Longs Peak

Last Tuesday (7/25/2017) I made my third summit of Longs Peak (14,259 ft.) along with my son (his first summit).  I'm four months shy of my 50th birthday.  It had been 35 years since I last stood on top of Longs.  Wilderness Athlete played a big role in this year's summit.

This was a bit of a last minute decision as we decided to make a quick trip to Rocky Mountain National Park to do some camping and hiking.  I asked my son what hikes he was interested in and he immediately said, "Longs Peak."  So, I quickly ordered a bottle of Altitude Advantage to go along with my other WA supplements and we made arrangements.  We took AA for five days prior to our arrival in Rocky Mountain National Park and then doubled the dosage while there.  We arrived from the flat lands of Nebraska Monday morning and at 1:00 am Tuesday morning we were heading up the Longs Peak trail (the forecast was for early rain and we needed to get to the summit and down before the storms came).  Neither of us suffered one symptom of altitude sickness even though we had no time to acclimatize.  A "Superman" at the trailhead and Hydrate & Recovery along the way helped us complete our 12 hour, 15 mile round trip trek (the last 2 miles to the summit are very hard and the descent is physically challenging too).  We were quite tired at the end of our climb, but another "Superman" when we arrived back at camp provided a nice recovery.

One other tip of the cap to WA. I adapted a workout WA contributor, Shannon Swanson, posted on the Outdoor Performance section of this forum ( https://community.wildernessathlete.com/t/y7x193/300-lunges-of-death ). Since November, once a month I did 600 walking lunges in the manner I described in my response to Shannon's post. I think those workouts played a large role in my successful summit and that my leg muscles experienced relatively little soreness during the climb and after.

My son and I were back on the trail the next day exploring more of Rocky Mountain National Park!  Thank you Wilderness Athlete for quality supplements.  Our journey to the top of Longs Peak was made a bit easier with the use of Wilderness Athlete.

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  • that is so rad, way to go. 

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  • That's " Staying Wild" Mark! And kudos to you for raising your son on the mountain. Coach P

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  • Awesome and great mountain. I get to look at it every day. Strong work boys!

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  • Outstanding nothing better than being prepared for the Outdoors and able to enjoy it especially with family

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  • This is so great to hear! What an awesome story. Can't wait to hear about more adventures. Thank you for sharing 👍

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