After five years and 4000 hours of work on this project, I've
finally turned my attention to writing the book. I hope to tell
a story that will be enjoyed by many readers, not just ski
mountaineers. The book will be much less detailed than this
website, more devoted to people and themes. For a synopsis of
I welcome comments and suggestions on my approach.
No. I expect this project to continue as long as I'm involved in
Washington ski mountaineering. But the project has reached an
important milestone. With minor exceptions, I've digested all
the printed material I've collected, from the birth of ski
mountaineering in Europe in the 1800s to the present
I'm continuing to review information from
but in many cases I won't publish notes on these until after the
book is finished. I'll just refer to this information as
necessary while writing. There are a few additional sources I'd
like to dig up, and there probably always will be.
The people index is used to gather scattered references to a
person in one place. If a person appears in the history only
once, then he or she will probably be listed only in the
chronology, not in the people index. There are a number of
people whom I either haven't yet contacted, or for whom I haven't
yet written interview notes.
(See personal communications.)
I'll get to them eventually. If you think I've overlooked
somebody, please let me know.
The subject index is for background information that doesn't fit
in the chronology. These subjects may include early
explorations, road or ski area developments, land management
issues, and topics like equipment, safety and technique.
Foreground events such as pioneering ski trips are listed in the
chronology. Background information that provides context for the
chronology is collected in the subject index.
Items marked "undocumented" were typically obtained either from personal
communications or web references. There is little doubt about the facts
involved, but I haven't yet compiled and published notes about them. I
may not get around to this until after my book is finished. Several
recent reports have this status.
When the previous history of a route is uncertain, then a report
may be listed as a strawman. It's been said that the best
way to get information on the Internet is not to ask a question,
but to post the wrong information. It is hoped that these
strawman listings will prompt earlier reports, if any exist.
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