Longs Peak and Mt. Meeker from the "Swiss Chalet", Highway 7
The Longs "massif" is made up of two major peaks. The unusual box top, diamond faced Longs Peak (14,259 ft.) and the traditional shape of Mt Meeker (13,865 ft.)
Meeker is actually more prominent, given its broad south-eastern facing face:
Mt. Meeker from Highway 7 at the Allenspark turnoff
"Chapel on the Rock", Camp St. Malo, highway 7 at the base of Mt.Meeker
Every year, regardless of season, technical climbers attempt to climb the "diamond face" on Longs Peak. Just getting to the base of the east face requires a two to three hour hike.Longs Peak, East "Diamond Face" in winter
Its not for the inexperienced climber. Each year, there is at least one death on Longs. Once a climber rises above tree line, about 12,000 ft altitude, there is nothing to protect him/her from the raging winds. Snow squalls or tumbling cloud banks can obsure the routes at any season. It is proposition that reqires detailed planning.
As the old Colorado Mountain Club member said:
"Above 12,000 feet, there are only two seasons - Winter and August."