essay! I have only been to Rocky Mountain National Park once. For acclimation hikes. We didn't try to summit Longs but we did do the long hike to Chasm Lake and back. It's where I found out all about altitude sickness. I was hoping to acclimate in two to three days, but in fact it took me eight days.
Thanks Bob! I have been very fortunate to not have altitude sickness issues in Colorado. As an alternative, I would highly recommend the North Cascades - which provide stellar scenery at much lower elevations. I know I'm looking forward to heading back there later this summer.
Now, after reading your report, I know why they call it "Longs"
and how 'SHORT' time slips away.
I would require nine days, otherwise I'd have to be "resuscitated"
by Laura Antonelli, which wouldn't be so bad !
Thanks Larry! For a number of reasons, it was an appropriate title, and yes how quickly time slips away. Could have just as easily called it "Longs Peak and the Cats in the Cradle."
Enjoyed the photos also! Your perspective on Longs seems to have evolved from wannabe to climber to guide.
Might be hard to pass on another chance to summit. DMB could be playing Red Rocks next year!
Thanks Bill! Now, I'm not too sure about that guide thing...unless people want a higher chance of getting lost (LMAO). In reality, I know that both Andrew and Olivia have spent enough time in the mountains of Colorado to have been fine by themselves. I understand them wanting to go with someone that's done it bofore though. It's nice to feel needed(LOL).
We'll see about 2017, but my guess is that the concert caravan may not be a reality then. I'll be sure to keep in touch this summer...will be anxious to hear what you have planned. The Winds I assume? Take care...
Geez, Mark ! Gonna have to start calling you "Daddy Warbucks."
And great photos! Where was that first photo taken - somewhere above Black Lake?
Thanks, and thanks for stopping by! The first photo was taken from the east ridge of Otis Peak, pretty close to the summit. As stated in the caption, I used A LOT of zoom.