Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs


Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs Author Robert Cocuzzo
ISBN-10 1680510444
ISBN-13 9781680510447
Year 2016-06-23
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher Mountaineers Books
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Doug Coombs had a huge impact on my life much of my overall approach to mountains comes from his example I am so grateful that thanks to author Rob Cocuzzo I now have the complete story of what influenced one of my biggest heroes Jeremy Jones snowboarding legend In the 1980s I was lucky enough to be part of the Bozeman gang of ex ski racers in one of the crucibles of the American steep skiing scene Robert Cocuzzo accurately captures the amazing Doug and Emily Coombs that I knew then and the myriad of Coombs ski stories Bruce Tremper avalanche expert and author of Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain Doug Coombs was an inspiration to me and so many others on and off the mountain Now here is an insightful look at the life of a legend Jimmy Chin climber photographer A thrilling biography of renowned extreme skiing pioneer Doug Coombs Arguably the greatest extreme skier to ever live Doug Coombs pioneered hundreds of first descents down the biggest steepest most dangerous mountains in the worldfrom the Grand Teton Otter Body in Jackson Hole to Mount Vinson the highest point in Antarctica to far flung drops such as Wyatt Peak in Kyrgyzstan He graced magazine covers wowed moviegoers became the face of top ski companies and ascended as the king of big mountain extreme skiing His place at the top was confirmed in 1991 when he won the very first World Extreme Ski Competition in Valdez Alaska Now his story is told for the first time in Robert Cocuzzos Tracking the Wild Coomba From the slopes of his childhood in New England to the steep chutes of his early career in Montana and Wyoming to the deep avalanche prone powder of his guiding years in Alaska and ultimately to the terrifying terrain of the French Alps Coombss greatness was in how he skied What most people didnt know was that Coombs skied so perfectly in part because he had no other choiceat the age of 16 he crashed off a jump in New Hampshire and broke his neck Doctors said it was a miracle he wasnt paralyzed and that another bad fall could kill him Many believe it was this second chance that inspired the extraordinary life he led until his tragic death in 2006 the result of an attempted rescue of a fellow skier

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