“Life Like Fritz” – Boulder Weekly by Tom Winter

Had a nice write up in the Boulder Weekly recently. Check it out. Thank you Tom Winter.

Here’s a little excerpt

From a forested shoulder of Royal Mountain, where I’m skiing today along with one of Sperry’s regular backcountry partners, Frisco local Gary Fondl, you can see many of the peaks that Sperry has skied, written about and photographed. Lake Dillon glistens in the sunshine below as the sun rises higher. Conversation comes easily and ranges across a wide range of subjects. It’s a companionable group and I’m reminded why some of the strongest bonds in life are created outdoors. And for Sperry, it’s been one of the highlights of the creative process that went into his guidebook projects.

“The friendship bonds created in the hills are like none I’ve ever experienced in other aspects of my life,” says Sperry. “Ski partners mirror family in my mind and my heart.”

Click below for the whole text


Events & Slideshow Presentation Schedule 2014-2015

Events will be added to this list so check back every so often. All shows are by Fritz Sperry unless otherwise noted.

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

January 15th, 2015 – Red Fox NA – Lyons – Mark Kelly’s Slide Show 7:00 PM

January 29th, 2015 – Red Fox NA – Lyons 7:00 PM

Postponed – Leadville Outdoors Time TBD

February 12th, 2015 – Neptune Mountaineering Time TBD

February 18th, 2015 – Mountain Chalet – Colorado Springs – 6:30 PM

Come on down to an event and enjoy some sweet pics and get your books signed. I will talk about the some great lines in the Front Range and some of the tricks I use to stay safe. Upslope Brewing beers will be available where allowed.

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14erskiers.com Book Review: Making Turns in Colorado’s Front Range, Volume 1:

Got a nice review from Brittany over at 14er skiers.com. Every review she does improves the books. Thanks for the feed back it is much appreciated.

Making Turns in Colorado’s Front Range, Volume 1: South of Interstate 70 is another great book written and published by Fritz Sperry. This book features approximately 70 backcountry or mountaineering routes for skiing and snowboarding on 39 different peaks or areas. As the book title states, all of these routes are on the Front Range, and south of Interstate-70….

Click here for the whole interview – http://14erskiers.com/blog/2014/12/book-review-making-turns-colorados-front-range-volume-1-south-interstate-70/

If you’d like to order click here – http://www.giterdunpublishing.com/bookstore/

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.
GiterdunPublishing.com – BookStore

Wholesale customers can contact us at orders@giterdunpublishing.com 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 fritzsperry@makingturns.com if you would like to set up a slideshow. A schedule can be found here http://www.giterdunpublishing.com/slideshow-presentation-schedule/

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


“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

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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. http://amga.com/mark-kelly-publishes-ski-guidebook-rockies/

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.

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stuckintherockies.com 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 – http://www.stuckintherockies.com/2013/12/cover-shot/

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.