#Rainier20Twelve Documentary Film and Journal

It’s finally here! After hours and hours of writing, editing, chopping, and refining, Jeff and Brad (with the help of many other warriors) finished the #Rainier20Twelve documentary film and article. 

Please take a few minutes to watch and read, as I believe it will entertain, inspire, and encourage you.

To reiterate, this was a massively life changing experience for me personally, so I’m extremely grateful that the guys took the time and love to put this together. 

January 1, 2012: A gunman drove into Mount Rainier National Park and murdered an on-duty law enforcement ranger. Margaret Anderson leaves behind a husband and 2 young children.

June 21st, 2012: Climbing Ranger Nick Hall accidentally fell to his death while performing an on-mountain rescue of 4 injured climbers near the summit of Mount Rainier.

August 13, 2012: A group of 5 entrepreneurs, creatives and adventure-enthusiasts set out to summit Mount Rainier to raise funds for Margaret’s husband and two children, and for Nick Hall’s family. For 4 of the climbers, Ryan, Paul, Bradley and Jeff, this was their “first ascent”.

Michael Rowley, Founder of 14,4 Foundation, has built his foundation on a passion for helping those whom have been injured in the outdoors, or families who have lost loved ones to the outdoors. This climb marks the first fundraising effort by 14,4 Foundation to help a family who lost a loved one in the line-of-duty.

Rainier20Twelve.com

FourteenFour.org

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CLIMBING TEAM:

Michael Rowley – Founder – 14,4 Foundation - FourteenFour.org

Ryan Frederick – Founder – Crux Watches - CruxWatches.com

Paul Blackmon

Brad Castaneda – Creative Director – TwentyFiveThree - TwentyFiveThree.com

Jeff Marsh – Owner/ Director – 5 Mile Films - 5MileFilms.com

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Directed by Jeff Marsh - 5milefilms.com
Produced by Fourteen Four Foundation - FourteenFour.org
Filmed by Bradley Castaneda and Jeff Marsh
Edited by Bradley Castaneda - BradleyCastaneda.com
Editing and Coloring by Jeff Marsh

Edited in FCPX
Colored in LR4 using VSCO Film presets - VisualSupply.co

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GEAR provided by Borrow Lenses - BorrowLenses.com

Canon 5d Mark 3
Canon 5d Mark 2
Canon 7d
Canon 5d
iPhone 4s
Canon 16-35mm 2.8 L lens
Canon 35mm 1.4 L lens
Canon 24mm 1.4 mark 2 L lens
Canon 24mm 1.4 mark 1 L lens
Rode Video Mic Pro

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SPONSORS:

Visual Supply Co - VisualSupply.co

Apple Physical Therapy - ApplePT.com

Rhino Camera Gear - RhinoCameraGear.com

Borrow Lenses - BorrowLenses.com

Die Cut Stickers - DieCutStickers.com

Makin Music - MakinMusic.com

Outdoor Research - OutdoorResearch.com

Crux Watches - CruxWatches.com

5 Mile Films - 5MileFilms.com

Bradley Castaneda - BradleyCastaneda.com

REI - REI.com

Arc’teryx - Arcteryx.com

Whittaker Mountaineering - WhittakerMountaineering.com

Petzl - Petzl.com

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DONATIONS:

Making donations is simple. Just navigate to Rainier20Twelve.com and enter the amount of money you would like to donate. The donations are tax-deductible and receipts are available upon request. Feel free to email us if you have any questions.

All proceeds are given to the memorial funds set up by the families of Margaret and Nick.

All donations will be processed through the 14,4 Foundation 501(c)3 account.

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#Rainier20Twelve Foreward

This is a foreword I wrote for a short story written by my best friend Jeff about our recent Mt. Rainier summit. I wanted to include it here because it documents a my heart surgery story and captures some of the emotion felt when we reached the summit. 

When we summited Rainier, it was a far more emotional experience than I had prepared for. It wasn’t until Jeff and I climbed the final feet side by side that it hit me. I cried more intensely than I ever had. Exactly seven years prior I was undergoing physical therapy in Switzerland and struggling to climb just three simple stairs.

A few months after we graduated from the University of Washington in 2005, my wife Selena and I moved to Zurich to work at a private equestrian showjumping farm. We were young, relatively burdenless, and looking for adventure; we had no idea of how adventurous the journey would actually be.

When we arrived, I was already sick. I had pushed too hard during my last month of school, working too much, sleeping too little. The combination of an overwhelmed immune system and a congenital heart defect resulted in a bacterial infection of my mitral valve - of which I was completely unaware. My only symptom was a persistent cough.

In Switzerland, the bacteria gained momentum and prevented me from working. What started as a cough evolved into chronic fatigue and fevers. After the first three weeks on the farm, our jobs were at risk because of my inability to perform. When my boss informed me of our likely termination, I determined that I wouldn’t let my “light fevers and weakness” keep us from this incredible opportunity.

The next day, despite my sickness, I started my job demolishing and reconstructing stalls for show horses. This involved the very unsanitary and strenuous task of removing urine soaked stall mats and the underlying bricks, releveling the foundation, and replacing the bricks and mats. I worked a solid week until my symptoms became unmanageable.

Through a wild chain of events, I ran out of my medicine on Friday evening just before a Swiss holiday that would prevent me from refilling and seeing my doctor until the following Tuesday. The infection flourished; my light shivers evolved into seizure-like convulsions and my mild fevers turned into mattress soaking sweat episodes.

When Tuesday rolled around, I didn’t realize it but I was at serious risk of dying. I couldn’t muster a ride to the local clinic, so I walked 3 miles in the rain to see my physician who had taken the week off for the holiday. When they tried to turn me away for lack of an appointment, I scrapped my broken German and insisted in English, “I need help, now!”. Seeing my condition, they allowed me to wait for the only other doctor on a metal table in a back room. I remember shivering and shaking so wildly, it was a significant effort just to stay on the table.

God was watching over me that day. The new doctor looked at my chart with fresh eyes and immediately recognized a problem. He listened to my heart and identified a murmur that warranted urgent attention. When he told me that I would need to go to a larger regional clinic right away, my only response was, “Well, how much will that cost?”. He responded, “It’s that, or your life.” Needless to say, we left for the clinic soon after.

Upon arrival, doctors soon identified a 2.5 centimeter long growth that was waving like a flag off one flap of my mitral valve. If left untreated, it was likely that the infection would overwhelm my immune system and/or break off and cause a stroke or loss of limb. The local doctors called the State Hospital of Zurich to see if they had room as the care I needed was well outside of their scope.

Within hours I was consulting with the head of cardiology and within one week I was undergoing open heart surgery with a real chance of not surviving.

It was in the month afterward that I realized how fragile and precious health and life are. It took weeks for me to regain the ability to perform simple activities like sitting up, walking, and climbing stairs. With every step, my heart would beat uncontrollably, my lungs were overwhelmed (they were compressed by 1.5 liters of fluid in my thoracic cavity). I didn’t feel like I’d ever be able to run or climb or do anything I loved ever again.

As we stood atop the 14,400+ summit of Rainier, brought there by the same heart and lungs that had been so frail 7 years prior, I couldn’t help but cry and thank God for a body to get me there. It is an experience I will never forget, and one I hope to commemorate with many more physical feats. As you read our story, I hope you are encouraged, empowered, and emboldened to tackle mountains of your own. Remember that you can overcome obstacles that are seemingly insurmountable, even if it’s not until 7 years later!