“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.

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 http://www.wildernessexchangeunlimited.com/news_detail.cfm?Id=318

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

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And thank you once again.

International Avalanche Nest-Egg – ianfund.org – Sponsorship

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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 :)

Ordering “Car Store” by Mason A Crow

I’d like to announce our partnership with Mason A Crow distributing his fine work “Car Store”. A former Crested Butte local and true ripper Mason has brought us a really well written and descriptive look at what it’s like finding a new career after years of ski bum jobs and merely surviving until the next powder day. 376867_595012407190123_1567217861_n

Order the book here for $15 plus 8.25% 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 reader recently wrote a thoughtful review of this book
There is something about this book that is compelling.  I’m not sure what it is.  It should not have been all that appealing to me.  Our “hero”, Mark Stapleton, is age 30, a college dropout, two years sober, husband of a woman he had to marry, father of a two month old, and broke.  Car sales is not the graduation gift of a college education but a desperate attempt to get out of debt and pay the bills.  Why did I want to read this?  I started in sales at 30 plus and know only too well what it means to live from paycheck to paycheck.  So I know how awful sales can be, especially at the beginning.  But Mark has something unusual going for him that I did not have.  He has a tremendous sense of his surroundings, an incredible eye and memory for detail and a ruthless honesty about himself that I lacked. But like me he has powerful values.  Especially vivid is his love for his wife and daughter.  I found myself rooting for him to succeed almost from the very beginning.  And succeed he did, with the help of a hard driving manager, who, as it turns out, is also in recovery.  But what is most interesting about Mark is his use of language.  Here are some examples:  “There was something supremely frank and honest about his personality, like the way a bull looks at you through strands of rusted barbed wire.” and “It seemed like something had clicked over the last week, or was it just another empty chamber rotating into place on my Russian revolver?”  Mason Crow is a writer.  I hope he can make it because his voice deserves to be heard. Review by Fred Longacre PhD.

14erSkiers.com Review of “Backcountry Skiing & Ski Mountineering in Rocky Mountain National Park”

Our friends Brittany and Frank Konsella got a copy of the new book and wrote a great review.

Thanks for the kind words and I look forward to getting back down to Crested Butte for some more fun really soon.

Here’s an excerpt -
“Front Range backcountry skiers too often fight the dreaded I-70 traffic along with too many resort skiers. Of course there is great backcountry terrain on or near the I-70 corridor. But, there are plenty of backcountry stashes that can be accessed without the stop-and-go on the highway. One of those places is Rocky Mountain National Park.

RMNP has been increasing in popularity among backcountry skiers over recent years. However, RMNP is also a very large place. Navigating through the area can be tricky without being familiar with the terrain. I have heard too many stories of skiers being shut down due to difficult route finding. Even more often, I hear of skiers getting horrifically lost in Wild Basin. But now, thanks to Mark Kelly and Giterdun Publishing, there is a guidebook that can help with route finding. Even more important, the routes are carefully explained, and all the wonderful options of ski routes in RMNP are finally condensed in one user-friendly thought-out book.”

- See more at: 14erskiers.com