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Cupid Mountain

Last year I missed out on Mike Berenson 's epic hike up to Cupid Mountain due to work and not being physically able to do it at the time (I'm in much better shape now) thankfully I mentioned to Mike that I would like to go for the next trip, which inspired him to set up our amazing trip on Tuesday night.

 

The temperature was a balmy 10 degrees and thankfully the winds were light (we estimated 40 mph at times) if we were correct with that estimate the wind chill was -15 deg. As we were summiting the 13,000 ft mountain I was hiking in 2 layers of down, a fleece, windstopper and down pants. I stayed quite warm except for my toes going numb/pain a few times.

 

I finally had the pleasure of meeting Dan Ballard who is one of the most genuinely nice guys I've ever met and extremely intelligent, if you've been debating taking one of his workshops, stop debating; you will not regret it.

 

So Dan; this is how the big pano turned out, I don't think it has as much impact as it could, if I would have done another row to capture the entire arc of the milky I believe it would be much more complete. I played around with some cropping but could not find a happy place to stop so I left it as is. I have some other shots that are much tighter and probably better, I just think the huge pano is cool :)

 

Thanks again Mike for setting this up, you know how to pick the epic spots and I'm glad you got the shot I wanted ;) Well done sir, you kept your composure better than I did in the ridiculous cold.

 

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Taken on April 17, 2012