little tidbits of information can prove to be invaluable on your journey
to the top of Longs. Some may be specific to the Longs Peak trail, but
most are generic enough to apply on any mountain expedition. Heeding
advice from those who have been there may mean the difference between
your trip being a challenging but enjoyable adventure or a complete
can also learn a lot by reading about the prior experience of others
Longs Peak Adventure Tales
addition to the tips below, be aware of these
& Safety Alerts
Early! It is recommended that you get started by 3 AM from the Longs
Peak Ranger Station and leave the summit by 12:00 noon due to the high
frequency of afternoon thunderstorms.
an eye on the weather. Be prepared for cold, rain (take a
lightweight, but sturdy, rain coat), sleet, etc. even in the middle of
summer. If thunderstorms start to develop, turn back.
plenty of water, at least twice as much as you think you will
need. It may seem a little heavy in the pack at first, but you will be
glad you have it hours and miles later.
plenty of sunscreen, even if it seems overcast. However, if it is
very cloudy you might want to re-think starting out in the first place.
quality sunglasses are highly suggested.
quality, sturdy climbing boots with quality wool or synthetic socks
made for the outdoors. Cotton socks are not recommended. Listen to your
feet! At the first sign of soreness STOP BEFORE you wear blisters on
them. Have an extra pair of socks and some foot powder in your pack.
Keep your feet dry (moisture + friction = blisters = misery). Your feet
are what will bring you back, hopefully in good condition.
high energy foods that are easily digested such as fruits. If you
eat a really heavy meal, allow for a rest break. GORP (Good old raisins
and peanuts) is a good standby. Other trail mixes or energy bars come
in handy for a quick energy boost as well.
basic first aid supplies including anti-bacterial cream,
band-aids and gauze.
the signs of altitude sickness and know your own limits. Only
about 3 out of 10 who start the journey make it to the top. See
in shape BEFORE you go, and don't forget the camera. Happy