North American Classic Climbs

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Long's Peak

The Diamond (Casual Route)

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The Casual Route is just one of several excellent classic routes on Long's famous Diamond, perhaps the finest alpine rock face in the Colorado Rockies. This route was chosen for the collection because of the quality of climbing and the popularity of the route. At a relatively moderate rating of 5.10-, it is feasible for a much greater cross section of climbers than some of the other truly excellent but much more committing routes. It involves a variety of climbing on excellent granite, with a crux near the top. Be prepared for electrical storms on almost any summer afternoon, usually short-lived. The climb is best made late in the summer after the snow on the summit of this 14,255' (4346m) peak has had a chance to melt.


Alpine Rock




Rocky Mtn. Nat'l Park, Colorado, USA



G1, I2, I5, W7


IV, 5.10-


Route Descriptions & Maps:

Route diagramUSGS topographic map

First Ascent:

D. Furgason, C. Reveley, 1977


Trip Reports:

Dargaud 8/02
Bockman 9/98
Ho 8/00