East face of Longs Peak, also known as the Diamond
|Location||Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA|
|Climbing Area||The Diamond, Longs Peak|
|Vertical Gain||900 ft (approx. 275 m)|
|First ascent||Duncan Ferguson and Chris Reveley, 1977|
The Casual Route is the easiest technical climbing route up the Diamond (east face) of Longs Peak.
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