“There are old guides and there are bold guides, but there are no old bold guides,” Theo Meiners, another legendary guide in Alaska, used to quip.
Most of my readers are track skiers and we don’t have to worry about avalanches. I remember the news in 2003 about the seven backcountry skiers who were killed in the Durrand Glacier avalanche. A book has now been written by Ken Wylie, the assistant guide on that fateful trip, and an article in the National Post gives a preview How a massive avalanche changed backcountry culture and shattered one guide’s life.
One of those killed in the avalanche was Jean-Luc Schwendener, the chef at Mt Engadine Lodge. I had met him in 1999 while staying at the lodge.
Some of my readers do venture out into the backcountry, and I have a “Backcountry Trip reports” page for those who wish to share their experiences. I am always thrilled to read about Chuck’s epic adventures. Alf, Steve, Chip and others usually have a few interesting trips and gorgeous photos to share every winter. I hope everyone continues to play it safe in the backcountry.