Tow­er­ing over Rocky Moun­tain Nation­al Park and the Front Range of Col­orado, Long’s Peak peaks out at 14, 259ft. One of the states most famed “14ers,” it is a favorite hik­ing and climb­ing des­ti­na­tion for locals and vis­i­tors alike. But this mound of earth doesn’t mere­ly make for a pret­ty sky­line, Long’s is a beast of a moun­taineer­ing and climb­ing expe­ri­ence not for the faint of heart. And, because she reg­u­lar­ly claims lives, Long’s is a lady to be respect­ed as the badass Moth­er that she is. Read on to dis­cov­er her many mys­ter­ies and to find out how you should treat this lady so you can be in her com­pa­ny for years to come.

The Key­hole Route:
The most pop­u­lar non-tech­ni­cal route on Long’s, the Key­hole, is not some­thing to take light­ly. This 14 mile roundtrip trek has to be start­ed well before sun­rise if you wan­na make it to the sum­mit and get below tree-line before storms roll in. Con­sid­er this descrip­tion of the route from Rocky Moun­tain Nation­al Park’s web­site before you tack­le it:Screen Shot 2013-04-30 at 12.10.59 PM

“The Key­hole Route is not a hike. It is a climb that cross­es enor­mous sheer ver­ti­cal rock faces, often with falling rocks, requir­ing scram­bling, where an unroped fall would like­ly be fatal. The route has nar­row ledges, loose rock, and steep cliffs.”

ldpThe Dia­mond:
For those of you who wan­na skip the long haul and just climb, Spi­der Man style, The Dia­mond is a world famous, 900+ foot, “big wall” com­prised of sheer, ver­ti­cal rock. Seri­ous­ly, it’s a climber’s wet dream with a 5.10- being the eas­i­est route up, all the way to a gut-wrench­ing 5.13. Climb dur­ing the week­ends, as this is a pop­u­lar and high­ly traf­ficked destination.

lpHell Hath No Furry:
As was men­tioned before, Long’s claims the lives of hik­ers and climbers near­ly every sea­son. Now you might be think­ing, “ Not me. I’m an expe­ri­enced moun­taineer and climber. I have all kinds of cool gear and I’m super awe­some. I’ll climb her in the dead of win­ter and not think twice.” Go ahead, but this moun­tain deserves respect, whether you’re sum­mit­ing dur­ing the prime sea­son (June-Sep­tem­ber) and espe­cial­ly if you’re vis­it­ing her dur­ing the win­ter months. No mat­ter how expe­ri­enced you think you are, avalanch­es, light­ning strikes, and hypother­mia don’t give a damn about how many years you’ve been play­ing in the moun­tains. Take all of the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions, pack the right kind of sur­vival gear incase of an emer­gency, and always tell a cou­ple of friends if you’re plan­ning on hav­ing a pri­vate date with Long’s. Just like any woman, if you treat her right and respect her, you’ll live to die anoth­er day.