WildSnow Weekend — Ute 40th — Trak Bushwacker?

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | April 16, 2017      
Left to right, Jim Ward, Lou, Bob Wade at Ute Mountaineer 40th anniversary party.

Left to right, Jim Ward, Lou, Bob Wade at Ute Mountaineer 40th anniversary party. Lots of history in this photo. Along with his lengthy career as an all around outdoorsman, Jim was one of my instructors at the “Ashcrofters” mountaineering camp during the summer of 1966. Coolest camp ever, back in the halcyon days of outdoor education. The skis we’re holding?

Well, “Big Jim” worked for years as a founder of the 10th Mountain Hut system, as well as doing the first big “cross land” ski traverses such as slogging from Denver to Aspen. He loved covering ground, and swears to this day that the best ski for that is the Trak Bushwacker, a fat short “sliding snowshoe” with fishscale base. “I even used the Bushwackers for a few days of skiing with the snowcat powder tours,” he says, “They’re great!” I think Jim was hinting that the Wades should start selling them again since his favorite pair had a chainsaw cut halfway through the tip and he needed some new ones. “Clearly, that damage happened during a Forest Service approved trail cut,” I asked? Absolutely.

Whoops, almost forgot, yes those are Norrona reindeer covered nordic touring boots, footwear of choice for long distance ski sloggers of the 1970s.

This past Friday, Ute Mountaineer mountain shop in Aspen celebrated their 40th anniversary. The party was huge — filled up their retail space in Aspen with three generations of climbers, skiers and assorted other active folk. Owner Bob Wade came to Aspen around 1975 and immediately began working on opening a shop, really Aspen’s first true mountain shop. Over the years, “The Ute” with Bob at the helm remained heavily involved in local human-powered sports. They implemented and sponsored the first “uphill” ski races on the ski mountains, and worked with trail advocates to create the amazing trail system we now have in the upper part of our valley. Recently, now that Bob has passed off much of the day-to-day to his daughter, he’s been involved in wonderful projects such as creating Aspen’s community climbing area at a rock outcrop called Gold Butte, as well as working with various non-profits. Congratulations Bob, and thanks for all (even if your carabiners were too expensive)!


Please Enjoy A Few Suggested WildSnow Posts


4 Responses to “WildSnow Weekend — Ute 40th — Trak Bushwacker?”

  1. Patrick April 16th, 2017 10:26 am

    Instantly recognised the Trak orange.
    Back in the day (1977), I bought a lightly-used pair at Fred’s mountain gear shop, Driggs ID. Came with bear trap bindings, which fit my work boots just fine. I’d skied forever, so I could downhill with em. Made my first tentative tele turns on side-country slopes at Targhee ski area. Skied Teton Pass with them (before parking problems were invented). Apres ski, the Traks were cool, just leaning outside the Stagecoach bar in Wilson.
    The fish-scales sang going downhill on packed trails. Maybe coulda climbed a tree with the traction they had.

  2. Bryan Wickenhauser April 17th, 2017 4:30 pm

    Congratulations Bob Wade!

  3. Allan April 19th, 2017 8:48 pm

    Tell Jim I’ll give him a pair of my Karhu Catamounts if he’d like, he just needs to cover shipping. It’s the same profile as the Bushwacker with a slightly different base; Karhu Kinetic base and Trak Omnitrak base and added metal edges. I still have two pair of these kicking around as loaners for visitors but they haven’t seen use for a few years.

  4. Greg November 29th, 2017 8:41 pm

    I have a pair of those bushwackers with 3 pin bindings and a set of cable bindings I am looking to sell if interested email me

Anti-Spam Quiz:

While you can subscribe to comment notification by checking the box above, you must leave a brief comment to do so, which records your email and requires you to use our anti-spam challange. If you don't like leaving substantive comments that's fine, just leave a simple comment that says something like "thanks, subscribed" with a made-up name. Check the comment subscription checkbox BEFORE you submit. NOTE: BY SUBSCRIBING TO COMMENTS YOU GIVE US PERMISSION TO STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS INDEFINITLY. YOU MAY REQUEST REMOVAL AND WE WILL REMOVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITHIN 72 HOURS. To request removal of personal information, please contact us using the comment link in our site menu.
If you need an emoticon for a comment just copy/paste off the following list, or use text code you might be familiar with.

:D    :-)    :(    :lol:    :x    :P    :oops:    :cry:    :evil:    :twisted:    :roll:    :wink:    :!:    :?:    :idea:    :arrow:   
Due to comment spam we moderate most comments. Please do not submit your comment twice -- it will appear shortly after approval. Comments with one or more links in the text may be held in moderation, for spam prevention. If you'd like to publish a photo in a comment, contact us. Guidelines: Be civil, no personal attacks, avoid vulgarity and profanity.

  Your Comments

  Recent Posts

Facebook Twitter Email Instagram Youtube

WildSnow Twitter Feed


  • 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 WildSnow.com 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