Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Quandry Peak Ascent

Summit of Quandry Peak, 14, 265 Feet.  Courtesy of Serac Adventure Films.

While the snow softly fell (whoa it's nearly Memorial Day, how can that be!!) fifty-seven enthusiastic hikers attempted to snow shoe and ski the east ridge route to the top of Quandry Peak.  The occasion?  The tenth anniversary of Erik Weihenmayer's ascent of Mt. Everest, as well as another reunion of sorts.  Also present were five soldiers from last fall's Soldiers to the Summit expedition, a group of generous donors, as well as Michael Brown and his quiver of filmmakers to document the day.

The festivities began on Thursday evening with dinner and a partial screening of the Soldiers to the Summit film.   Erik Weihenmayer introduced climbers, soldiers, even filmmakers to the gathering.  Pizza and beer were consumed.  It was an early evening however due to 4 a.m. wake up calls.

Friday morning dawned clear and warm, with the threat of snow.  By mid-day when most were descending it was snowing.

All told, 55 of 57 people made the summit!
Chad Buttrick and Friend.  Courtesy of Serac Adventure Films.
Above Treeline on Quandry Peak.  Courtesy of John von Seeburg.

  By John von Seeburg

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Big Weekend Plans

Michael Brown with editor Scott McElroy

The Soldiers to the Summit fundraiser is upon us.  Soldiers and guests are arriving and Michael Brown is cracking the whip at Serac Adventure Films.  This evening we will gather at the Backcountry Brewery in Frisco, Colorado for dinner and a private screening of portions of the film.

Tomorrow the entire operation heads into the hills for an ascent of 14,265 foot high Quandry Peak.
Rob Jackson Preps Cameras
 By John von Seeburg

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Film Production Continues

Filming continues for Soldiers to the Summit with director Michael Brown recently shooting in Arizona, Texas, California, Illinois and Washington D.C.  Joined by Outside Adventure Film School graduates Gale Browning and John von Seeburg, as well as Matt Murray, the crew are shooting follow up interviews and background for Soldiers to the Summit