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


Post by WildSnow.com 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.

Comments

Comments are closed.

  Your Comments

  • Harpo: I wanted a longterm review of the Light Removable including how the light w...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Got a better scale for larger weights, weight of Voltair 30 liter unfortuna...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hi Harpo, we're working on a lot of things, not sure exactly when that will...
  • Tyler Eardley: I'm 99% sure this is the boot of choice for splitboarders. I'm taking the p...
  • harpo: Hi Wildsnow, I think you indicated in the comments that you would be doing ...
  • Eric B: I agree with the "one deploy" philosophy. If you ever had to use one of th...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Finn, my understanding from our extensive comment threads is that there are...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hi See, I didn't feel like you were detracting from anything, but thanks fo...
  • See: I am in no way trying to detract from your project here, Lou. I’m totally i...
  • finn: Ok, after reading all of this, what is the opinion of the safest tech bindi...
  • Stewart: Seems just another example of technological fetishism and consumerism unhin...
  • Lou Dawson 2: I found what's possibly a better, lighter weight converter, ordered it. ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: See, good points. My UsbAir wiring harness indeed weighs less than yet anot...
  • Jeremy C: I doubt a USB feed off your avalanche airbag, is something that any manufac...
  • See: Great fun, but a 9000 mAh usb charger weighs less than 8 ounces, can be kep...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Drew, I actually do agree with you, I think the "one deploy" model is way b...
  • Lou Dawson 2: It's a Galaxy Note 1, been in use for about 18 months with the same battery...
  • Buck: "Speaking of the Galaxy Note, it’s got a massive aftermarket battery on it....
  • Drew Tabke: The philosophy behind the multiple-deploy design principle is madness. If y...
  • Lou Dawson 2: I don't see why not. It would run your tablet as well. It's basically a hig...
  • Billy: Can you charge your galaxy with that contraption while flying on a commerci...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Thanks Andrew, I was hoping someone who knew something would chime in and h...
  • Dan: Lou, you are sick...brilliant, but sick....
  • Andrew: Battery size appears super-conservative, assuming you somehow keep the batt...
  • Joe John: Pretty crafty Lou!...
  • Max: So here is the problem I have. "Pack without battery, with controller u...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Bear in mind that weight is the pack without battery but WITH the black-box...
  • Trent: Thank you. Very helpful. "Pack without battery, with controller unit, ba...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Thanks Eric, we played around with that for a while but the packs change so...
  • Eric B: Lou, as you get more avi packs in this season it would be great to get a Wi...

  Recent Posts


Facebook Twitter Google Instagram Youtube
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.

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. While the authors and editors of the information on this website make every effort to present useful information about ski mountaineering, due to human error 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