Younger guys can ignore this first paragraph. On the other hand, you might want to keep reading. That especially if you know the call of adventure, and already feel the reality of “so many mountains, so little time.” Because for you, now is the time. And if you have doubts about that, just pick up John Baldwin’s 447 page guidebook and start a gas money jar.
Yes, when the mailman delivered Baldwin’s 447 page 3rd edition of “Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis,” not only did Baldwin tweak the mail guys back muscles with the weight of the new tome. But the author made me laugh because I’m one of those guys who has faith in heaven, and if I didn’t NEED such faith before this book arrived I do now, since things like the SIX month complete Coast Mountains Traverse (page 443) are just probably not going to happen for me here while I’m in this earthly cuerpo — but if doing such a traverse is as special as I think it is, I’ll get another chance to pull something like that off. Yes, so many mountains…”
Replete with everything from a trip rating system to an extensive trip planning section, those new to the Coast Mountains of Canada and the northern U.S. will have an edge if they study Baldwin’s book. Likewise, dealing with weather that produces biblical snowfall is also covered.
And don’t let my mention of six month trips scare you off. “Coast Mountains on Skis” also includes enough day trips to keep a backcountry glisser happy for a lifetime — and beyond. Terrific gift.
Shop for John Baldwin guidebook here. Oh, and THANKS JOHN for all your hard work communicating about the mountains you so obviously love with all your heart and soul.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.