About nine months ago, I had this wild idea to climb Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous 48 states. There were some considerations:
- At approximately 14,500 ft., Mt. Whitney is only slightly higher than dozens of mountains in Colorado, the fact of which Coloradans never fail to remind me.
- This is also only half the elevation of Mt. Everest.
- Nevertheless, 14,500 ft. is more than twice the elevation I have ever stood in my adult life.
- Note I say “twice the elevation” and not “twice as high,” because granola mountaineers aren’t always sure what I’m talking about.
- Anyway, I filmed the endeavor in early April, and the rough-cut is nearly complete.
- This is the trailer that I patched together. I really like it…
- …even though it is somewhat misleading, as trailers are wont to be. Did I actually tumble down a glacier? Maybe, maybe not.
- Actually, I hope that the movie is more about the desire to climb mountains, the openness of the West, and knowing when to make a tough decision.
- Some people assumed that “tough decision” was “sawing off my own arm with a Swiss army knife.” Which no fewer than three friends insinuated I would have to do.
- What is NOT included in the trailer: My dear friends Lo Williams and Karl Vanderwood, plus the brilliant Christopher Langley, who all talked about their experiences in the West and basically make the film awesome.