Long's Peak, Goblin Forest | Scott YoungAug 03, 2019

Long's Peak, Goblin ForestRocky Mountain National Park

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Staggering testiments of time extend along the horizon as the Rocky Mountains employ cantankerous tenacity with a peerless audacity. Arrival - the better part of hours away - feels like mere minutes against the tempo of pistons and adrenaline coursing through man and machine.  Heading into the holiday weekend aspiring campers and enthusiasts flourish in droves as the merging seasons culminate majesty with an array of beauty, wonder and consternation.
 The formidable nature of Long's Peak can be felt from miles away as the apex prevails over the tallest peaked sierra in northern Colorado. Massive sheers of granite liken to sharpened teeth riveted to it's face with racking premonition. Shadowed mountainsides serve as aggregrated columns of ice, snow and the few fearless adventurers courageous enough to attempt a climb under some of the most arduous circumstances fathomable.
 Looking up at the terrifying magnitude of the summit clearly spells out the dangers ahead; a menace that has claimed the lives of more than 60 mountaineers before us. Ahead lie nearly 5000 feet of elevation gain over the 8.4 miles of treacherous terrain sprawled between trailhead and summit. Given our sea-level homes, and unassailable height of our ambitions, we made haste toward acclimating at our first campsite in the Goblin Forest.
 A measurable yet calm grade strolls through the mountainous forest with lustrous exhibits of spruce and lodgepole pines. Dredging forward the distant virulence of Boulderfields become lost in boundless forestry surrounding our path. Following the south side of the Alpine Brook leads to six primitive campsites and the most revered latrine one can find for miles. As we prepare camp an intimate feeling of warmth sets in beneath the canopy creating solemn impiety for the following day's climb.