Backcountry Blogiversary — One Year Down!

Post by blogger | December 22, 2005      

Yesterday was the first day of winter — and the one year anniversary of this backcountry skiing blog! You can view blog number one here.

The last 12 months of blogging have been an amazing experience. Someone asked me back when I started: “how can you come up with something to write about nearly every day — something people will actually find interesting?” All I can say is that the ease of finding subject matter has given me renewed faith in to how rich our sport is, and how wonderful mountain culture is in general. Among dozens of subjects, we’ve enjoyed covering hilarious old movies, powerful family mountaineering experiences, tons of gear tweaks and reviews, op-ed about the backcountry skiing industry, and so much more.

It’s incredible how the web allows anyone to become a publisher. Learn a bit about how things work, buy a domain name, set up web hosting, and off you go. As for things being “interesting,” we do our best and you all appear to be enjoying it — and when we fall short of the lofty “interesting-every-day” goal, here is an honest “sorry ’bout that.”

As to anyone becoming a publisher — a big issue with all this (the “blogsphere”), is how does one find authenticity with a bunch of publishers out there — especially if the reader doesn’t know the subject well? To that end, we’re doing everything we can here to present a personal viewpoint that has an honest feel. We do so by avoiding anonymity, sharing personal experience, by meeting many blog readers in person, and by my being a published author and well known individual in the backcountry skiing community who takes his reputation seriously and is accountable for what he does and says. Thus, I’ll continue to avoid personal attacks, rumor mongering and negativity — while still offering critical opinion about the backcountry skiing and outdoor recreation world.

That said, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for putting up with my sometimes lax editing and occasional rant. Self publishing is rewarding, but without a team of editors you never know what is going to slip over the sometimes low fence of your self discipline — so my apologies for anything that goes over the top.

And whoops, I almost forgot to thank all the folks who’ve supported my blogging over the past year: Our main advertisers Rando Gear, Black Diamond and Colorado Mountain College, my wife Lisa and son Louie, as well as friends Michael Kennedy, Penn Newhard, Craig Dostie, David Rothman, Carl Pelletier, Mark Worley, Tory Jackson, Mike Marolt, Peter Kelley, Bob Perlmutter, Dougald MacDonald, Tim Kelley, John Schweizer, Terry Ackerman — and many many others.

I get quite a few emails from blog readers, and answer nearly every one. Many suggest topics to cover, and I do so when the spirit moves. Others make excellent comments, which we publish when appropriate. Keep the comments coming!

So thanks everyone for making this a success. Happy holidays, merry Christmas — and as Adam Sandler (sort of) sings: happy happy happy happy Hanukkah!

Backcountry skiing on Marble Peak, Colorado
Louie Dawson, yesterday, Marble Peak, Colorado


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21 Responses to “Backcountry Blogiversary — One Year Down!”

  1. Penn December 22nd, 2005 9:32 pm

    Lou Dawg,

    Wishing you, Lisa and Louie a Merry Christmas. Let’s go ski Marble soon!


  2. Pat Essig December 22nd, 2005 9:36 pm

    Keep up the fantastic work. Whether we realize it or not all of us backcountry enthusiasts here in CO are indebted to you and that is what we should be truly thankful for this Christmas.

  3. brettf December 22nd, 2005 10:16 pm


    Thanks for an interesting read *almost* every day! I tune in whenever I’m at the office or in front of a computer, just to see what you have on your blog-mind. Great reading.

    Happy holidays,

  4. ray bem December 22nd, 2005 10:43 pm

    thanks for the inspiration and this blog! congrats again on the hall of fame, and i hope you and your family/friends have a great holiday.


  5. ziff December 22nd, 2005 11:27 pm

    keep up the great work, Lou and family! Love the site for the amazing info and great reads. keep those rants coming!


  6. Mike J December 22nd, 2005 11:29 pm

    As aspiring backcountry skiers living in Crested Butte for about 1.5 years now, my wife and I glean all kinds of helpful and interesting information from your blog and the rest of your website. I check out your blog just about every day first thing when I get to the office (even in the summer). Thanks a bunch!

  7. Lisa Dawson December 23rd, 2005 12:00 am

    Nice picture of Louie!

