In the department of good news, we were recently nominated as National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, for our completion of the Centennial Ski Project. It’s a huge honor to be considered for this award, something that National Geographic has been organizing since 2005. Teamwork is everything. What began years ago as three individual pursuits to ski some 14ers evolved into something bigger than any of us ever imagined, and...
[I originally posted this on Centennialskiers.com, a report from our final Centennial ski trip to Jagged Mountain, #100. We did it!] We climbed and skied Jagged Mountain, our 100th and final ski descent of the Centennial Ski Project. Christy, Chris, and I, along with our friend Pete Gaston, emerged from a four day trip in the Weminuche Wilderness on Thursday, in awe of a mountain that presented more challenges than...
We skied Stewart Peak, 13,983 ft. yesterday, our 99th Centennial ski descent. Only one more peak remains, Jagged Mountain.
Last spring, a film crew from Red Bull joined us on a few of our Centennial Ski Project peaks. They were producing an installment for the Faces of Dav series about Chris Davenport for Red Bull TV.
As far as Colorado ski mountaineering is concerned, I’ve always considered the 3rd week in May to be my favorite stretch of time. The random weather that tends to sweep through the state earlier in the season usually gives way to a dry and sunny summer pattern. That in turn allows for cold clear nights and a reliable corn cycle on nearly all aspects and elevations. Up high, the frozen...
Mount Adams rises above the town of Crestone, in a region of the Sangre de Cristos that contain some of the most impressive mountains in the state. Many climbers and peak baggers are familiar with the local 14ers— the Crestones and Kit Carson— but if you’re heading to the area with skiing in mind, Mount Adams should be at the top of your list.
Moving east from Half Peak we went to Creede and Phoenix Peak 13,895 ft. Though it may not seem like an exciting mountain when viewed from the small town it stands over, we skied a fun, steep line on the it’s east side which impressed us all.
Half Peak is an interesting one. We were a bit curious about how this peak would be for skiing because the mountain isn’t really conventional in shape. It’s a giant, gentle sloping ramp with a big flat summit, much like like a butte.
Since Internet readers have notoriously short attention spans I find it’s usually best to keep a post to a few hundred words and maybe ten photos. So when I came home with 1300 photos from our recent Weminuche Traverse through the San Juan Mountains, I thought the single brief post I put up on the Centennial Skiers site didn’t really do the five day trip justice. I wanted to share...
Once we were on top and we could look down the line of Grenadiers to the east, and to the impressive Needle Mountains to the south, we were all keenly aware that we were experiencing something special.
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