Fredrik Ericsson is poised to make an attempt at skiing K2 that appears to have a good chance of succeeding. They’ve had a good snow year, he’s got a ton of experience now, and he’s been up there for a while sussing out the route. “Alpine” journalist Trey Cook (who runs the blog Chamonix Insider) is covering the adventure and filing some impressive dispatches from the field (though with his last post being from July 14, once has to wonder what’s going on up there).
The availability of Trey’s K2 posts and photos is keeping at least a few bloggers happy as I’ve seen his content being duplicated all over the web as ski bloggers look for filler during the dog days of summer. As far as I can tell, the place to look for the freshest updates is probably Cook’s blog, so check out the dispatches there and give Cook his due; he deserves it as I can just imagine how hard he’s working up there to get those blog posts out.
This is weird and scary. Some alpine lakes in Canada has tested for high levels of DDT, and they’re saying you shouldn’t eat the fish that live there. The poisoned ponds are in Mount Revelstoke National Park. No one seems to know where the DDT came from. More here.
Here is one ski resort expansion that seems totally appropriate. Echo Mountain is a little thing near Denver where they emphasize terrain park fun on about 600 vertical feet of private property. They’re going to expand on to more of their own property. No public land issues. Refreshing. More here.
And, is Sarah Palin gearing up for a Denali climb of her own? More here.
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.