Morning alpen glow on the diamond face of Longs Peak from Chasm Lake below in Rocky Mountain National Park. Despite being a Colorado native, 2016 was the first year that I got the 14er bug. I completed three successful summits this year (Torrey's, Gray's and Quandary). Longs Peak is a highly coveted summit. The mountain has a lot of history, and many climbers have met their death on the mountain. A climbing friend wisely advised me that I could summit the mountain this year, but it was better to prep and have more confidence when I do for next year. So the two of us got up early to catch the sunrise and hike to Chasm Lake, which sits at the base of the diamond. The mountain often creates its own weather and granted me with this beautiful morning shot. When hiking/climbing 14ers you must respect the mountain. This was my first introduction to Longs and its energy and presence is off the charts. My hope is that this image reflects all of this and more.