I would add Longs Peak to this list to make a list of 8. This article contains some good information, helpful links, and great photos.
These are the 7 most difficult 14ers in Colorado – http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/mountains/these-are-the-7-most-difficult-14ers-in-colorado-heres-what-you-should-know-before-climbing-them
He was very lucky to survive. Fast reactions are so important. It is incredible how densely compacted avalanche snow is. Nearly impossible to dig with bare hands. People have died even with their heads above the snow.
Backcountry skier rescued after avalanche – http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/backcountry-skier-rescued-after-becoming-trapped-under-avalanche-on-us-550-in-san-juan-county
I’m sad to learn of this tragic news. My thoughts and prayers to his family. He was on a precarious stretch of trail that is narrow, often icy, and with steep dropoffs. The climb to the summit is 15 miles roundtrip with vigorous hiking/climbing. After you get up through the “narrows”, you have to descend back across it while typically fatigued. Unless you know the route is free of snow and ice, you should take crampons with you.
Earlier this year, a group of green berets were training on Longs Peak. They ran into trouble, some of them got altitude sickness, and they had to be rescued by helicopter.
Greeley hiker falls 150 ft. to his death at RMNP – http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/mountains/greeley-hiker-falls-150-feet-to-this-death-on-longs-peak-in-rocky-mountain-national-park
Just an update to show what Mt. Meeker and Longs Peak looked like on June 15, 2015. The snow is melting fast. Awe-inspiring mountains.
Mt. Meeker and Longs Peak (6/15/2015 by TJ Burr)
This article appeared in the Denver Post on 12/7/2014:
Longs Peak is an Awesome Mountain! From our home 25 miles east of the foothills, Longs Peak dominates the horizon. As a child and teenager I dreamed about climbing to its summit. I used to think about hiking from Brighton and climbing it in the days before I could drive. I finally climbed it at age 17 in August 1981. Now, I have climbed it 6-1/2 times by various routes, including a technical winter climb . . . it was in May, but still very much winter conditions with ice on some of the most exposed ledges. I agree that it is a treacherous climb.
Longs Peak isn’t a hike, it is a climb that includes covering 15 miles of ground round-trip. Happy Trails.
As you celebrate Earth Day remember to conserve and preserve our natural resources, especially our ever shrinking wild places. Small efforts can make a big difference when multiplied by millions.
Indian Peaks in Colorado. Heaven on Earth.
Less is more.
One of my favorite all-time quotes that is applicable to so many situations. The quote is from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a famous architect.