Stampabout Ep. 3 – Chad vs. Altitude Sickness

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Chad and Jake attempt a last-second hike up Mt. Bierstadt near Denver, Colorado.

Lack of gear, frozen rivers and Chad’s altitude sickness stand in their way. [How did we make this happen?]

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  Follow us using the social list in the sidebar. HOW DID WE MAKE THIS HAPPEN? Scenario: Looking for a challenge in the Mountain West portion of our trip from Chicago to Los Angeles 1) Stayed with our friend Kirsten Frampton 2) Researched intensively on multiple hiking and “14er” websites to determine the most appropriate 14er to hike in our short window of time 3) Determined that based on the shorter amount of time to hike up and back and the close proximity to our location, Mt. Bierstadt was the best choice 4) Packed and prepared as much as we could in terms of clothing, food, and water the night before. Researched and documented directions. 5) Woke up at 4:15am in order to get an early jump on the trail and avoid uglier weather based on research 6) Hiked up and made sure Chad didn’t hurt himself coming back down with the effects of altitude sickness HOW MIGHT YOU DO IT? 1) If you’re going to be in the Rocky Mountain region of the US, there are several sites dedicated to hiking “14ers.” Check out http://www.14ers.com/, http://www.wikihow.com/Climb-a-14er, and http://www.mrmunger.com/zeblog/14er-hiking-tips-for-beginners/ for starters 2) Select the peak you’d like to ascend and prepare your time, gear, route, food and water, and directions to the trailhead accordingly. 3) Let someone else know where you will be before you leave on your hike 4) Get up early and hit the trail! There’s nothing like standing on top of the world!


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Jake is the younger, yet taller and more dashing brother between “Jake and Chad.” He’s the voice of reason behind every one of Chad’s audacious ideas, as he puts the “calculated” in “calculated risk.” He also writes songs and makes videos for the joy of the Internet. Jake is currently redeeming the millions of airline points he’s racked up through mad travel hacking techniques and is probably on a plane somewhere.

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  1. I got sick attempting a climb a small peak in the Andes above 15,000 feet. Good thing we had sense to get off the mountain. Bet you were glad to get back to the car!

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