The Narrows, Longs Peak, Colorado
Those seeking adventure are drawn to Longs Peak, one of 53 fourteeners in Colorado, and the highest in Rocky Mountains National Park.
It’s a spectacular sight, impressive and imposing, and such is its appeal, those ill-equipped often take on a challenge that is far beyond their capabilities. From the bottom it appears accessible to all, a simple passage to the summit.
The most popular route up is called the Keyhole and, whilst this starts out as little more than a manageable hike, things get ever-more hazardous the higher up you get.
The Narrows lives up to its name — it’s far from wide — and accidents and injuries are commonplace. With a long drop down below, one wrong step could prove to be fatal. People do die here and no matter how it easy it looks from the bottom, this is not a climb to underestimate.