The Diamond (Longs Peak)
The Diamond is the sheer and prominent east face of Longs Peak and named for the shape of the cliff. The face has a vertical gain of more than 900 feet (270 m) all above an elevation of 13,000 feet (4,000 m). It is a world famous big wall.
In 1954 the first proposal made to the National Park Service to climb The Diamond and was met with an official closure, a stance not changed until 1960. The Diamond was first ascended by Dave Rearick and Bob Kamps that year, 1960, by a route that would come to be known simply as D1. This route would later be listed in Allen Steck and Steve Roper's influential book Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. The easiest route on the face, the Casual Route (5.10-), was first climbed in 1977 and became the most popular route up the wall.
- Rock Climbing Colorado, by Stewart M. Green, Chockstone, Falcon, Helena, MO, 1995; ISBN 1-56044-334-0.
- Roper, Steve; Steck, Allen (1979). Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. ISBN 0-87156-292-8.
- Climb!: The History of Rock Climbing in Colorado By Jeff Achey, Dudley Chelton, Bob Godfrey Published by The Mountaineers Books, 2002, ISBN 0-89886-876-9
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