a ski descent of Whitehorse Ledge, North Conway NH


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Trad climber
berkeley, ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 9, 2008 - 12:13pm PT
Remember that high school kid who was climbing 5.13 in the 80s? The one with the spandex? On the cover of the old guidebook?

Looks like the boy can ski.


the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Jan 9, 2008 - 12:45pm PT
Sic! Jimmy is very talented climber and now skier...

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jan 9, 2008 - 02:37pm PT

That should go down in the annals of the MWV ski history right along with Toni Matt doing the tucks headwall back in the day of the 'inferno'.

Trad climber
Jan 9, 2008 - 03:09pm PT
Would the ski descent be less scary than the runout slabs on rock, I wonder? ;-P


Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 9, 2008 - 03:40pm PT
Whoooo! Nice job JS.

Funny story: The first time this Colorado boy visited the Valley was spring break in 1975. Traveled out with Wilford, Steve Mammen, Steve Bass and Dave Bohn. That was back before Mammen lost his rope and became a boulderer but that's besides the point. He was a Cali-beach dude and was sure he was going to skateboard the Apron. Of course, none of us had ever seen it so we didn't know how outrageous that was.

We arrived at 2AM on a dark night and threw our bags out in Upper Pines. Remember, none of us had ever been there to see the scale of the place. Upon waking and coffee-ing up we began to strut around and organize for the day, completely unaware of what was looming right over our heads. It was kind of foggy/misty and as it cleared we started seeing peeks of Wash' Column, the Sentinel and North Dome through the trees. Then we turned around and saw the sweep of GPA disappearing into the sky.

It almost brought us to our knees and I'll never lose the image of Mammen quietly picking up his skateboard and putting it back into the trunk of the car. We never said a word about it again...

Trad climber
Durango, CO
Jan 9, 2008 - 05:21pm PT
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
Jan 9, 2008 - 06:34pm PT
in that vein:

Jim Zellers on the FD of Half Dome:

Story: http://outside.away.com/magazine/200011/200011disp10.html

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jan 9, 2008 - 07:02pm PT
I saw Zellers give a slideshow of his descent of Half Dome shortly after he did it, and it still sends shivers down my spine. Took him five years to finally pull it off. Here's a Richard Leversee photo of an earlier attempt:


But why?!?!?!? Slabs of snow and slabs of granite have an uncanny way of separating themselves. Eric Perlman and Bob Bellman skied the same line in 1981, but they used a rope. Not so with Zellers. I'm freaking out just thinking about it.

mars...it's near nevada...
Jan 9, 2008 - 07:36pm PT
yeah, sure, but can they do it with a blocked artery and a BP of 195 over 120 ? just kidding - that looks *Sweeeeeet* ;-)
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 11, 2008 - 12:35am PT
He used to be such a nice boy....

And now just imagine, risking it all for.....for!?! Was it a rush dude? LOL

Trad climber
Jan 11, 2008 - 01:58pm PT
I saw him a couple years ago, guiding some fellow up Thin Air at Cathedral. If I remember correctly, that's what he does now: guides folks up walk-ups in the summer in order to ski all winter long.
Then again, my memory fades and I could be talking outta my ass.

Trad climber
Chatham N.H.
Jan 11, 2008 - 04:58pm PT
He's also a skilled cinematographer.TNF/Trango come to mind.
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