|Robin takes the lead carrying construction wood from Pearl Pass down to the Friends hut in 1991.|
A backcountry skier and good friend of ours named Robin Ferguson has been battling throat cancer for more than a year now. If you’re from around our area or from Chamonix, France you might have met Robin over the years, as he’s lived large in both places. If you don’t know Robin, let me tell you he’s a very special guy. Quite the craftsman, a great skier and a father. Where I know Robin best from is the building of the Friends Hut here in Colorado. Robin is a founding board member, and did a huge amount of hands-on construction work on the hut, as well as having a large influence on the excellent design, all as a volunteer.
Robin has had more than his share of surgery and chemo, and is now doing a series of treatments he could only get in Europe, and that are not covered by insurance. To help with that his family has put together what should prove to be a super fun benefit party — a barn dance and silent auction to be held outside of Aspen this coming Saturday. If you know Robin and his family you’re probably planning on coming, but let me encourage all you folks out there who don’t know many (or any) folks in Robin’s community. This is a great opportunity to meet many Aspen area backcountry skiers and outdoors people who were involved in things like the Friends Hut and other shenanigans around our area, as well as connect with possible partners for winter adventure. Details:
Allez Up Robin — a benefit for Robin Ferguson
Saturday, 10/21/06, 4 – 10 pm
Free with $50 suggested donation at the door
(All proceeds go towards
Robin’s medical bills)
Pastor Mustard (aka Dan Sadowsky)
The All Star Bluegrass Jam
Tom & Julie Paxton
McCabe Ranch Barn
Old Snowmass, Colorado
Off Colorado Hwy 82 at “Old” Snowmass (not Snowmass resort) take Snowmass Creek Road to the “T” intersection. Turn right on Capitol Creek Road. Go approximately two miles to Elk Creek Road 9A (on the right just past Little Elk Creek Subdivision). Turn right and follow the signs and balloons.
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.