Making route from Cottonwood Lakes to the summit of Mount Whitney--the highest point in the contiguous United States--was one of the toughest challenges in my life. My pack weighing in at 85 pounds--67lbs when exiting, I traveled and documented my journey using the following:
Body: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 24mm f/1.4 L USM II
Filter: 77mm Fader ND Mark II
Batteries: 6 Canon LP-E6 + 18 AA Energizer Adv.-Lithium
Memory: 5 Delkin 32GB CF X450
Tripod: Vangaurd Alta 264AO+
Track Head Mount: Manfrotto Mini Ball 494RC2
Special thanks to Dynamic Perception for the Stage Zero Dolly. I received my kit and 3 rechargeable batteries with only a day to spare before my trip. This was the first time I've used the dolly, and didn't have time to really practice with it, so more videos coming soon.
Unfortunately the weather was too perfect---I.E. no clouds were available until the last day of my trip, so sorry if some of the time-lapses may seem rather empty. Along my journey I was accompanied by two friends of mine: Anthony & Bryson. We made this trip an awesome 5 day 4 night adventure from Sequoia National Park to Inyo National Forest. We camped at the following locations and altitudes before summiting Mt. Whitney(14,497ft - 14,505ft.):
Cottonwood Lakes(4 & 5)
Alt.: 11,000 ft.
Lower Soldier Lake
Alt.: 10,800 ft.
Lower Crabtree Meadow
Alt.: 10,330 ft.
2 hills above Guitar Lake
Alt.: 12,050 ft.
I rented the lens used for this trip from:
Dolly Kit from:
Music by: IWFYLS
Along my journey to the summit of Mt. Whitney I was stopped by dozens of travelers asking what I had strapped to the side of my pack--the 6ft aluminum track from the dolly kit--and what I was doing with it. (I had some good laughs) Not one person knew its purpose or what it was, but hopefully Dynamic Perception plans on releasing a more compact version of the Stage Zero Dolly relatively soon.
This whole project has been an amazing experience. The two of us became friends through Vimeo and explored a shared interest in timelapsing Yosemite National Park over an extended period of time. We'd like to expand this idea to other locations and would appreciate any suggestions for a future project.
Our hearts go out to the families of Markus Praxmarer who lost his life while climbing Half Dome on September 19th, 2011 and Ranger Ryan Hiller, who was crushed by a tree January 22nd 2012. They will be missed. (A photo of Ranger Ryan Hiller can be found to the right, above the statistics counter)