  8. Terry Ackerman December 23rd, 2005 12:09 am

    Thanks being such a great and valuable resource. The blog, along with direct correspondences, and the Couloir Forum have gone a long way to help me get ‘back into the mode’ after a bit of a ‘hiatus’. The finer points, insights and time consuming details make a big difference.

    Many thanks and best wishes for the next and subsequent years!


  9. Dmitriy Yegoshin December 23rd, 2005 12:10 am

    Hey Lou,

    I love reading your blog, I feel that I learn something new from it almost every day (not something I could say about my college classes unfortunatly).

    Thank you for all the technical sections you have shared with us, those are extremely valuable and can’t be discovered without days and days out in the backcountry.

    Keep on bloging and have wonderfull holidays.
    -Dmitriy Yegoshin

  10. Alan Bristol December 23rd, 2005 12:34 am

    Happy “Blogiversary”!

    Thanks for providing this resource, I raise my glass of ale to you.


  11. David B December 23rd, 2005 1:29 am

    I’m a recent convert, but love it.
    Lou and family and all those who contribute -thanks a million for all the help that you provide.
    Have a great holiday and more importantly. from a scot, happy hogmany.

  12. Lew Privon December 23rd, 2005 1:43 am

    Hi Lou (even though you spell your name incorrectly!):

    I read your Blog every day. I have moved from Salt Lake to Washington D.C. in the past year. Reading your blog gives me an opportunity to stay connected to the sport I love while I am back east. Keep up the great work.

    Merry Xmas,
    Lew Privon

  13. Brett Atkinson December 23rd, 2005 2:10 am


    After a long lull, I too am returning to the snow and delightfully absorbing all of the magic that comes with it. The blog and links are enjoyable and often loaded with a wealth of information. While perusing, I often feel like the wide-eyed kid of 40 years past when I first ‘cabled’ myself to skis. Blog away!

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

  14. Thomas Arnezeder December 23rd, 2005 2:20 am


    Thank you for creating such a dedicated community of BC lovers on your website. I’m getting more into Teleskiing lately myself and therefore value your gear-reviews, avalanche information and all your other stories. I especially like how you involve your son into all the BC stuff. I wish I can do that myself one day.

    I was reading a bit about Avalanche ABS lately (Avalanche Airbag System). What’s your opinion on that? Do you think it will/could replace a beacon?

    Thanks and keep on your great blog!

    Thomas Arnezeder
    Colorado Springs, CO

  15. JP @ December 23rd, 2005 3:47 am

    Hello Lou,
    I read your blog weekly and love some of your views on backcountry topics. Thanks for the great links, article write ups and trip reports. In a way your site has inspired me to blog my own backcountry adventures and trip reports for the last couple of years now. I am a backcountry snowboarder, and it seems there is a large disconnect between this group and backcountry safety. I can only hope more people will become Backcountry/Avalanche savy and stay safe.


  16. Mark Caldwell December 23rd, 2005 3:53 am


    It’s kind of funny, but I like to read about mountaineering and backcountry skiing even though I don’t get “outside the ropes” that much. This is good stuff, I’m going to get my randonee set up one of these days but in the mean time, I just like to know that you and your crew are out there living the good life, skiing awesome lines and powder fields.

    Please keep up the good work. I appreciate it.


  17. Newman December 23rd, 2005 3:54 am

    Thanks for the past year’s worth of knowledge. Thanks for the link … sometimes I feel the need to comment.

  18. David (DG) George December 23rd, 2005 6:36 am


    I enjoy your site every day…just after I hit the avy forcast center. The family tie-in is wonderful. It reminds me of how lucky I am as well. Keep it up and I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and New Year.


  19. Tippie December 23rd, 2005 7:54 am

    Great blog Lou. Thank you for publishing it! I’m picking up and moving the fam to Crested Butte next month. Hope to put some of what i’ve read into practice. See you out there!

    Oh ya, keep the comments on man!

  20. Beau L. December 23rd, 2005 8:20 pm

    Thanks for all of the info. Keep it coming, your insite (and website) is a valuble resource and inspiration for family activities outside.

  21. Drew Larson December 23rd, 2005 8:36 pm

    Again, thank you for all of the wonderful information and advice you provide. Looks like I’m not the only one who has the daily office routine of checking your site. I can’t imagine my morning without coffee and! Have a great holiday season.
    Drew & Noelle Larson

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