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Ski the 14ers Hardcover Coffee Table Book
Hard cover, large format 12x12, over 200 stunning color
Photographs of big mountain Colorado skiing.
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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.
?Chris Davenport?s skill and audacity on skis is matched by his firm respect for mountaineering history and steadfast devotion to the ideals of boldness, tenacity, and commitment. In skiing all of Colorado?s Fourteeners in a single year he?s pointed the way to an adventurous future - and by sharing his and his companions? experiences in this book, Chris has not only done justice to the efforts of his forebears but inspired generations to come.?
Michael Kennedy, Renowned Alpinist
?What Chris accomplished in 2006 elevates him to the upper echelon of ski alpinism. For most skiers, notching a descent from the summit of any one of these peaks would be considered a crowning achievement. The fact that Chris pulled this off in less than a year is downright mind-blowing. Thanks to this book, now any skier can live vicariously through Chris? journey and experience what it?s like to ski from the highest peaks in the continental U.S.?
Derek Taylor, Editor, Powder Magazine
There are 54 rugged mountain peaks in Colorado
over 14,000 feet, and in 2006, professional
freeskier Chris Davenport plans to be the
first ski them all in a single season. Two-time
World Champion Davenport’s work in
ski films and success in big mountain contests
ranks him among the best alpine athletes
on skis today. He’s also made a career
out of leading first descents in mountain
ranges around the world. But now the Aspen/
Snowmass based Davenport is turning to his
own backyard in search of his greatest challenge
yet: to ascend to the highest points in
Colorado and ski down through some of the
most demanding backcountry in the Rockies.
Only one other ski-mountaineer has laid
tracks from the summit, down all 54 mountains
over 14,000 feet in Colorado, the legendary
Lou Dawson. Lou took fourteen years to complete
the task. Davenport plans to start skiing
these formidable peaks on January 1, and
continue making descents for as long as
the snow holds out.
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