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2013 Colorado Mountaineering Deaths - A Review

2013 Colorado Mountaineering Deaths - A Review

A review of every Colorado Mountaineering death from 2013.

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2012 Colorado Mountaineering Deaths - A Review

2012 Colorado Mountaineering Deaths - A Review

A review of every Colorado Mountaineering death from 2012.

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Climbing Dallas Peak - Roped Up Above Telluride Colorado

Climbing Dallas Peak - Roped Up Above Telluride Colorado

August 30, 2013Distance: 11.5 miles (according to GPS)Elevation: ~5,700 ft (according to GPS)Time: 10.5 hrs (4.50 am to 3.20 pm)Team: Rick McBee, Ben, Matt Payne and Natalie Moran   I suppose I never dreamed of climbing Dallas Peak. First viewing it's full stature from the summit of Mount Sneffels in 2010, I...

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Perseid Meteor Shower at Ice Lake Basin and a climb of Vermillion Peak

Perseid Meteor Shower at Ice Lake Basin and a climb of Vermillion Peak

When the dates for the 2013 Perseid Meteor Shower were released, I knew I wanted to schedule some time in a very remote location to capitolize on the opportunity to capture as many meteor shower photos as possible. I did a little research and took a look at my remaining...

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Scaling Colorado's Highest 13er - Grizzly Peak at Sunset

Scaling Colorado's Highest 13er - Grizzly Peak at Sunset

Climbing mountains in solo-mode is therapy for me. While I have often espoused a deep belief that climbing mountains solo is a safety concern, there are times when the benefits outweigh the risks. I'm not sure that this particlar climb qualifies; however, I must admit, this was a truly wonderful...

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Climbing Mount Massive - Enjoying Colorado's 2nd Highest Peak - Again

Climbing Mount Massive - Enjoying Colorado's 2nd Highest Peak - Again

I had fully intended to climb the Centennial French Mountain this weekend, but plans change. My climbing partner Sarah and I left Colorado Springs at around 3:45 AM and reached the North Halfmoon Creek Trailhead at 6:15 or so. A pretty late start for this guy! In order to climb...

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Maroon Peak and Pyramid Peak - finishing a goal 27 years in the making

Maroon Peak and Pyramid Peak - finishing a goal 27 years in the making

Two amazing summits; 11,060 ft. elevation gain, 21.5 miles... and a whole lotta' fun. Introduction Last year, I had plans to complete my long quest to climb all of Colorado’s 14ers. I had the calendar all lined up, trips planned, gear ready and my legs were in great shape. If all went...

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Exploring Almagre Mountain - Sunrise on Pikes Peak and the Waldo Canyon Fire

Exploring Almagre Mountain - Sunrise on Pikes Peak and the Waldo Canyon Fire

Originally, my friend Ethan and I had made plans to climb the Three Apostles - three great 13ers over near Leadville; however, the Waldo Canyon Fire started the weekend prior and by Tuesday had burned out of control - 346 homes were burned to the ground in Mountain Shadows and...

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Mount Oklahoma - A Centennial 13er that is more than just "OK"

Mount Oklahoma - A Centennial 13er that is more than just "OK"

Mount Oklahoma is often forgotten by many, including myself, for a variety of reasons. There's nothing very remarkable about the look or feel of Oklahoma or the route to climb it. As Gerry Roach explains in his guidebook for 13ers, Mount Oklahoma is dwarfed by its neighbor to the east, Mount...

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Drinking in the Milky Way and Crushing Centennials - UN 13,832 and UN 13,811

Drinking in the Milky Way and Crushing Centennials - UN 13,832 and UN 13,811

UN 13,832 and UN 13,811 (UN = Unnamed) have been on my radar for quite a few years now. My dad and I were hoping to tackle them both back in 2009 but weather steered us elsewhere. I've also eyed them as a potentially fantastic winter climb from the Williams...

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Review of the Nikkor 85mm f1.4 AF-D - Extreme Depth of Field

Review of the Nikkor 85mm f1.4 AF-D - Extreme Depth of Field

Introduction: I've longed to obtain a good portrait lens for awhile now, and after months of research and testing, I settled on the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AF-D. The Nikkor 85mm f1.4 AF-D lens has long been regarded as one of Nikon's best lenses for many reasons. The lens produces incredibly creamy...

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Adventures on Cameron Cone - Views of Pikes Peak and Beyond

Adventures on Cameron Cone - Views of Pikes Peak and Beyond

This Spring has been quite dry and I've been feeling the itch to get out and get up a summit. I mulled the idea of heading up to do Lackawanna (a high 13er near Independence Pass); however, I knew my time was limited and that I would need to stay...

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Colorado's 20 Best Landscape Photographers

Colorado's 20 Best Landscape Photographers

Colorado is an amazing place for photography. The variety of scenes available to shoot are quite diverse and one could spend a lifetime shooting photos here and still not get a full collection of shots. The State has a huge variety of photographic subjects including color, culture, mountain vistas, desert scenery...

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2011 Colorado Mountaineering Deaths - A Review

2011 Colorado Mountaineering Deaths - A Review

A review of every Colorado Mountaineering death from 2011.

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Creating Planets out of 360 Degree Panoramic Photos

Creating Planets out of 360 Degree Panoramic Photos

This tutorial will teach you how to create "planets" out of your 360 degree panoramic photos and requires Photoshop. It is no secret that one of my favorite things to do is to create panoramic photos from very high and unique vantage points in crazy situations like sunrise, sunset, etc. One...

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Sunsets, Sunrises and Mountain Goats - Chicago Basin from Endlich Mesa

Sunsets, Sunrises and Mountain Goats - Chicago Basin from Endlich Mesa

Day 1: Backpack from Endlich Mesa to Lillie Lake Day 2: Climb one 13er, backpacking over Trimble Pass and Columbine Pass Day 3: Sunrise from North Eolus, summit of Eolus and Sunlight Day 4: Climb of Windom Peak and pack-out The Weminuche Wilderness Area and the mountains it contains are quite possibly some of...

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The Rock of Ages - Mt. Wilson and New Friends

The Rock of Ages - Mt. Wilson and New Friends

Mount Wilson's claim to fame as one of Colorado's most dangerous 14ers is certainly well deserved. As Colorado's 16th highest mountain, Mount Wilson rises to an impressive 14,246 ft. above sea level and the boasts the State's 9th most amount of prominence with 4,024 ft. The monarch of the San...

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Snowmass Mountain and Hagerman Peak - Magic in the Elk Mountains

Snowmass Mountain and Hagerman Peak - Magic in the Elk Mountains

Day 1: Drive to Lead King Basin and Backpack to Geneva Lake ~ 1,400 ft. elevation gain ~ 3 miles Day 2: Snowmass Mountain via the West Ridge Route ~3,000 ft. elevation gain ~ 6 miles Day 3: Hagerman Peak via the standard route (south ridge) ~3,000 ft. elevation gain ~ 6...

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