What: Chris Davenport multimedia presentation
When: Thursday at 8 p.m.
Where: Neptune Mountaineering
More info: neptunemountaineering.com/events.aspx
C hris Davenport decided to take the ultimate road trip when he hopped into an RV to ski 15 volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest in 14 days. The Aspen native, who skied all 54 of Colorado's fourteeners in one year, will talk about his Ring of Fire road trip at Neptune on Thursday evening.
Where did the idea to take a volcano-skiing road trip come from?
I had spent the spring before in the Himalayas on Mount Everest and it was awesome, but it was a long time to be away from my family. For the coming spring I wanted to go back to Himalayas, but it felt like for my family I should not leave again for so long.
I was trying to think of something to do in the United States that I could share with some of my teammates and fellow skiers and photographers. I had this idea in my head of doing a road trip like this since I skied the Colorado fourteeners, because during that time in spring of 2006 I rented an RV for a month and just hit the road. We lived out of this RV ... and that month we skied 22 fourteeners. That part of the fourteeners project stuck with me as one of the most fun and free-spirited moments of my life. I wanted to replicate that and the natural choice was do this thing in the Pacific Northwest and ski all these volcanoes
Which volcanoes stood out as the best of the trip?
Mount Jefferson, which is in Oregon. It's a peak I didn't know that much about. I'd seen it in the distance from Mount Hood years ago. I didn't realize how great it would be. The west face is incredibly big, incredibly long and steep and there's some difficult and challenging climbing right at the summit. We skied literally 5,000 vertical feet of perfect snow. It was the best ski descent of the 15, in terms of the pure aesthetic value.
Also Mount Rainier. Mount Rainier is one of the biggest mountains in the lower 48 states, it's a 14,000-foot peak but it's also big in elevation and covered in glaciers and has objective hazards. It's over 9,000 vertical feet. It's a huge ascent.
And the weather held up for all 14 days of skiing?
We were really, really lucky with the weather. We finished on Mount Baker (the last day) and we drove to Seattle. It was pouring rain the next morning. We were really happy with what we had accomplished, and it rained for the next week so it was fortuitous. It was amazing that Mother Nature let us accomplish what we had come to accomplish.
You've got three sons: Stian, Topher and Archer. How do you find time to hang with them?
In the winter, this is my go-time, this is where I make my living. We don't get a lot of time to hang out. Between December and June I'm gone probably 75 percent of the time, but that's me keeping the gas pedal down and doing what I love and doing what I do as a business. That's what the family has grown up with and they get it.
How do you get into ski-season shape?
Skiing is very dynamic sport. It's a lot of balance and power and agility and stability -- all that kind of stuff. While I love the aerobic side of summer -- biking and running and stuff -- for skiing, it's a minute or two where you want to be strong. I do plyometric exercises, core strength with abs, back and chest and lots of agility drills.
What's on the schedule for next spring?
In terms of spring mountaineering projects, I do have a big project in the works and it is totally secret at the moment. I can't really talk about it but I'm going to be doing something that hasn't been done before. We are planning a big thing. It's in North America.
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