So Many Backcountry Blog Items….
And so little time… Just got of the phone with Brian Litz, well known backcountry skiing publisher, founder of Backcountry Magazine, etc. He’s running his own publishing company, and buried in work bringing a new Colorado ice climbing guidebook to publication. In his words: “trial by fire.” Brian sent me some previews of the book, and let me just say it blows anything else totally out of the water. Should be out by fall. Budget for new ice tools, you’ll need ’em when you see this.
Brian also reported some nice Colorado 14er descents he’d been logging, and I’m still hearing the same from others. How long is this spring going to continue providing great Colorado skiing? Ho hum, off to another world-class ski descent in Colorado — whoops, what’s wrong with that credit card? Refused? What, you mean I actually have to work and not ski? Shucks, I used to pray for snow, now I pray it’ll melt so I don’t go broke!!
Had a fun conversation yesterday with friend and ski writer Jay Cowan. You might recall his byline from dozens of magazine articles over the years. Jay is a skilled wordsmith with a knack for finding interesting angles. He’s been an active backcountry skier for years, with lots of time in the European Alps (see Alps book he wrote) as well as his home mountains of Colorado. Jay just took over as the head Editor at Sojourner Magazine, an Aspen publication that covers goings on about the Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen). With Jay’s love of all things skiing, expect to see more about our sport in Sojourner.
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.