The North Face of North Maroon Peak, 14,014 feet, from the new book, Fifty Classic Ski Descents in North America.
If you ask Christy and me, 2010 was a pretty good year. The skiing was great, the races went well, the summer was memorable, we had quite a few fun adventures away from Aspen and of course Christy finished skiing the 14ers. As I was trying to organize things on my computer I came to realize that it was also a pretty good year for photos.
Between the new book, Fifty Classic Ski Descents in North America, the ongoing interest in Christy and the Colorado peaks, and several other calls for images for random books and magazines, it felt as though it was more than the hobby I consider it to be. Of course it helps to have subjects that people are interested in, like Christy and Chris Davenport. Here are a few shots that landed in print this past year to look over while we wait for the snow to pile up around here.
Al Beyer, way out there, from the January issue of Backcountry magazine.
These next two are from a Denver Post story about Christy and the 14ers. This photo is from atop the summit of Mt. Wilson, looking back to El Diente, which we skied earlier that day.
And here, Christy follows Joey Gimapaolo up the Landry Route on Pyramid Peak, Denver Post, 5/18/10.
From the Aspen Times 5/18/10, and subsequently lifted for use by dozens of other online sites, Christy nears the top of her final 14er, Capitol Peak.
Another one from the story in the Times, this one of the ski descent off El Diente Peak, 14,159 ft.
Sometime in early summer I got a copy of a book by Jeff Arnold on Albert Ellingwwood. Arnold needed a shot of Ellingwood’s namesake ridge on La Plata Peak, seen here in the foreground, and I was happy to help. The book, Albert Ellingwood, Scholar of Summits, is great for anyone into the early history of 14er climbing.
Matt Ross on North Face of North Maroon Peak, from the Fifty Classic Ski Descents book.
An aerial shot of the awesome East Face of Pyramid Peak, designated as one of the classics.
A few in the book are from a trip Chris Davenport and I did back in 2007 to ski Mount Rainier.
This one is from high on Rainier’s Wilson Headwall. It’s a pretty photogenic place.
Dav peers out at the options, which seem (and are) endless.
Another of the Fifty Classics, Middle Teton.
And a designated Colorado classic, Wilson Peak. Dirk and Christy(to the right), who was actually on telemark skis, make the sketchy traverse into the start of the couloir on the mountains NE Face.
This one graces the wall at the Ute Mountaineer’s new location in town, a shot of Christy up in Montezuma Basin, from October 2006.
From the current issue of Women’s Adventure Magazine, of Christy on the traverse to the summit of El Diente.
Who knows, maybe 2011 even better. Bring on the snow.