2015 Mountain Peaks and Passes

So, I'm trying to figure out what peaks and passes I've been over this year. So far, it looks something like this:

Mt Evans (14,160) - Highest paved road in North America.
Pike's Peak (14,115 ft)
Argentine Pass (13,207 ft) - Highest mountain pass in North America.
Mosquito Pass (13,186 ft)
Cottonwood Pass (12,126 ft)
Independence Pass (12,095 ft) - The highest paved pass in Colorado.
Rollins Pass (11,660 ft)
Hoosier Pass (11,542 ft)
Schofield Pass (10,722 ft)

So, if you google "highest mountain passes in North America", I've done the top 4 this summer.

Mount Evans Scenic Byway 14,160
Pikes Peak Highway 14,115
Argentine Pass 13,207
Mosquito Pass 13,186


Posted by Rob Kiser on October 5, 2015 at 11:15 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

GPS tracks from Argentine Pass

I uploaded the GPS tracks from my Garmin Montana 600 to create a map of the route I took yesterday up to Argentine Pass. I trimmed it down to just show from Georgetown to Argentine Pass and back.


I followed the directions from:


1) Launch EasyGPS.
2) Click on "Receive (from GPS)" icon.
3) Click OK.

Then, I edited the files down using Ultra-Edit so that it was just showing the trip from Georgetown to the pass and back.

Then, I followed the directions from here to convert the gpx file to a KML file and upload it to the internets:



Posted by Rob Kiser on October 4, 2015 at 5:15 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Argentine Pass

Today, I will attempt to reach the summit of Argentine Pass, the highest mountain pass in Colorado. If I don't post back tonight, send help.

Update: i survived the trip to Argentine Pass.


Posted by Rob Kiser on October 3, 2015 at 12:13 PM : Comments (1) | Permalink

Copying .gpx files off of a Garmin Montana 600


1) Launch EasyGPS.
2) Click on "Receive (from GPS)" icon.
3) Click OK.

I'm not really clear how to save off each of the individual .gpx files, which would be nice. So, I just saved them off as one big file named C:\Users\Rob\Documents\Garmin\Backups\AK2015\10_3_2015.gpx

When I try to upload this to .gpx tracks using www.GPSVisualizer.com, it just blows up. I think I'll have to figure out how to separate out each track individually some how.


Posted by Rob Kiser on October 3, 2015 at 11:22 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Gearing Up on Photography Equipment

Yesterday, I picked up another GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition and another 64 GB memory card at REI.

So, I now have 2 GoPro Hero 4 Black Editions and one Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition.

This guy does a good explanation of how to turn on the Quick Capture Mode on the Go Pro Hero 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqApQS_PF14

And change the Field of View to Medium:

OK. Took me a while to figure out that I had to put the camera in 1080 mode instead of 1080S in order to change the FOV to Medium. Also, I have the Quick Capture Mode on, so I should be good to go.

Also, 2 days ago, I picked up another Canon 100-400mm EF 4.5-5.6 IS USM telescopic zoom lenses.


Posted by Rob Kiser on September 26, 2015 at 11:19 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Canon Gear Update - a new 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM

Today, I met a guy down on US 285 and US 85 and bought a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM lens to replace the one I destroyed on Sunday when I dropped it on the highway south of Leadville.

He had listed it on Craigslist. I picked it up for $800.00. New, they run from $1,600.00 - $2,100.00. So, I've still got to replace my EOS 50D frame, by BG-E2 battery grip, and my 64 Gig memory card, but this was by far the most expensive piece I have to replace.

It appears that I bought the previous 100-400mm lens in April of 2006. So, it lasted roughly 9 1/2 years, and I couldn't begin to guess how many hundreds of thousands of photos I shot with it. My guess would be that I shot "millions" of pictures with it. On a cost/per/use basis, it's probably the cheapest lens I ever owned.

So, in any event, I have this new 100-400 lens and it's in amazing condition. Dude took great care of it. Plus, it has a UV filter on it, and a lens hood. (I know right?).


Posted by Rob Kiser on September 24, 2015 at 9:57 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink