14erskiers.com Book Review: Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park

Brittany Konsella from 14erskiers.com reviewed Mark Kelly’s book Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park. 

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…

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