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Recent Adventures

14,000 Feet Above Sea Level

At the summit of Mount Bierstadt, one of the famous "14ers" in the fabulous Rocky Mountains on July 3rd, 2019.

In Colorado, this is a "day out with the familiy"

Carter Lake Crossing

A beautiful 5k (3.1 mile) swim crossing of Carter Lake in Colorado on July 20th, 2019. A 7:00 am start, with 200 friends, including Scott and Gretchen. Felt great!

Great Chesapeake Bay Swim in Maryland on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
4.4 miles of open-water from the Annapolis side to the east side (swam in the 'channel' between the twin bridges) with 650 other swimmers. Strong cross-currents, choppy water. Fabulous! Here's the view from the water:

Completed the swim crossing in 3 hours, 23 mins. Pretty good, given the tough conditions. Don't think I will do this one again next year!

2017 was not a year of big open-water swims. However, I did compete in a couple of sprint distance triathlons in Boulder & Steamboat Springs. The athletic highlight of the summer was the 70.3 Ironman Relay on August 5th 2017, with my two friends, Harri Lintukorpi & Greg Lems.

Gavin finishing the 1.2 mile swim leg of the triathlon

L to R: Gavin Maitland (swim), Harri Lintukorpi (bike), Greg Lems (run)

Ironman 70.3 Relay Team
(L to R); Gavin Maitland (swim), Harri Lintukorpi (bike), Greg Lems (run).


July 16th 2016 – New York Harbor
Lady Liberty swim: 1.6 mile swim from the Statue of Liberty to New Jersey: Gavin, Riley Maitland (15). Swim highlights: stunning views of Manhattan, swimming with Riley.


Aug 8th 2015 – San Francisco, CA
Six mile “Bridge-to-bridge” swim from Golden Gate Bridge to Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco bay: Gavin Maitland, Zander Maitland (16), Riley Maitland (14). Swim highlights: swimming in the dark, cold water, a real-life adventure with Zander & Riley.


Sept 20th 2014 – Boston, MA
One-mile swim across the Boston harbor: Gavin, Riley Maitland (13). Swim highlights: beautiful view of Boston, swimming with Riley.


May 13th 2013 – Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA
Celebrating my 5th lung-transplant anniversary by open-water swimming from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco: Gavin, Zander (13) and Riley (11) Maitland. Swim highlights: cold & choppy water, seals, wonderful views, first Big Swim with Zander & Riley.

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My name is Gavin Maitland. I'm originally from Fraserburgh, Scotland, and now live in Boulder, Colorado. In 2008, I was dying from an incurable lung disease and gasping for every breath. I survived thanks to a life-saving double-lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center.

In  the over11 years since my gift of life, I have received care from Scott Palmer, MD, and his colleagues at Duke. As a result, I have been able to resume a wonderfully active (dare I say it, “normal"?) life.

Scott Palmer, MD and his team conduct life-saving, ground-breaking research into post-lung transplant, including identifying lung-transplant patients at increased risk of rejection to allow effective treatment before complications occur. But post-lung transplant research remains massively underfunded.

Scott Palmer, MD

Bad News/Good News
The bad news is that lung transplant has the worst outcomes of all solid organ transplants. The good news is that Dr Palmer and his colleagues in the Duke Post-lung Transplant Program are working to change that.

If you support what I am doing, please consider making a donation.

Your tax-deductible donation (US only) will positively impact families impacted by lung-transplant. Any contribution through thsi website goes directly to Dr. Palmer, and his colleagues, and will make a real difference to this cutting-edge research.

Thanks to many, many generous supporters, we raised over $17,000 for Duke Post-lung Transplant Research (all funds raised went directly to Duke – no middle man, no admin fees, no nonsense).

The button below takes you to the Duke website where you can make your tax-deductible donation. Be sure to select: Duke Lung Transplant Program Fund

P.S. Feel free to email me with any questions, and/or to be put on my swimming email list - thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you!
Gavin Maitland

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