Men Who Stare At Goats on Quandary Peak

One of the three times I went back to Colorado last year was to hang out with the old clan from college, specifically roommates and associated friends from that era. Ben planned it all and we had awesome time hiking, playing paintball, putt-putt golf, have some drinks, and watching movies — basically, just like old times but not.

For whatever reason, we did hiked the 14er on our first day of activities. I’m not in the greatest shape, but I’m couch potato either, so I was prepared to tackle the mountain. What I didn’t take into account was the 14,000 foot elevation gain I was making in just about 12 hours. I started in Seattle (177 feet ASL1) on Thursday night and summited Quandary Peak (14,265 feet ASL) at 10am the next day. It took a bit for the symptoms to set in, but I had a migraine, felt very nauseous, and not really like my self — perhaps even slightly confused. Fortunately, it wore off pretty quick — within a couple of hours — after descending back below 6,000 feet.

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  1. Above Sea Level 

Duck Dodge

I currently have a back log of 1500+ photos dating back to February of last year. My goal was to get them all done by the end of last year, but that obviously didn’t work.

Every summer, I usually get the pleasure of participating in a few Duck Dodge events on Lake Union as part of the crew of the Mata Hari. Paul asked me to take some pictures of them racing though, which was an awesome challenge and opportunity to follow the Mata Hari around the buoys in a Boston Whaler while trying to take pictures, and not hit anyone!

This is also the first chance I’ve had to use VSCO’s film pack for Lightroom…still getting used to it, but I like the way they turned out!

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As usual, you can see more on Flickr: Duck Dodge (6 Sept 2011)