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Ascent of Longs Peak on 1995-07-03

Climber: Joe Lavelle

Date:Monday, July 3, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Longs Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14255 ft / 4344 m

Ascent Trip Report

It was the summer of 1994, and I was desperately looking for an adventure to fill the long July 4th weekend. I was new and late to the rock climbing obsession having started only two years earlier at the age of 30, but I had it bad. And, as far as obsessions go, this was more like an addiction. Sure I liked it, but more to the point, I had to have it.

I was living in Lincoln Park area on the north side of Chicago and was earning my climbing stripes in Baraboo, WI at the Devil’s Lake Bluffs and at the Mississippi Palisades State Park near Savana, IL. These climbing areas were 3 hours away from Chicago, so rock climbing was a weekend-only affair. And with wet weather haunting so many of the warm-enough days in that part of the country, I averaged only a few days a month. Constantly suffering from withdrawals, I regularly resorted to bouldering on the stone structures in Lincoln Park just to take the edge off. My favorite was the black (dirty?) stone structure housing the statue of Ulysses S. Grant (see more recent photo); it had a few surprisingly good routes, all about twice my height.

The obvious answer to the question of “what to do?” was to go to Colorado again. And the hardest, biggest, baddest climb I’d heard of in Colorado was The Diamond.

Link to 'My First 14er' trip report
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:5.10
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Bivouac
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Casual Route
Descent Statistics
    Route:Cables Route



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