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


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


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.


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.


Higher-res view here:

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.


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.


Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

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06/29/2011 17:18 one of the coolest things i've seen in awhile!


more pics
06/29/2011 19:16

I have two more polar panoramas from Torreys and Grays last year:


Awesome pictures
06/29/2011 19:28
That pano is pretty awesome

CO Native

Those panos
06/29/2011 20:29
are hilarious and cool.


06/29/2011 21:15
How do you make the panoramas- any specific type of camera, technique or program? That is pretty incredible.


06/29/2011 21:21
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:


Ran into you
06/30/2011 00:34
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.


06/30/2011 03:36
those are some amazing pics


06/30/2011 18:58
always fun to see someone on 14ers after passing them on the trail. cheers!

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