MountainHiker wrote:When you look at fourteener fatalities, Longs has a high percentage on the standard route compared to most fourteeners.
Longs may (probably?) have the highest raw number of injuries and fatalities of any Colorado peak. But as a percentage? Given how many people attempt it, I doubt it's among the top 5. Too bad I can think of no way to measure this.
MountainHiker wrote:I wouldn’t take someone up Longs without knowing they did okay on other fourteeners first.
I agree. It’s amazing there’s not more accidents on Longs given the large number of people streaming up the trail. My point was the standard route has some unforgiving spots that take people. By percentage, I didn’t mean of total climbs, but what portion of accidents are on the standard route verses other routes on the mountain. I’m going by memory from reported accidents in recent years. There are certainly some other standard fourteener routes that have taken people in recent years. I wouldn’t take a newbie up those routes either.
My nephew is visiting this summer. He’s in great shape and did well with elevation when I took him to Mary Jane a few winters ago. I know without a doubt he has the mental and physical toughness along with natural ability to tackle any of the standard fourteener routes. But could I in good conscience take him up Longs, the Bells, or some of the other hardest for his first fourteener? As much as I know he would love some of those routes, no, I couldn’t do it.