Colorado 10th Mountain Trails — Book Information from Author Louis (Lou) Dawson

10th Mountain Hut & Trail System
Official Guide – 3 editions
By Louis W. Dawson II

This OUT OF PRINT backcountry skiing book been replaced by an online guide: Free 10th Mountain Huts Online Guidebook

The original published book ended up in several editions, all included:

— Descriptions of ski and snowshoe routes to the huts, including scenic alternate routes.
— Directions for parking and trailheads.
— Equipment and clothing checklists.
— Weather forecasting and navigation.
— Safety tips.
— Detailed reference maps.
— Directory of key phone numbers.
— Bibliography.

While this book could be a pleasing collector’s item, it is out of date and not recommended for field use. Signed copies may be available from the author, please contact using “Contact” link in menus on these pages, or use Facebook.

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.

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