Fritz Stammberger Film in Aspen Tonight & Sierra Avalanche may have been a bad one

Post by blogger | February 2, 2006      

Update: It appears there may have been an avalanche tragedy in the Sierra backcountry today. Let’s pray it’s not another group accident… more here.

Fritz Stammberger is an iconic figure in North American ski mountaineering. He did the first ski descent of Colorado’s North Maroon peak the same spring that Bill Briggs did the first ski descent of Wyoming’s Grand Teton. Both descents were equally groundbreaking and highly influential in the development of North American extreme skiing. Stammberger was also a devoted Himalayan mountaineer, did some wild stuff over there, and made a movie about Himalayan adventure. Long lost to the public, the film “Death Zone” was released in 1974 and told a slightly hyperbolic but compelling story. It’s being shown tonight at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, 7 PM.

While I’m sure the dated nature of “Death Zone” will be good for some laughs, my recollection is that it was a somewhat ground breaking film, and had some cool stuff in it (I saw it in the 1970s). Some of Stammberger’s climbing partners will be there to chat and share stories (Fritz was lost in the Himalayas in 1975).

Along with Stammberger’s flick, ski mountaineer Mike Marolt will show a mountaineering film he made that emphasizes the journey rather than the goals.

The event is free. I’ll be there tonight to do a brief introduction to the Stammberger film — hope to see some blog readers there!

For more about Stammberger, check out this excerpt from my Wild Snow book.


Please Enjoy A Few Suggested WildSnow Posts


  Your Comments

  Recent Posts

Facebook Twitter Email Instagram Youtube


  • Blogroll & Links

  • Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

    All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

    We include "affiliate sales" links with most of our blog posts. This means we receive a percentage of a sale if you click over from our site (at no cost to you). None of our affiliate commission links are direct relationships with specific gear companies or shopping carts, instead we remain removed by using a third party who manages all our affiliate sales and relationships. We also sell display "banner" advertising, in this case our relationships are closer to the companies who advertise, but our display advertising income is carefully separated financially and editorially from our blog content, over which we always maintain 100% editorial control -- we make this clear during every advertising deal we work out. Please also notice we do the occasional "sponsored" post, these are under similar financial arrangements as our banner advertising, only the banner or other type of reference to a company are included in the blog post, simply to show they provided financial support to and provide them with advertising in return. Unlike most other "sponsored content" you find on the internet, our sponsored posts are entirely under our editorial control and created by WildSnow specific writers.See our full disclosures here.

    Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. Due to human error and passing time, the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

    Switch To Mobile Version