Tips and hints
Points of interest
The only 14,000ft mountain (or "14er", to use the local lingo) in Rocky Mountain National Park, Longs Peak is a Colorado Classic. It's one of the more difficult 14ers to summit in the Front Range region, and has several route optoins in varying difficulty. One of the more difficult is "The Diamond", the sheer and prominent east face of Longs Peak, visible from the summit of Deer Mountain.
Food & drink
Stock up on food and water before you start the hike! Carry at least 2 liters of water per person, along with snacks and a packed lunch. Estes Park is the only place to stock up before you start the hike, so make sure to stop by a market or grocery store before leaving town.
We recommend wearing hiking boots that are well broken-in, plus a rain jacket and waterproof trousers in wet weather, as well as taking sun cream and a hat on nicer days.
In your information pack, you’ll find a detailed list of all the required hiking gear, including some good hiking boots, appropriate clothing, a rain jacket and a backpack.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.