Skiing with The Alpinist

| March 8, 2009

Christian Beckwith, the former Editor and co-owner of Alpinist Magazine came down from Jackson Hole this weekend for his first ever Wasatch backcountry tour.  We had never skied together and I had always thought he was more a climber than a skier, but after an 8,000′ day of touring, there’s no doubt.  CB is a skiing machine.


The Wasatch has been kind of so-so lately, but we were able to find plenty of untracked windjack, as well as some nice settled powder.  As an added bonus, CB is even more of a New Yorker Magazine fan than I am, so there was plenty to discuss on the skin track.

In a humorous moment, we managed to find the one place in the Wasatch where it was puking wind-drifted snow and forged a semi-technical climb out of it, complete with chopping steps, Whippet plunges and sketchy moves. You can take the Alpinist out of the magazine, but not the environment.

Backcountry Magazine has taken over Alpinist, so the magazine will not only live on, perhaps with a ski mountaineering slant to it.  It should be good.

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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. projekt 212 says:

    Yeah, I’m a big fan of the New Yorker too!

    With a second hand subscription, I find it serves a wonderful complement to tent-time with classic mountaineering lit (much lighter than the archival quality Alpinist :).

    I also enjoy cutting out their cartoons, and fiction. To send to friends.

  2. Lou Dawson says:

    Andrew, it must be weird to not even get past your warmup vert during a day of skiing. Isn’t that tough on the heart (g)?

  3. d3 says:

    Have you read the Bill Cunningham article in the latest New Yorker, the Style issue? Talk about Magyver! No, this comment nor Bill has anything to do with skiing.

  4. Andrew says:

    No, but I will now. How’s the moon faced kid of yours?

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