Hello! Any interest in visiting Colorado this Summer and making the summit of Longs Peak (14,000 feet) in Rocky Mountain National Park? I'm planning a 5-day trip with a home base from a rental cabin in Estes Park. Timing could be over July 4th Weekend (depending on snowpack on LP) or in August or September.
For more information on Longs Peak please read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longs_Peak).
For more information on Estes Park, CO please tour: http://www.visitestespark.com
Longs Peak is a rigorous (and in all fairness, potentially dangerous) hike. However, this isn't a highly technical hike. In other words, reaching the summit is doable for an experienced Blazer in very good physical condition.
5-Days (Budget approximately $900 per-person)
Day 1: Arrive into Denver approx 11AM. Rent Chevy Suburban/Tahoe at airport. Drive to Estes Park (about 4 hours). Settle into cabin, grocery shop, etc.
Day 2: Acclimate to altitude, tour Estes Park. Chill.
Day 3: Hit LP trail head around 3AM. Return to starting point around 5pm. Celebrate with a long cocktail hour and BBQ dinner.
Day 4: Tour Estes Park.
Day 5: Return to Denver and on to New York
Thank you for checking this out. I've done a lot of travel throughout Colorado, know Estes Park well and have hiked neighboring summits in RMNP. Overall? Awesome challenge in an awesome setting.