Climbing History (Longs Peak)
Title: First Documented Ascent:
Entered by: gpeoples
Added: 05/14/2010, Last Updated: 05/14/2010
Sources: A Climbing Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, By: Walter R. Borneman and Lyndon J. Lampert, Third Addition, Published 1994. Pruett Publishing, Company Boulder.
On August 23, 1868, a party led by John Wesley Powell, which included newspaperman William Byers, reached the summit via the south side after a long approach from Grand Lake. Testimony of an old Arapaho Indian in 1914 indicated that the peak had been climbed previously by an Indian named, "Old Man Gun," who had trapped eagles on its summit.
After the first documented ascent, two prominent people emerged in the history of Longs Peak-Reverend Elkanah J. Lamb and Enos Mills. Lamb made his first climb of Longs in 1871 and then made the first descent of the east face via a couloir now know as Lambs Slide, appropriately named because the Reverend quite inadvertently made much of the descent on his seat instead of his feet.