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 Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
 Post Date:  06/29/2011
 Date Climbed:   06/26/2011
 Posted By:  3fourths

 Evening Ascent of Princeton   

Parked near the radio towers around 5pm and walked up the road to find it empty except for one other vehicle up at the snow field where the path turns off from the road, so I could have saved myself a mile of walking but it's no big deal, of course.

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I was treated to an early sunset as Mt Princeton peak swallowed the late evening sun.

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Topped out around 830 greeted by the sun setting behind mountains to the west. The wind was fairly strong from the west but the temperature was moderate and it wasn't uncomfortable to simply be wearing a base layer, t-shirt and light jacket.

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Took my time up top, enjoyed a can of Sante Fe Freestyle Pilsner and took a number of photographs. The polar stereographic panorama is why I climb 14ers, and this time I got to shoot it as a sunset with the earth's shadow crawling out into the eastern sky.

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Higher-res view here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaeljames/5883548934/sizes/l/ />
Began the hike back down in the dark and lost the trail after not too long. Stumbled slowly across the rocks until I met up with the new switchbacks. Had to cross the one major snow field which was post-holed but still somewhat unsteady, especially at night and without trekking poles. I rolled my ankle around 13,500' but thankfully it wasn't painful until the next day.

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Arrived back at the truck around midnight, slept for a few hours, woken up by a group walking up the road around 330am. Left the mountain around 5am and returned to Boulder around 830am.

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  • Comments or Questions (9)
dmccool


image 7...     2011-06-29 11:18:28
...is one of the coolest things i've seen in awhile!


3fourths


more pics     2011-06-29 13:16:15
thanks!

I have two more polar panoramas from Torreys and Grays last year: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaeljames/sets/72157625073886512/with/5883548934/


Philo


Awesome pictures     2011-06-29 13:28:24
That pano is pretty awesome


CO Native


Those panos     2011-06-29 14:29:11
are hilarious and cool.


Kevo


Whoa!     2011-06-29 15:15:09
How do you make the panoramas- any specific type of camera, technique or program? That is pretty incredible.


3fourths


Kevo     2011-06-29 15:21:32
i use a canon xt/350d and a sigma 10-20mm f/4 lens. swivel about the tripod to capture images for a panorama. use photomerge (photoshop) to create the typical panorama and then rotate 180 degrees, stretch the image to square and convert to polar coordinates. that's the short of it, but most time is spent manually stitching together the ”floor” so the center of the image is photorealistic instead of pinched as the polar coordinate transform will do. see the link below for a graphic guide.

the two i did last year were hand-held shots. going up to top in the evening this time i had to bring my tripod.

details here: http://www.3drender.com/light/PolarPan/index.htm


Rcizzle


Ran into you     2011-06-29 18:34:23
And I thought I was going to be the last one on top of princeton that day when I left my truck at 1pm. I was wrong.


colvinm


wow     2011-06-29 21:36:16
those are some amazing pics


3fourths


Rcizzle     2011-06-30 12:58:13
always fun to see someone on 14ers after passing them on the trail. cheers!



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