Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Chris Davenport Ski The 14ers Book Now Available

Well, it's not really available just yet. ButSki the 14ers book from Chris Davenport - Colorado's 54 14ers were skied in a year. the "Ski the 14ers" book by Chris Davenport is now available for pre-order and will ship December 7, just in time for Christmas. And what a gift this would be.

I personally am stoked to read the 148 pages, printed in a large format hardcover style. Each peak has a story and I'm anxious to read about it. It's long overdue that Colorado, for all it's tall and technical peaks, gets its day in the sun.

While Chris was going about his quest to be the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado's peaks that are taller than the 14,000' mark, it became more and more captivating to follow along on his site. I posted a couple of times here on the Backcountry Blog and one post related his reflection of the adventure when he had 5 peaks remaining. I'm glad he completed his goal within a year. Nice work Chris!

The description from the publishers website:
Ski The 14ers tells the story of Chris Davenport’s epic adventure through stunning photography and first hand trip reports of Colorado’s most spectacular mountains and ranges.

Between January 22, 2006 and January 19, 2007, Aspen’s Chris Davenport completed a remarkable journey. He skied all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks within one year. To successfully ski the “14ers” one must have a combination of big mountain skills including accurate avalanche forecasting ability, careful route selection and inexhaustible tenacity. To accomplish the goal, Davenport and his companions faced every condition from water ice to powder, from bluebird days to subzero temperatures and intense winds. He climbed over 200,000 vertical feet during his ascents and often the very difficult routes had minimal snow cover. The true scope of this accomplishment is known by only a handful of experienced alpinists and skiers. Colorado ski alpinist Lou Dawson was the first to climb and ski all 54 peaks, which took him 13 years to accomplish. Others have attempted to ski all the 14ers and have come close. This book is an extraordinary photo expose of all the 14ers in winter. The trip reports gives the reader a window to this rare accomplishment.

Purchase the Ski the 14ers book today Your coffee table will thank you and I'm sure those after skiing Saturday evenings this winter will be full of perusing this book.

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