Fritz Sperry's new volume of the Front Range books

Nov 25 2016

Denver Post “Mining to skiing: a Park County plan to stir economic…” by Jason Blevins 11/24/2016

Published by under Media

Thank you for the kind words Jason and the quotes.

I really like the idea of cleaning the environment by enjoying the environment. We benefit so much from mining access but at what cost? The mines need to be cleaned up for our future generations and the mountains should be share, protected and enjoyed for us and our future generations. Stoked to be involved and excited to see where the project goes. The vision is a bright one. To the success of the Mosquito Pass Experience.

http://www.denverpost.com/2016/11/24/park-county-economic-opportunity-plan/

No responses yet

Nov 25 2016

CLIMBTALK – Fritz Sperry – 11/11/2016 – KVCU Radio1190 AM/FM

Published by under Media

Went down to Boulder a few weeks ago and did Mike Brook’s radio show ClimbTalk on the CU Campus.

I can always chat about skiing. Thanks for having me and I look forward to next time.

No responses yet

Nov 13 2016

Scarpa Maestrale RS 2.0 Review – Summit Daily News

Published by under Gear,Published Writing,Reviews

I have a lot of issues with my feet. I use Active Foot Orthotics thank you Dr. Chanin so the review isn’t for a stock version of the boots. With my metatarsalgia and neuroma I don’t have a choice. The Active Foot liners make the pain disappear. That being said the rest of the boot is stock minus the shoelaces for the liners which I don’t use.

Here’s a snippet of the review:

I finally got around to mounting the updated Maestrale RS from Scarpa at the end of winter — and I wish I’d done it sooner.

I had been skiing the first version of the Maestrale RS for the last two-and-a-half years and they served me very well. The new version, redesigned in 2014, has many improvements and skis even better than its first incarnation. This boot is for the expert skier that wants to get uphill and ski, with the main focus being the quality of the skiing. They’re heavier than most alpine-touring boots, but then again, I’ve never gotten the ultra-lightweight touring fad. If I wanted to go running, I’d go running. When I want to ski, I want to ski — and you need solid boots to do it right.

After about four days I figured out the balance points and was solid on my new setup again. The boots ski like stiff alpine boots, though not as stiff as race boots. With the variability of backcountry snow — the type of terrain these boots are made for — I’m fine with a little forgiveness…

Click the link below for the

High Gear: Scarpa Maestrale alpine touring ski boot review

img_0059

No responses yet

Nov 13 2016

Rab Muztag E-Vent Jacket Review Summit Daily News

Published by under Gear,Published Writing,Reviews

Another recent review. This is my go to jacket for backpacking. The weight is low and the E-Vent fabric keeps me dry and warm on all the windy days.

Here’s a snippet of the review:

At the end of this past winter season I got my hands on the Rab Muztag jacket, and from spring to summer, it went with me everywhere. It’s still in my daypack for hiking adventures this fall and I’m looking forward to bringing this lightweight piece with me in the winter for those windy, sunny days in the backcountry.

At just under 12 ounces, it’s the perfect fit for the pack and a key element of the layering puzzle. With the amount of wind we see in our zone, having a windproof shell with you in the field is a requisite for comfort and success — not to mention for keeping you out of the hypothermia zone…

Click the link for the rest of the article:

Rab Muztag jacket keeps the wind off your back

No responses yet

Nov 13 2016

BCA Link Radio Review for Summit Daily

Published by under Gear,Published Writing,Reviews

Stumbled across this article this morning. Somehow it slid though the cracks and I didn’t share it.

One thing I’d like to add to this article is the recent research that was published at ISSW this year.

ISSW2016 WHITE PAPER: UTILIZING COMMON RADIO CHANNELS IN HIGH-USE AVALANCHE TERRAIN

BCA was a sponsor of the study. It brings up an interesting concept that ski area backcountry, off piste and high use area users should consider. If the shit does hit the fan in these zones it would be awesome to be able to communicate with other groups effectively; not just from a rescue assistance perspective but on a start-zone/hangfire avoidance level too.

I’ve been using the BCA Link Radio, a backcountry radio system from BCA, for about two years and have to say they sure help “giterdun.” They are durable, easy to recharge, waterproof and stay powered for days, even in the cold. They also offer some cool features that you might not get in a typical handheld unit. When getting the job done calls for communicating with your team, having a reliable radio at your fingertips sure helps. It beats fumbling around for gear in your backpack or a jacket pocket.

