Are you following the Ring of Fire tour that Aspen/Snowmass’ Chris Davenport and his ski mountaineering team are undertaking? You know Chris Davenport…the big mountain skier from Snowmass and father of three who in 2006-07 climbed and skied all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, in a single year?
Well this month, when most skiers and riders have turned in their snow gear for any number of warm-weather two-footed means of propulsion, Davenport traded in his gear for this.
Adoringly referred to as the Spyder Land Yacht, Davenport and his team are in it cruising the Pacific Northwest currently on the Ring of Fire tour, the next chapter in his adventure chronicles. The Ring of Fire tour mission is to ski 14 volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest.
The odds are in his favor for several reasons, one, he’s done a similar adventure before, to some degree. Two, snow conditions in that part of the county are better than the rest of the ski states right now, and three, the terrain, while challenging, is technically different than the 14ers.
The team started on May 4 and if all goes according to schedule, they’ll wrap up on May 21. To date, with the help of sponsors Whole Foods, Spyder, and Smith, they’ve accomplished Lassen Peak, CA, Mt. Shasta, CA, Mt. McLoughlin, OR, Mt. Thielson, OR, Mt. Bachelor, OR, Three Sisters, OR, Mt. Washington, OR, Mt. Jefferson, OR, and Mt. Hood, OR.
Keep up with the Ring of Fire tour on Twitter using hashtag #VolcanoTour, by following @SteepSkiing, @JessMcMillian, @DRahlves and the Ring of Fire Tour blog.