Frank and Brittany's Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes: Episode 40
So lets get it out there. Brittany and Frank are rad and they have skied all the 14ers. Their website 14erskiers.com catalogs their adventures, but I was particularly excited to dive into one or two of these peaks on the podcast. Somehow after having, Chris Davenport, Lou Dawson and Ted and Christy Mahon as previous guests, we never fully got into what some of these more gnarly peaks took to get it done. Frank and Brittany break down Capitol peak and what it takes to get from top to bottom on skies and I appreciate two very accomplished ski mountaineers admitting the times they were really gripped.
Brittany and Frank on top of another 14er. Can you guess which one?
But onto more recent projects. Frank and Brittany were really on to talk about their new book Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes Colorado. If you live in Colorado or are planning a visit just pick up the book now, but in the episode we are able to really get into the nuts and bolts of building a guide book. This is a big project to bring in routes from all over the state for different times of the year and different skill and experience levels. Guide books are going to be an important tool as more and more people are entering the backcountry in the winter, to keep people safe and tell them where to go.
Mostly it was just an amazing opportunity to talk to two very dedicated yet laid back ski-mountaineers. In particular check out them skiing the Dead Squirrel Couloir. I fully appreciate their stoke to keep finding great new lines all over Colorado and hope to use this for inspiration for my own objectives just as thousands of backcountry skiers will be doing with the new book.
Frank getting the goods!
We also get into some more serious topics such as education and how to take the mountains seriously. This is a very dangerous sport and sometimes I think the levity we use to approach it doesn't do it justice. We have been putting on a big push lately to bring a little more avalanche education to the website so take it all in during the podcast and keeping checking here for updated info.
The whole gang in the shop post episode
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- Doug Stenclik