Vintage Fourteener Backcountry Skiing


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | October 11, 2006      

Hey blog readers, I thought you guys might be amused by a small flash to the past. This is a shot of myself (left) and frequent ‘teener partner Bob Perlmutter on top of 14,034 foot Redcloud Peak in the Colorado San Juan mountains, 1988! Just think, you’ll look just as goofy in 20 years (grin)! I’m using Ramer Vaude Comfort bindings, yes, they were named the same as today’s eponymous Dynafit model. Bob is on Petzl bindings. I showed the photo to Chris Davenport, who tells me the white shades are “due for a comeback,” who’s first?

Redcloud Peak summit backcountry skiers.
Redcloud summit, we skied down the west side then climbed back up to the summit of Sunshine and skied it as well. It was a good trip for Bob and I, as the next day we were able to ski the Wetterhorn east face as well, which is visible in the left background of the photo.


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5 Responses to “Vintage Fourteener Backcountry Skiing”

  1. Carl P October 11th, 2006 9:46 am

    Lou – those are some seriously sweet shades…maybe you can propose to Black Diamond: The Bolle Cateye Avalung…those frames are so huge it wouldn’t be hard to add such a feature and take away from the quality or size of the frames….or….maybe the breathing devise could be in the attached Croakie.

  2. Carl P October 11th, 2006 10:07 am

    I think that Bob was wearing those same shades in photos as he’s coming down Grizzly Peak and Savage Peak in your guidebook. Those glasses have seen some wear. Savage Peak is an interesting looking one that I do want to come back and ski….I went up there with my friend Justin and we finally found the entrance to the couloir around 1pm on a warm spring day…we decided to bag it as it was getting direct sun and the exit from the bottom of the couloir was a bit sketchy. So we packed it up and had to endure the awful bushwack ski down to the vehicle.

  3. Mike Marolt October 11th, 2006 9:24 am

    What are you kidding; Perl still looks that goofy. (Just kidding Bob. Actually, Perl is the man that refuses to age so its a compliment). But the Vuarnets are coming back; they have a new model called The Legend and it is what makes me look as goofy as ever these days.

    M

  4. Joe S October 11th, 2006 9:47 am

    wasnt that pic in one of your 14er guidebooks?

  5. Lou October 11th, 2006 9:55 am

    Joe, yeah, it’s in Volume 2 of the Fourteener guides. I had a nice print of it laying around so had fun throwing it on the scanner. Good memories.

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