Longs Peak - Altitude Prep

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Re: Longs Peak - Altitude Prep

Postby Jim Davies » Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:08 pm

Consider wearing helmets for Longs. Don't attempt the west ridge of Quandary unless you've seriously done your homework. It's a popular place for people to get in trouble, especially if they try to abort the climb and shortcut the descent. Kelso Ridge is a way better choice for a number of reasons - better rock, better scenery, easier route finding, convenient descent trail. IMO.
Climbing at altitude is like hitting your head against a brick wall — it's great when you stop. -- Chris Darwin
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Re: Longs Peak - Altitude Prep

Postby tlee83 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:59 pm

Just wanted to chime in - my husband and I also did Long's as our first 14er, and we lived in Charlotte at the time. We had both just completed an Olympic distance triathlon, and we honestly didn't even know what a 14er was when we agreed to climb it. #-o We stayed with a friend in Fort Collins for 2 nights before. It sounds like you are in great shape, good luck!
"We reached the tree line and I dropped my pack
Sat down on my haunches and I looked back down
Over the mountain
Helpless and speechless and breathless"
-James Taylor

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