Drone First Ascent

First Ascent of Highest Unclimbed Peak in Colorado

My dad and I used a self-built, custom UAV to successfully summit the highest previously unclimbed peak in Colorado.  The drone essentially draped ropes over the summit which we then used to climb the peak itself.

“Way to MacGyver that summit!”

“Kudos for the innovation.”

“Persistence pays off. Using a drone to get the rope over the top, I love it. Thanks for the entertaining report.”

Initial takeoff

Check out this detailed write-up of the trip for more pictures and info!

This photo always gives me chills (rope roll-off potential, too damn high):

Ropes across summit

Video mini-doc of trip!

The Press

NPR’s Colorado Matters

Listen to me and Dave Goldstein on NPR!

Drone Assist Colorado Peak bagger, Prompts Internet Outrage

Climbing Magazine

Drone Attack: The Ingenious First Ascent of Colorado’s Highest Unclimbed Peak

Outside Magazine

Check out where most of the internet commenters’ drama took place!

Drone Helps Conquer Unclimbed Peak

Boulder Weekly

The Modern-Day Climber?

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