The Narrows, Longs Peak, Colorado
Those seeking adventure are drawn to Longs Peak, one of 53 fourteeners (mountain peak with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet) 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 here commonplace. With a long drop down below, one wrong step could prove to be fatal. People do die here and no matter how easy it looks from the bottom, this is not a climb to underestimate.