For Immediate Release


New Backcountry Skiing Guidebook for Colorado

Edgewater, CO 10/16/14.

Giterdun Publishing is pleased to announce the release of our newest book MakingTurns in Colorado’s Front Range, Volume 1 – South of Interstate 70, A Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Guidebook by Fritz Sperry.

This is our third publication, and Fritz Sperry’s second book, which follows up his 2012 debut MakingTurns in the Tenmile/Mosquito Range. We also publish Mark Kelly’s guidebook Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park, which was released in 2013.

Highlights of the new book MakingTurns in Colorado’s Front Range, Volume 1 – South of Interstate 70, A Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Guidebook by Fritz Sperry include:

  • Backcountry Skiing Routes in Summit, Clear Creek, Park, Teller and El Paso Counties
  • Ski Descents on 36 Peaks, 71 Routes
  • 336 full color pages
  • 300+ Color Photos and Maps
  • Loveland Ski Area, Loveland Pass, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
  • Ski Descents on Five Fourteeners


We will be receiving books from the printer on November 1st. Deliveries will commence right away with a big roadtrip around the state; leading up to our first events of the season. We will be giving copies away as door prizes at the First Frost event November 7th to benefit the Denver Press Club and CAIC. And, on November 8th we will be at our usual table at the Friends of CAIC Benefit Bash in Breckenridge offering our books for sale to benefit CAIC.

Follow the link below for retail orders. – BookStore

Wholesale customers can contact us at or 303.981.5763 to pre-order for delivery on or around November 1st. Let us know if you need refills on any of our other books as well.


We do a number of events in support of our books. Contact us at if you would like to set up a slideshow. A schedule can be found here

I’d like to offer a big thank you to all the sponsors, advertisers, retailers, customers and contributors that made this project possible.

GravityGirlGraphics, Ski Logik, Big Agnes, Honey Stinger, Ryders Eyewear, BCA, Scarpa, Upslope Brewing, Mountain Outfitters, Bent Gate Mountaineering, Climbing Life Guides, Wilderness Sports, Neptune Mountaineering, Mountain Chalet, Wilderness Exchange, Lift Baskets, Garuka Bars, Friends of CAIC, AIARE, Protect Our Winters, Trident Printing, Breckenridge Distillery, Flylow Gear, Alpine World Ascents, SheJumps


Events & Slideshow Presentation Schedule 2014-2015

Events will be added to this list so check back every so often.

November 7th, 2014 – First Frost Denver Press Club/CAIC Benefit – Denver

November 8th, 2014 – CAIC Benefit Bash – Breckenridge
November 19th, 2014 – Bent Gate Mountaineering – Golden – 6:30
December 18th, 2014 – Wilderness Sports – Dillon – 7:30

January 7th, 2015 – REI Denver 6:30 – 8:00 PM.
January 14th, 2015 – REI Boulder 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

Come on down to an event and enjoy some sweet pics and get your books signed. Upslope Brewing beers will be available where allowed.

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“33” by Mason A. Crow, Illustrated by Fritz Sperry

Stoked to announce “33” by Mason A. Crow, Illustrated by Fritz Sperry.

I’ve known Mason for 21 years now and when he approached me about designing his book of poetry I was stoked. It’s always fun to work with an old friend on a project. After getting the format together he said something that I was already thinking. This inspired me to run with an idea. I’ve always been partial to doodles. Just ask my high school teachers. This seemed to really fit with what we had laid out already. Being inspired by the writing also helped a lot. This project was so fun for me. So stoked to reconnect on such a level with such a long time friend. I think our mutual friend Jack would have been really stoked to see this. From those old days in CB to now. Cheers old friend :)

Below is the cover and a sample of one of the poems and illustrations. The images and words are © 2014 Mason A Crow

Covers One Page Version Webelephant and camel page 33 Book Sample

Order the book here for $15.00 plus 8.5% tax and $5 shipping and handling. Item ships via US Postal Priority Mail. You may use paypal for checkout or contact orders@giterdunpublishing for check or money orders. Thanks

One Note: We Ship on Mondays and Fridays

AMGA Interviews Giterdun Author Mark Kelly

Here’s a little sample of the interview. Click through for the full text. Thanks for all your hard work Mark.

AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Mark Kelly released his new ski guidebook, “Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park,” with Giterdun Publishing in November 2013. We recently caught up with Mark to chat about his book and learn more about his guiding life.

AMGA: When & why did you start skiing?
Mark Kelly: My first exposure to skiing was around age 9 through my stepfather, who was a Tenth Mountain Division soldier. I started skiing on my own around age 16 as an extension to alpine climbing; I first used skis to access remote ice climbs and soon discovered that the skiing was often the most fun portion of the day

AMGA: What is your background with avalanche education and guiding?
MK: My avalanche education started in mid 90′s with recreational courses. I completed my first Level 3 course in ’99 with AAI, and I first began guiding with Pikes Peak Alpine School in 1996. I began guiding full time with Colorado Mountain School in 1999. I am currently based in Haines Alaska, where I am an Alaska Heliskiing lead guide, primary avalanche forecaster, and lead instructor for the Alaska Heliskiing guide school.

AMGA: How did you get involved with the AMGA?
MK: CMS strongly encouraged me to participate with the AMGA, and most of my friends and colleagues were already involved with the AMGA and encouraged me to pursue my ski mountaineering certification.

