Peter Shelton

Part Two: The Accidental Bivouac

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on January 27, 2012

It started to snow. Imperceptible ice needles at first, but then in bigger clumps falling through the gray-white air.

We took turns breaking trail, but Davey O’Brien pushed the route most of the time. It was his “easy” overnight tour, his idea to ski from Woods Lake over the divide and down to the hot-springs ghost town of Dunton. (more…)

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To bivy, or not to bivy, that is the question.

Posted in Personal History, Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on January 19, 2012

It was probably about this time of year, in 1978 or 1979, when Davey O’Brien, late of Olympic Sports, proposed a ski tour to Dunton hot springs.

Davey was one of Olympic’s ski equipment gurus back when the shop was next door to the Floradora Saloon, back before the United States Olympic Committee, citing copyright infringement, made them change their name.

Davey had a heart condition. (more…)

The Gasman Cometh

Posted in Gas Pains, Watch columns by pshelton on January 13, 2012

The meek shall inherit the earth. But not the mineral rights.

Oilman and miser J. Paul Getty said that. He was the richest man in America in 1957 but famously had a pay phone installed in his own home.

The sentiment is truer than ever. The rush to develop natural gas wells across the country has resulted in fracking-induced earthquakes in Ohio, in poisoned water wells in Wyoming and now, in the words of BLM Uncompahgre Field Manager Barb Sharrow, the “firestorm” in Paonia. (more…)

Messing With Ski Shapes, Part Two

Posted in Ski evolution, Watch columns by pshelton on January 5, 2012

The battle continues over new ski shapes dictated for 2013 by the International Ski Federation.

The debate blows hot on the slopes and in the blogosphere. (Although we haven’t heard lately from American giant slalom specialist Ted Ligety, who protested early in the season that the FIS was attempting to “ruin” his sport.) (more…)