Our friend and Backbone Media owner Penn Newhard sent this in the other day. Had to be a blog post.
Chapin told me he wanted to ski a 14er for his birthday (he turns 11 at the end of the month), so Big John Gloor and I meandered up Quandary this past Saturday and we ended up snagging Cristo Couloir in windy and creamy conditions.
|Chapin on the descent.|
Chapin did great on the uphill – high winds forced us to our knees at times and off the East Ridge onto the main face to avoid the gusts higher up. Overall a great trip.
|Quandary, with Cristo Couloir marked.|
After nearly packing it in due to high winds and seeing a few parties retreat around 13K – we played the patience game, moving out of the most exposed areas and slowly gaining altitude.
“Let’s just go a bit higher and see how the snow is,” became the mantra and a great lesson for the young lad, who around 13,500 admitted “even if we don’t make the top this is the greatest adventure of my life…”
|Gloor and Chapin at the summit.|
A bit later when he asked how high we were and we said probably nearly 14 he rallied – “if we are that close there is no way we aren’t gonna summit!”
Anyway, Lou (and I shared this with Dav too) – thanks to you for being such a proponent and motivator for so many of us! I am certain Chapin never would’ve conceived of skiing a 14er if he hadn’t have met you and Chris and been inspired by both of you.
|Chapin Newhard, his first fourteener ski descent, congratulations!|