BORN IN THE FIELD

The BCA system is made for the field and integrates pretty seamlessly with any pack. First, charge the unit with the USB charger (same size as a typical Android smartphone charger). This is great, in that you can charge it with your car’s 12-volt or a wall charger; I like to use my Goal Zero solar panel…

The rest of the article is at the link below

High Gear: BCA Link radio system review

highgear-sdn-091516-1-1-620x393 fbs_0824 highgear-sdn-091516-1-620x390fbs_1105

No responses yet

Nov 05 2016

Shades of Winter – Between – Ski Film Review

Published by under Reviews,Videos

The other day I went to the US premiere of Shades of Winter’s new film Between. presented by Spyder Active Wear and Allied Feather & Down. Here are my thoughts…

—————————————————————-

Skiing fills your dreams. I’ve known this for a long time. The more you do it the more you want to do it and it begins to border on obsession. You start thinking about objectives and begin to long for that adventure of getting those objectives done. Shades of Winter – Between embodies these sentiments and does it from the perspective of some of the best women skiers in the world while combining beautifully shot footage.

My personal hitlist is extensive, and almost all the zones featured in the movie are on it; from Mauna Kea to Haines to the Matterhorn and New Zealand’s Southern Alps and even Sweden. It was really cool from my perspective to see these talented women go after some of my own goals. Inspiration comes from many sources in life. The lineup is nothing short of just that; truly inspiring. The movie follows Sandra Lahnsteiner as she goes after her personal hitlist. Along the way she hooks up with Olympic Champion Julia Mancuso, big-mountain freeride champions Matilda Rapaport, Nadine Wallner and Janina Kuzma as well as upcoming freeskier Evelina Nilsson and WSL World Champion surfer Carissa Moore. Between them they flow through water in both its states; frozen and liquid. It looks like they all had a blast.

The bonds of the mountains bring people together in ways I haven’t experienced anywhere else in my life. Since the movie features exclusively women one might call this bond sisterhood, I know nothing of this but I do know friendships that are so deeply rooted because they were born in the mountains or forged in adventure. The movie really chronicles those bonds along with deep pow, sweet spines, big airs and beautiful light.

Not all of our endeavors in the mountains succeed. I really appreciate that these women include some of their decision making into the movie. It shows humility and the painful reality of striving for your objectives and the need to always be listening to whether the mountains will allow you to pass. They say if you want to reduce your avalanche risk bring a woman with you into the backcountry. These women show this to be true. However throughout the movie we are reminded that even given the best choices, intentions and experience, the mountains can be truly unforgiving.

I really enjoyed this film and look forward to their next release. I’m inspired by the grace these women bring to the mountains. Strength is beauty and it was awesome seeing that strength on display in such a beautiful production. I feel inspired, now if Colorado could just get some snow…#inspirelikematilda

 

unnamed

No responses yet

Sep 09 2016

Summit Daily Column #4: Learn to read Mother Nature’s many faces in the High Country 9/9/2016

The most recent column came out in the paper today. Here’s a snippet and you can follow the link to the rest of it.
Summit Daily Column #4 Autumn

 

The nights are getting cooler and the first snows have fallen. There is a change in the air — the county smells differently than just a few weeks ago. We’re still getting some warm days as of late, but with the arrival of the new season’s gear guides the stoke level is ramping up. What will winter bring this year? Hopefully powder bliss is just around the corner.

Fall is hard for me to truly enjoy. It’s the most aesthetic of our seasons: the flittering aspen’s golden shimmer offers a stark contrast to the greens of Engelmanns and lodgepoles and the reds of alpine soil rich in iron oxide. But, coat the mountains with a frosting of early season snow and it’s hard not to long for what’s to come. Some say fall is the end of the cycle of life that summer sustains. I feel it’s the beginning of what sustains me: a re-emergence of the snowy life. Hopefully it comes sooner than later…

No responses yet

Aug 21 2016

Summit Daily News – High Gear: ‘A quiver of one’ with the Big Agnes String Ridge 2 tent – 9/18/2016

Published by under Gear,Published Writing,Reviews

Another fun gear review for the Summit Daily News.

This tent is a quiver of one.

I’ve been using the Big Agnes String Ridge 2 tent now for three years and it has stood up to the test. I believe the Steamboat Springs manufacturer categorizes it as a three-and-a-half season tent — the Shield 2 is their four-season, single-walled mountaineering model — but that half season involved a lot of winter camping for me. However, the venting is great, and that makes it perfect for those trips to Fruita for biking. I use this tent year-round, no matter what corner of Colorado I’m in….

Here’s the link for the whole review

No responses yet

Aug 18 2016

High Gear: Lowe Alpine Diran 65 mountaineering pack review

Published by under Gear,Published Writing,Reviews

The first of many gear reviews for Summit Daily News

Here’s the link to the full reviewIMG_9910

No responses yet

Older Entries »