Historic Backcountry Style

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | March 29, 2006      

Thought all you blog readers might enjoy a blast from the past. Poster seen at Life-Link in Jackson. Ten years ago, Doug Coombs, one-piece suit, dayglow. Amazing how things change in 10 years. Nice Life-Link poles and pack. If Doug skied this well on those skinny K2 Extreme planks, he must really rip on today’s gear. I’ve heard he does. Would love to get my hands on a signed poster like this… (edited by Lou, 04-03-06, RIP Doug).

Shrine Mountain Inn Backcountry Skiing



3 Responses to “Historic Backcountry Style”

  1. Mark Worley March 30th, 2006 5:56 am

    Looks like the poles are a Life-Link fixed-length (Alpine Extreme??) that was sold until circa 1994, so I’m betting the photo for the poster is pre-1996. The skis look like K2 Extremes. Waaaaay back in the ’80s, when the dayglo was even brighter than the above, there was a pair of early Technica TNTs for sale at Second Wind Sports in Bozeman with Doug Coombs written on them. I think that was around the time he won one of the first, if not THE first, extreme comps in Valdez. Doug did a lot of first descents around the mountains of Montana. Many of these descents are chronicled in Turiano’s Select Peaks book which is required reading for ski mountaineering history geeks.

  2. Mark Worley March 30th, 2006 6:24 am

    Doug was in Life-Link calendars using the AEC (carbon) poles as early as 1994 or 1995. I just might have one of those old calendars in a box somewhere…

  3. Mark Worley March 30th, 2006 12:48 pm

    I meant Life-Link catalogs, not calendars as previously stated.


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