Backcountry Skiing News Roundup – Palin to do Denali?

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Fredrik Ericsson is poised to make an attempt at skiing K2 that appears to have a good chance of succeeding. They’ve had a good snow year, he’s got a ton of experience now, and he’s been up there for a while sussing out the route. “Alpine” journalist Trey Cook (who runs the blog Chamonix Insider) is covering the adventure and filing some impressive dispatches from the field (though with his last post being from July 14, once has to wonder what’s going on up there).

The availability of Trey’s K2 posts and photos is keeping at least a few bloggers happy as I’ve seen his content being duplicated all over the web as ski bloggers look for filler during the dog days of summer. As far as I can tell, the place to look for the freshest updates is probably Cook’s blog, so check out the dispatches there and give Cook his due; he deserves it as I can just imagine how hard he’s working up there to get those blog posts out.

This is weird and scary. Some alpine lakes in Canada has tested for high levels of DDT, and they’re saying you shouldn’t eat the fish that live there. The poisoned ponds are in Mount Revelstoke National Park. No one seems to know where the DDT came from. More here.

Here is one ski resort expansion that seems totally appropriate. Echo Mountain is a little thing near Denver where they emphasize terrain park fun on about 600 vertical feet of private property. They’re going to expand on to more of their own property. No public land issues. Refreshing. More here.

And, is Sarah Palin gearing up for a Denali climb of her own? More here.

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5 Responses to “Backcountry Skiing News Roundup – Palin to do Denali?”

  1. Norqski July 22nd, 2010 11:57 am

    Lou, please! A $arah Paylin headline? Have some journalistic integrity! This is not a tabloid, it is much more serious than that – Backcountry Skiing! I’m so appalled I may not come back to this site for 24 hours.

  2. Lou July 22nd, 2010 12:05 pm

    LOL

    I was wondering what the first riff on that would be!

  3. Andrew July 22nd, 2010 1:02 pm

    If Debbie can do Dallas, Palin can do Denali.

  4. Mark July 22nd, 2010 9:35 pm

    Strange about the DDT. Hasn’t that been banned for decades (for mosquito control specifically0?

  5. Mark July 22nd, 2010 9:51 pm

    Nice to hear about Echo Mountain. One of my coworkers would love to go up there–she’s a big park skier. Perhaps I’ll get up there once my son gets skiing. He’s only fourteen months old, but I have plans for skiing with him.

    Oh, and good luck and prayers to the K2 skiers. Sounds like Fredrik has moderate frostbite on his fingers. Stay safe and keep after it.

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