Set yourself up for a successful summit of the iconic Longs Peak. We will focus on acclimatization and technical climbing skill training while enjoying the refreshing comforts of the Dao House.
Day 1 – Arrive at Dao House – have a hearty dinner with an intro talk about your climbing week ahead. This first day at Dao House Base Camp will help you acclimatize to be ready for the hiking ahead.
Day 2 – Full Day Climbing
Day 3 -Technical summit climb (with ropes)
Day 4 – Rest day at Dao House Base Camp
Day 5 – Summit Longs Peak via Keyhole (non-technical) or the Cables Route (5.4)
Day 6 – Rest at Dao House Base Camp and leave later in the day.
Estes Park, CO 80517
Leaving Dao House Base Camp, the trail starts at 9,405 feet. Before long, the trees disappear and the wind-scoured alpine zone starts to feel like another planet, a feeling that only increases the farther you venture toward the 14,259-foot summit. For being so close to Dao House Basecamp, Longs Peak can seem astronomically removed. This mountain has more routes than any other in the country – over 120, from exposed scrambles to cutting-edge difficulty, and pure rock to ice and mixed climbs. Its largest aspect, the intimidating East Face, rises 1,700 vertical feet from the Mills Glacier to its summit. The first time you see the Diamond, the sheerest part of this world-renowned face, you’ll understand why it draws climbers from all over the globe.
Colorado Mountain School’s certified/trained AMGA guides have the experience and skills to get you up to this iconic peak. Success to the summit is not based on luck and starts before the day of your climb. We use a proven progression, from teaching the right skills to acclimatizing the body at Dao House Basecamp. We start the acclimatization process right away with a beautiful hike at Dao House Basecamp at 9,200 feet.
From Base Camp, we move onto technical climbing skills; belaying, rappelling, knot tying, climbing commands, and climbing techniques. Once your climbing skills are practiced and your body is well-rested we go for the summit! After gazing at Longs Peak during our training days, it’s time to dig deep and attempt to get to the top! This is a big day but one that yields big rewards. Standing on top of Longs Peak is something you will remember for the rest of your life.