Dawson Interview at FourteenerWorld.com

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | February 15, 2006      

I’ve been working on an article about myself with FourteenerWorld.com publisher Steve Hoffmeyer, which he published this morning. It’s been an interesting project, as instead of asking me questions and then writing them up, Steve just sent me a list of questions and I wrote my answers. I think Steve did a nice job, but I missed seeing my answers filtered by the interviewer’s point of view as happens with the verbal style. It’s easy to come across as too much bragging when you’re trying to share things you’ve done, but I tried to keep it all in perspective. (2014, unfortunately the link to this article went gone.)


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5 Responses to “Dawson Interview at FourteenerWorld.com”

  1. Jerry Shustrin February 15th, 2006 9:41 pm


    It was a very insightful interview and you came across as a very down to earth person. I know Steve well and his main objective would be to try and get you to talk about your accomplishments. His questions were very solid and ‘probing’.

    Sometimes there’s a tendency to focus on ‘lists’ (through the questions) and you also shared about your inner self and the perspectives you’ve gained over the years. This comes with experience, trial and error, mistakes and successes.

    We were both born in the same year and back ‘then’, there were no forums, no lists, no places to talk about climbs let alone finding out current beta. The high peaks had virtually no one on them and there were no other guide books other than ‘Ormes’. The trails were not rutted and the cairns were few and far between. The people we climbed with were all committed to real adventure (sometimes in just finding the route) and many times, we found more than that!

    All in all a ‘good read’.


  2. Pat Essig February 16th, 2006 5:16 am

    Lou you have a lot to be proud of both personally and professionally and your humility about all of it is what makes it all seem even more amazing. I almost didn’t belive it was you in the picture at Denali with that shaggy head of hair.

  3. Steve Mills February 16th, 2006 8:33 am

    A very inspirational interview. Your humility comes through and gives guidance. I’m a year older than you and also look forward to many years of finding the joy in backcountry skiing/mountaineering.

  4. Sean February 16th, 2006 9:28 am

    Nice interview.

    I respect your perspective on life – it’s not all about climbing, skiing, moutaineering, etc. – there’s tremendous joy in everyday life, God, family, work – it all fits in to a balanced existence. You’re a role a model for many and you carry it well.

    I also love the ability of the Dawson family to “flow with the river”. By that I mean you ski when the conditions are right and safe, climb when it fits and feels good, backpack with the right gear for the season, 4X4 when it’s right, hunt in season, mountain bike when the timing’s right. It’s a full Colorado lifestyle going with the flow utilizing the seasons and the conditions. To have the versatility to be able to take advantage of all seasons and conditions….that is true mastery and something that deserves even more respect than all the (gasp) 14er accomplishments.

  5. Mark February 16th, 2006 10:31 pm

    I was initially confused about the intro, but immediately realized it was Aron Ralston speaking. Overall, the interview covers a lot. You sound humble but are still willing to discuss your many accomplishments too. The photos are great. Glad you decided to start carrying a camera along the way. Isn’t it enjoyable sharing the mountains with others even if only by photograph?


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