organized an ascent of Long’s Peak , considered a fairly difficult 14er. Because of the risk of afternoon thunderstorms, you need to start hiking early – like 3:00 am early. Though the trail is only 7.5 miles up, the last 2 miles are pretty darn technical and require some class 4 rock climbing/scrambling with lots of exposure.

Of our group of 7, three made it to the peak. The rest of us, including Jos and I, turned around before the summit due to exposed cliffs, howling winds and freezing hands.

The line of headlamps below us.

Watching the sun rise at 12,500 ft.

Good morning – time to climb the Boulder Field.



After the boulder field, things start to get real


This is where we turned around, about 3/4 miles and 600 feet of climbing left but the exposure and the wind were too much

Looking back

Heading back down

Overall we hiked/climbed 14 miles in 10 hours. I am still sore 2 days later! It was a challenge for sure. I have no regrets about turning around but one of these days I’d like to go back and hit the summit.

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July 13, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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