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…)

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…)