If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes all hands on deck at OutThere Colorado to produce a film. We spent two days filming, taking photographs, and learning about the Pikes Peak Cog Railway in order to capture the kind of immersive content that defines OutThere Colorado.

Ultimately, the outdoors is what inspires us. These mid-week adventures are designed not only to immerse you in the Colorado landscape, but also to refresh and renew our own affinity with the natural world. Sometimes, it just feels good to get above tree line. So join us! We can’t wait to share these adventures with you.

We arrived early on our first day of filming for the engineers’ morning meeting and to set up some equipment before the tour guests arrived.

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The Cog Railway engineers.

OutThere’s favorite way of bringing you with us on our adventures is by creating 360 virtual reality films. Charles Roach, General Manager of OutThere Colorado, attached the Samsung Gear 360 to the top of the train to capture the train’s ascent. Climb aboard the highest train in North America and join us as we travel almost 8,000 feet to the summit of Pikes Peak!

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Spencer McKee, OutThere Colorado’s Social Media Coordinator, jumps on the train to help Charles Roach set up the Samsung Gear 360 camera.

As passengers filled the train cars getting ready to ascend to the summit of Pikes Peak, you could almost see similar passengers loading up 125 years ago on the Cog’s first ascent (though in slightly different clothing!). Their anticipation must have been equal to the excited energy of the crowd that filled the train that morning.

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Passengers begin to fill the two train cars getting ready to head up the mountain.

For those that couldn’t join us in person, Spencer McKee, OutThere Colorado’s Social Media Coordinator, captured some Instagram stories so that our followers could participate in our adventures.

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Spencer McKee, OutThere Colorado’s Social Media Coordinator, made Instagram stories throughout the day so that our Instagram followers could join our adventure in real time.
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A high-powered magnet let us stick a GoPro to the side of the train to capture a time lapse of the train’s ascent.
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An OSMO is probably one of the coolest tools a filmmaker can use. The device stabilizes the image so that even a train rumbling up a mountain at 8 miles per hour doesn’t disturb the shot.
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It’s refreshing to get up above tree line now and again.
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The Cog approaches the summit of Pikes Peak.
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OutThere Colorado reaches the summit of Pikes Peak.

We had a little more room to play around on the train for Day Two. So we pulled out the drone to capture the train’s ascent from above.

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Charles readies the drone. Not pictured here: the harrowing fight to land the drone in 65 mile per hour head winds. Good news, we did get the drone back.

The wind was a big challenge. Drones are amazing pieces of technology, but they’re no match for intense head winds at 12,000 feet above sea level. So, we had to get a little creative.

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It took Charles, Spencer, and a broom to stabilize the plank enough to get the shot from the moving train.

Charles Roach, General Manager of OutThere Colorado, muscled the OSMO and plank through the train to get the shot. Anything for the shot.

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Sometimes it’s too windy above tree line to fly a drone… That’s when you get creative.
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Charles fought the wind and the weight of the plank to get the shot.

Charles’ effort was totally worth it! We took a look at the initial footage on a relatively small iPhone screen, and even in D-Log (meaning, without color saturation), the shots looked amazing!

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An app allows the team to view the footage that was just captured with the OSMO.

Thanks to Nick, our awesome engineer, we made it to 14,115 feet without incident.

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End of the line for the Cog Railway at the summit of Pikes Peak, 14,115 feet above sea level.

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