In a feat comparable to 28 round trips from Everest Base Camp to the summit, Chris Davenport has skied the 100 highest mountains in Colorado. The punishing mission demanded hiking, climbing, and skiing some 350,000 vertical feet. The Spyder athlete conceived of the ‘Centennial’ project while travelling with friend and fellow pro skier Ted Mahon. “We were fit and strong, and we wanted to push the bar higher,” says Davenport. “By the end of the trip, we were set on doing it.”
The globe-trotting World Extreme Skiing Champion’s other accomplishments include an X Games ski cross bronze and induction into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. He has written two books on ski mountaineering and sits on the board of Protect Our Winters. He has also starred in films by Matchstick Productions and Warren Miller.
We asked Davenport along with Ted Mahon and wife Christy Mahon to comment on a few of the CO summits.
Phoenix Peak, May 19, 2014
“We weren’t too excited to ski it: there wasn’t much snow when we made the ascent, the wind was relentless, and the mountain looked like it lacked any great ski objectives. But getting to the top we scouted a steep, east-facing bowl and ended up dropping some super fun lines.” ―Christy Mahon
Vestal Peak, May 9, 2014
“Accessing the Weminuche peaks requires a trip on an old steam locomotive, and during spring ski season it runs only once a day. At the end of our five-day traverse, we had to climb and ski one of the most challenging peaks of the project, Vestal, and then break camp and make it six miles out to catch the train home. From the moment we awoke we had to hustle. We were running down the dry trail with our skis and boots mounted on our overloaded packs.” ―Ted Mahon
Dallas Peak, May 1, 2014
“This was some of the most challenging alpine climbing I’ve ever done. We don’t normally expect steep snow, little ice, and a narrow rock chimney in the Centennials, but Dallas is different. The rappel from the summit back to our skis was easy in comparison―and the descent was totally sublime.” ―Chris Davenport
Mount Meeker, May 11, 2013
“What we found on the south face of Meeker after we summited blew our minds: 2,000 feet of epic powder and perfect spring corn. It was one ofour more thrilling descents.” ―Chris Davenport
Chris Davenport works with Spyder developing the White Spyder Collection.