Backcountry Magazine podcast: The Fifty
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"When you think of Cody Townsend, you think TGR and Matchsticks star, Freeride World Tour podiumer and the dude who went straight down “The Crack” and into an otherworldly viral reality that landed him on broadcast morning shows.

But then he read a book: 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America. Now he’s dumped the heli and bought some skins (OK, he got them for free) and has skied 20 lines of what promises to be a gooey, YouTubey feast."

Brett St Clair
Cody Townsend's ski project almost broke him last year
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Here's what he learned from it.

By Kade Krichko—”When professional skier Cody Townsend embarked on his quest last year to climb and descend all of the lines in the iconic book Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America, he knew he was signing up for his most ambitious mission to date.

His project, dubbed the Fifty, is taking him from Denali in Alaska to the remote backcountry of Nevada’s Ruby Mountains and up to British Columbia, with lots of lonely road in between. ‘Each line has its own aspect that gets me pretty stoked: physical challenges, mental challenges, or incredible aesthetics,’ says Townsend. ‘Every line is a stepping stone. You have to adapt throughout the year, continue to evolve.’” READ —>




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North America's best ski routes are disappearing
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By Heather Hansman—"When Cody Townsend set out to ski British Columbia’s 8,927-foot Joffre Peak—part of the Fifty, his project to descend the iconic lines collected in the 2010 book Fifty Classic Ski Descents in North America—he thought he might miss the window of skiability.

It was late February of this year, and the unusually thin snowpack and low visibility turned him around on his first attempt. But three days later, Townsend succeeded, sidestepping and jump-turning down the line, despite crummy snow (‘Holy shit, this skiing is gonna suuuuck,’ he tells his cameraman) and an emergency helicopter rescue for a skier on a neighboring couloir (‘Dude, dude, somebody just fell down Central).” READ —>

Brett St Clair
On the Adventurepreneur Playbook
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PART 1—”Cody’s most recent endeavor, aptly named the “The Fifty Project” is perhaps his most crowning achievement to date. It’s a YouTube web series documenting his journey to ski mountaineer the “50 Classic Ski Descents of North America”. You may remember my conversation with Penn Newhard from a couple of episodes back, who is one of the authors of that book, which is starting to build a cult classic following, in no small part due to Cody’s web series.”

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Adventurepreneur Playbook part 2
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Part 2—”Tons of practical, detailed advice on building the project you’ve always wanted, Death in the industry, Reinventing yourself after a big success, the transition from ski porn to backcountry ski mountaineering, genesis of the 50 project, the business of skiing (treating it like a job) , why it’s easier than ever to build a successful project, how to work with and create a value proposition for sponsors and brands.”

Brett St Clair
Penn Newhard on the Adventurepreneur Playbook
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Penn Newhard // [o] @bjarnesalen

This conversation with Penn is a deep dive into his story and his perspective on the world, and explores topics like having a healthy perspective on death within the outdoor community, choosing location over vocation, the importance of patience and commitment, why you need to be bold and sometimes even naive, and parenting while also leading a life of risk and adventure.

Brett St Clair