24 Hours of Sunlight – News Coverage

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | February 13, 2006      

Thanks to David Frey and Aspen Daily News for extensive coverage, as well as Joelle Milholm and Glenwood Post. Interestingly the Aspen Times virtually ignored the event with a 1/3 page reprint of the post article buried in their sports section. I’m boycotting the Times for 4 weeks starting today.

24 Hours of Sunlight backcountry skiing climbing race, winners.
Solo men’s class podium winners, left to right: Greg Hill, Jimmy Faust (Faust and Hill tied for first), Steve Romeo

And speaking of news coverage, one reason the Aspen Times isn’t doing as good a job with extreme sport reporting is that reporter Tim Mutrie isn’t there any more. Tim did send me an interesting email speaking of co-winner Jimmy Faust, which I re-print below.

“Lou, I was really pumped to read on your blog updates how Jimmy Faust, a guy I’d come to know over years of covering the Grand Traverse (as I recall, he and partner Pat O’Neil (a Crested Butte teacher) finished on the Traverse podium every year, and won it thrice, except the one year Faust went for a thousand-foot slide-for-life on sun crust off Star Pass. He lost a ski in the wipeout and they lost hours searching for it… only to rally and finish in the top 10 or 15, or something like that.) was hanging in there with the likes of ironman Greg Hill. As a true amateur and regular kind of guy (he’s a carpenter or builder or something like that), Faust’s achievement, in my opinion, is all the more impressive — in a way, he’s like folks we all know in these kinds of towns, Aspen, CB or whatever, who put their day jobs aside for the weekend only to compete/perform/whatever at a world-class caliber level. Awesome.


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2 Responses to “24 Hours of Sunlight – News Coverage”

  1. Lou February 14th, 2006 9:26 am

    The problem is that rando racing has a limit on how light and how short a ski can be. I would hope they’d keep adjusting that to allow for progression in equipment development. I’d guess we’ll be seeing more carbon fiber used. I don’t think there will be a weight rule in the 24 Hours event, but I can guess they might have a length rule by next year, otherwise the participant starts using gear that’s just too weird. One participant in this past Sunlight showed up with kids skis mounted with running shoes. His setup didn’t work that well, but at least he honored the concept of skiing the race, instead of running (he’s one of the best mountain runners in Colorado).

  2. Pierce February 14th, 2006 4:29 am

    Nice coverage! I can’t begin to imagine nailing that kind of vert. BTW, noticed the Goode’s in the picture. I was wondering when we were going to see these carbon fiber skis in rando racing. Is there anything lighter out there? I had a pair of C95’s, but broke one doing normal b/c skiing. Otherwise, I loved the light weight. I have a new pair coming to me, so we’ll see if these hold up.

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