Featuring 38 true-life stories of adventure and self-discovery, adrenaline, and honesty, a former professional NCAA downhill competitor reveals the soul skier's" raison d'etre" finding exhilaration, faith, grief, love, and everything that truly matters amid the gloriously tangible, tactile, break-your-leg-if-you're-not-careful rocks, trees, and gullies of the alpine world.
The Aspen Ski and Snowboard Guide is a one of a kind Trail Guide to all of the in-bounds skiing at Aspen's Four separate ski hills - Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. Not your standard trail map, this guide takes the art of ski hill representation to a new and unseen level, combining tons of aerial photographs of the mountains with drawn on run representation and individual run descriptions.
." Catching the Sky" is a clear-eyed look at extreme sports, what drives people to take wild chances, and how one man, Colten, couldn't stop even after the worst possible outcome. His story reminds us that we can dream and sometimes achieve the impossible, that we can follow our own path, that we can lose something, lose everything, only to find it again often in the most unlikely place."
Downright thrilling; [Conefrey] really gives us a sense of what it must have been like, battling exhaustion and frigid temperatures to get to the top of the world. A must-read.
The newest addition to Warren Ohlrich's collection of hiking books, "Winter Trails," highlights cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking in the Roaring Fork Valley. This winter trails guide lists and describes the many possibilities for both locals and visitors to enjoy the beauty of the area and to find routes for workouts or for getting away from the crowd. The guide clarifies which routes are best for skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, walking the dog, getting a workout, or just appreciating the scenic beauty. Details are given for getting to trailheads, for the appropriate trail maps, distances, elevations, potential dangers, and what to expect along the way.
With insight on how it's done, how it looks, and how it feels, "Ultimate Skiing" will give you a performance edge. LeMaster's signature photo sequences clearly illustrate proper form and will guide you step by step through challenging sections of the slopes. With "Ultimate Skiing," you'll soon be skiing better than ever!
"Even the reader who gets no farther than the couch can feel transported to the snow-covered peaks, mogul fields, and sparkling expanses sculpted by the book's avalanche of quirky nuggets, insider tips, and historical perspectives . . . After writing nine other Fifty Places guides, author Chris Santella has the drill down." --Reuters.com
Near the top of Mount Everest, on 10 May 1996, eight climbers died. It was the worst tragedy in the mountain's history. Lou Kasischke was there. After the Wind tells the harrowing story of what went wrong, as it has never been told before - including why the climbers were so desperately out of time as the rogue storm struck.
This is a collection of newspaper columns, written about Aspen, Colorado and its agrarian neighbor, Woody Creek. Published during the period 2004-2014. History, ranching, skiing, dogs, partying, horses, love and romance, family, and philosophy all get a chance to shine in this well-written collection of stories, each being almost a short-story within itself.
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"Don't Get Mad...Get Even" is a hilarious compilation of stories, most of them about practical jokes Aspenites played on each other during the years between 1960 and 1980. In those years Aspen was a booming tourist town, buildings were cropping up everywhere like dandelions in the lawn. Fortune tellers were getting elected and passing no-growth density laws to stop the runaway boom. Behind this scene were the crazies who had the foresight to be an integral part of the excitement. They were driven by their passion for skiing but also needed to feed their bellies and entrepreneurs they became. Once their livelihood was assured they began to have some harmless practical joke fun, often at the expense of their friends. There are lots of wild stories like riding a motorcycle through your friend's new house on Halloween night, or filling a friend's borrowed rowboat full of 500 pounds of grape Jell-O. The characters in this book didn't get mad they just got even. This is a journey full of outlandish stories, each chapter a new tale, making this the perfect bathroom or bedside book