Well, I guess adventure is where you find it. I don’t like public speaking all that much, but radio is easier because you don’t have to worry about if your fly is open or not. I’d even call it fun on occasion, and this morning turned out to be just that. Conniff is a good interviewer and seemed genuinely interested in my take on risk sports, backcountry skiing, and even some mountain spirituality. Somehow he got me to dust the powder off and re-tell my old avalanche story from 1982 — I hope that wasn’t too booring for some of you guys who’ve heard the whole thing before. I really enjoyed it when Conniff started musing about ski bums wasting their lives away, and I pointed out that mountain culture requires diversity — so there we have it! As for the government providing free Avalungs, we didn’t get to that. Darn. Interesting way to spend a part of a rest-day. Now some shopping for the Europe trip!
|At KNFO this morning.|
This morning (December 27) starting at 8:00 AM Iâ€™ll be on the Michael Conniff show, a local Colorado talk show thatâ€™s available on various radio channels around the Aspen and Vail, Colorado area. Talking backcountry skiing of course! KNFO SmartRadio is in Colorado, 106.1 in Aspen and 94.3 in Carbondale, and some other channel around Vail, I thinkâ€¦
Conniff is an interesting fellow with an inquisitive mind, so we should have a lively conversation. He’s a diehard liberal so perhaps he’ll come up with concepts such as free lift tickets or free Avalalungs for all comers, or some other socialistic scheme that even a somewhat conservative guy such as myself can cheer. Perhaps free gasoline for trailhead drives. We’ll see.
|Capitol Peak (left) and Snowmass Mountain (right) as seen yesterday from Marble Peak. These two noble Colorado fourteeners are local landmarks we all love to climb, sometimes ski, or just sooth our eyeballs with.|
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.