- 2 inch diameter
- Cast in fine pewter
- Metallic cord
- Mounted on story card
Elevation: 14,255 ft.
Coordinates: N40° 15' 17'' W105° 36' 55''
Location: Front Range, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA
MarkerSleuth Photo Contributor: David Gaffaney and Joe Theil, 1997
This magnificent mountain is often referred to as a "climbers" mountain because even the easiest route is a classic climb. Known for its distinctive silhouette and sheer east face Diamond, the beloved Longs Peak is the northernmost of the Colorado fourteeners. The first documented ascent was led by geologist and surveyor, John Wesley Powell on August 23, 1873. It is likely, however, that native Americans had climbed the peak prior to that time. In 1873, Addie Alexander became the first woman to climb Longs.
The peak provided a training ground for four members of the 1963 American Everest Expedition, two of whom succeed in reaching Everest's summit. Longs Peak was named after explorer and survey engineer, Major Stephen Harriman Long.