Skiing the Centennial Peaks
Skiing Colorado's Centennial Peaks
Ski mountaineers Chris Davenport and Ted and Christy Mahon are currently on a mission to ski the 100 highest peaks in the state of Colorado. So far this season, Davenport has skied more than 26 of them. Here he is on the approach to Jones Peak.
The group heading into the light on Jones Peak. Davenport has previously climbed and skied the 54 peaks over 14,000 feet in Colorado. "When I got done with the 14ers it felt nice to wrap up, but it didn't take long to be like, 'OK, what's next?'" he says.
Nearing the Top
Davenport, who says he always likes to give himself a spring mountaineering project, seen on the summit ridge of Jones Peak.
Davenport pauses for a moment looking up at ski partner Ted Mahon. Davenport and the Mahons have skied countless peaks together in the past. "There's a lot to be said for having partners that you know and trust," Davenport says.
One out of 100
Davenport rappels off the airy summit of Teakettle Mountain.
Dealing With It
Davenport negotiating less-than-perfect conditions down the south-facing couloir on Teakettle Mountain.
Between a Rock and Hard Place
Davenport in the tightest choke of the day on Teakettle Mountain. Davenport says part of the goal of this project is to get more people out and to create more route information for the ski mountaineering community.
Long Road Ahead
Davenport skiing a bonus line after a day on Vermillion Peak. He hopes to ski at least 30 of the 100 peaks by the time the snow melts in Colorado this summer.