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Dangerous Hike: Longs Peak, Colorado

If you're looking for a difficult, dangerous hike to whet your adventure appetite this year, you can give Longs Peak of Colorado a go. The peak qualifies as a Class 3 climb, which means it's one of the hardest in North America. As of December 5th, 3 people have died on the mountain this year, and one died in 2013 as well. This might sound scary, but it's not as bad as you might think: the percentage of people who make it to the summit and back safely is much larger than those who do not. I really shouldn't call this one a hike, but a climb: if you're not an experienced hiker, you should not attempt Longs Peak as your first choice. One of the most popular routes, the Keyhole Route, is 7.5 miles from trailhead to top--it's the last 1.5 miles that will be the most difficult! But, there are more injuries and problems on the way down, than the way up. The clmb is long, with a lot of exposed areas and zigzags near dropoffs, so you really are in a dangerous situation at many points throughout the climb. To successfully complete the climb, you're going to have to start early (like, 2 a.m. early) so that you can get off the mountain by 2:30 p.m. before winds pick up or storms roll in! And wait for summer: there can be icy spots as late as May. You won't need mountain climbing gear, but you should have the right amount of food, water and layers. If you plan on attempting this hike, don't do so without the following: - a lot of water (at least 7 liters) - Layers! - extra socks - bring plenty of food, whatever you choose to bring - headlight and flashlight - knife - good pair of gloves - crampons (if there is the risk of ice) For more information about the peak, check out the official site (http://www.longspeak.com/longs-peak-trails.html) and another great resource here (http://www.michaelwsilverman.com/longs-peak-hiking-guide/).
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It's never too early to prepare for Fall. My friends and I just started thinking about outdoor activities during Fall and here I am looking through hairstyles for hiking. I'm that excited. Also, I want to share my curated list to everyone because I thought some of you might be interested in changing up your hairstyles for your fall classes or activities such as biking, rock climbing or yoga. Medium to Long Hair: Easy Pulled Back Ponytail If you're hitting the hills or biking this one is perfect. Your hair will look good for hiking photos and it's not to shabby for a post-hike meal at a diner. This is also a no-fuss helmet hairstyle. Buns are too snug. Styling Instruction: 1. Pull the crown of the hair into a ponytail. 2. Then flip hair through the ponytail. 3. Repeat until the hair at the nape is also pulled back. Tip: The ponytail should be stack on top of the previous tail. Curly Hair: Braidout Ponytail I know how annoying it is to have hair brushing on your face. Even though my hair is not voluminous I get pretty irritated by the piecey strands bugging my forehead. This is why i can't do bangs because I'll end up clipping them up most of the time. If you have the same problem, try this cute hairstyle by AlleySinai. She braids the front and bring it back into a half ponytail. You can also pull it back into a ponytail if you want to keep the hair off your shoulder. Short Hair: Fringe Braid Ponytail Same concept with the braidout ponytail except you're only braiding one part of the bang. Then tie the rest of the hair back in a ponytail. This one doesn't have to be perfect There you have it.