Exploring Colorado’s backcountry on skis with 2 adventure photographers
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — There’s something about the winter that gets the blood pumping.
“I love the sensuousness of the season,” said John Fielder, renowned nature photographer. “In some ways, it’s the most extreme of the seasons because of its inclement weather, the challenging terrain and dealing with the logistics of harsh conditions.”
From sunrise to sunset, from a descent of Capitol Peak to the huts of the San Juan Mountains, Fielder and ski-mountaineer Dr. Jon Kedrowski team up to take audiences on a multimedia exploration of their combined 60 years of exploring the wintery world, each with a different perspective.
The two are currently on a combined book tour based on their new books “Classic Colorado Ski Descents” by Kedrowski and “A Colorado Winter” by Fielder. They will make a stop in Steamboat Springs and present their “Explore Colorado’s World of White” presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Library Hall at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
“The goal is to educate and get people excited for the ski season,” said Kedrowski, who is an author, speaker, adventurer, ski mountaineer and expedition guide. “We want people to go have fun but to be safe about it.”
Filling a niche as backcountry skiing becomes more popular, Kedrowski said his new book discusses preparation, gear selection, planning and analysis of weather and snowpack for backcountry skiing.
“It showcases destinations for people who want to go try some new things and explore somewhere new, and it provides the details that give readers the information they need to have the freedom to choose their own adventure,” Kedrowski said.
Known for having a photographic memory, Kedrowski chronicles his adventures in meticulous detail that can be seen in two of his other books, “Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado Fourteener High Bivys,” co-written with Chris Tomer, and “Skiing and Sleeping on the Summits: Cascade Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest Skiing 20 Peaks in 30 Days.”
In addition to more than 1,000 ascents of Colorado 14ers and 13ers in all seasons and the 74 named 14ers in the continental U.S., Kedrowski has climbed six of the seven continental summits including Mount Everest in 2012.
Kedrowski said his newly released book, which took two years to write based on detailed notes from his backcountry excursions over the last 10 years, provides descriptions of various major mountain ascents and as many as 300 different routes, including accessible outings like Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne.
“In the case of these books, we’re trying to show people how extraordinary the natural environment is,” said Fielder, who often travels to Steamboat for the winter season.
Presenting the more artistic side of winter, Fielder will weave his photos throughout the presentation showcasing a few of his favorite scenes collected from 40 years of exploring Colorado’s backcountry.
“It’s one of my favorite seasons,” said Fielder, a publisher, teacher and preservationist with over 40 exhibit-format books and guidebooks who has also received numerous awards including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography. “Although it’s not the most colorful, sometimes winter is best portrayed by manifesting texture.”
Fielder said he will include tips for both photographers and explorers on how to be comfortable in challenging conditions, as well as the nuances of making outstanding winter photos during his presentation.
Books will be available for sale and author signing courtesy of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.
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