You can pick up a copy on the website by following this link. Nothing like a ski guidebook to shake the No Snow Blues of summer.

front cover small Review of “Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park” by Mark Kelly

Somehow this review slipped through the fingers. It must be said that Ted Mahon, the review author, took the cover photo for the book. He’s also got other shots in there.

Get your copy on the site and get ready for winter. Never enough stoke out there especially when it’s 100 degrees out.

Here’s an excerpt. This link goes to the full review –

The guidebook was written by Mark Kelly and published by Fritz Sperry. Mark is a former Colorado Mountain School guide with years of first-hand experience in RMNP… It looks great, and is loaded with detailed descriptions of a wide variety of ski routes in the Park. This guidebook deserves a place on the shelf of all Colorado backcountry skiers and ski mountaineers, and it’s an absolute “must-have” for those into climbing and skiing from the greater Denver, Boulder, and Front Range neighborhood….

Thanks for the kind thoughts on our work and thank you for being a part of the project.

Wilderness Exchange Review of Tenmile and RMNP Books

Just came across this nice review by Kim from Wilderness Exchange. Thank you for the kind thought on the work we do. Looking forward to hearing about what you think of our next projects.

Here’s an excerpt

Independent publishing company Giterdun put out its second Colorado backcountry ski guide this month, printing “Backcountry Skiing & Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park.” This, the company’s second winter travel guide to one of Colorado’s highest places, is written by AMGA guide Mark Kelly. Kelly worked in Rocky for several years before moving to Alaska, where he also is a backcountry ski guide and lives in Valdez.

Last November, Giterdun published “Making Turns in the Tenmile-Mosquito Range,” a guide to Summit County’s wintery lines and bowls. Author and publisher Fritz Sperry penned that book after 10 years of work — many of it involving days spent on the peaks he photographs and writes about in the guide.

You can read the whole review here

You can also pick up copies of both our books at Wilderness Exchange just in time for big mountain season.


This is a big thank you page to the advertisers that have helped support our books.
Without which the printing and distribution wouldn’t have be possible. All these companies have great products and you should check them out.

And thank you once again.

International Avalanche Nest-Egg – – Sponsorship

I’d like to announce our sponsorship of The International Avalanche Nest-Egg

We will be donating books to their events and also donating advertising space in our guidebooks.

Unfortunately too many can benefit from this non-profit. Perhaps one day Project Zero of AIARE will do away the need. However until that day comes let’s support those that are left behind by our brothers and sisters that didn’t make it back from the mountains. If you have the means please follow the link and donate today.

Here’s a look at some thoughts from Ian Lamphere’s widow Elizabeth

Ian Lamphere was an expert skier and backcountry enthusiast. Hailing from Vermont, he grew up skiing at Smugglers’ Notch and later went on to teach ski racing at  the Mt. Mansfield ski academy. He trained to be a heli-ski guide in Alaska and traveled the world following his passion for skiing. On April, 20th he died in one of the most unpredictable and deadliest avalanches in Colorado history. Three days before he died, he shared with me that he wanted to start anon-profit to benefit the children and families of avalanche victims.
In the 9 months of fatherhood, Ian embraced all aspects of being Madelyn’s daddy.  He showered her with his passion for love and life. Though Madelyn will never know her dad, the International Avalanche Nest-Egg will be there to help children who are left in the same unfortunate circumstance as she.  Children who experience the loss of a parent at a young age are beginning their lives at the base of a very challenging peak.  It is the goal of the IAN fund to put the children of avalanche victims in a position to preserve their potential for lifelong success.  This will include support during the immediate days following the tragedy including childcare, airfare and assistance with funeral costs.  Support in the following months will include financial assistance and family
grief counseling.
Building this non-profit has greatly helped me to cope with my grief.  It has allowed me to grow closer to the incredibly caring community of winter sports enthusiasts: a community that Ian cherished tremendously.  I realize that I am not alone and I hope that the IAN fund will do the same for others who are left in the unimaginable situation I have found myself in.  We aim to
create a network of caring individuals who will be there when tragedy strikes.  Families affected by avalanche tragedy may lose their husband, wife, father or mother, but they will never be alone.
 The IAN fund is a way to keep Madelyn’s father alive, to continue his legacy, his love of children, and his passion for outdoor recreation. We hope the nest-egg will grow to exceed our initialshort term financial expectations and help to support children and families long term with a much needed feeling of security and community so families can live life to its fullest despite having
to grapple with their earth shattering loss. -
Elizabeth Lamphere, President & Co-Founder International Avalanche Nest-Egg

Elevation Outdoors Review of “MakingTurns in the Tenmile-Mosquito Range” by Rob Coppolillo

Got reviewed by Elevation Outdoors this week. Rob Coppolillo wrote a really nice review of my book. Thanks for the kind words.

Here’s an excerpt from the review. You can read the rest here.

“Touring in the Tenmile–Here’s Your Guide”

“Written by Fritz Sperry–an East Coaster originally, but in his 26th season of backcountry–Making Turns goes the extra mile to put you in the goods with as little hassle as possible. Photos of every trail head, in winter and summer, give the reader a no-brainer means of finding the starting point for every tour in the book. It’s details like these that really set the book apart. I’m psyched to have a copy.”

You can order your copy here. ORDERING.

Enjoy and I hope to see ya out there in the hills. Be smart this year as the snowpack is a little dicey as of late :)