Yeah, the dog days of summer are fast approaching, but when the latest issue of “Skiing Heritage” arrives in the mail it always puts a smile on my face. It’s a sickness. I guess the cure is to do some lawn watering. Later.
This issue of Heritage (June 2007) has a wealth of entertaining content. My favorite article details a historical photo archive from Nicholas Morant, who 70 years ago was “Canada’s Ansel Adams” and did a stint of ski photography that was little known, but nonetheless stunning. What I like about the Morant photos shown in Heritage is that they’re a nice mix of human landscapes, action shots, and what we now call “lifestyle” shots, meaning photos of people doing things. My favorite of those is a detailed shot showing the interior of a ski train with its merry inhabitants. The sweaters alone are priceless.
The other article that kept my attention details the history of rear entry ski boots. I know, you have to be a total ski fanatic to find boot history to be compelling reading. Oh well “my name is Lou and I’m a skiaholic…”
An article about prehistoric skiing cave paintings isn’t too shabby either.
Meanwhile, the lawn is drying.
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.