Jordan White Becomes Youngest to Descend All of Colorado’s 14,000 ft Peaks

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on May 27, 2009 4:01 pm

The journey began May 4, 2006 and ended early this month.  During the three years, Jordan White experienced ultimate tragedy, losing his father, and ultimate victory, becoming the youngest ski mountaineer to climb and ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks.

Luminaries of Colorado, such as Carbondale’s Lou Dawsen, Aspen’s Ted Mahon, and Crested Butte’s Frank Konsella have blazed the trail before.  Ski legend Chris Davenport upped the ante by completing the feat in less than a year and documented his achievement in a beautiful picture book, Ski the 14ers.

Now added to the list is 23-year-old White.  He became the fifth person to accomplish the feat.  The story of his journey differs greatly from the others in age and tragedy.  Jordan lost his father Kip White while climbing Maroon Bells.  An accident in which Jordan, tethered to his father, fell some 400 feet and survived.  His father did not.  But, Jordan’s fervor and love of the mountains was instilled in him by Kip, and he soon was back on the mountains, determined to finish what he started. 

His reasons?  They might not be what you think.  ““I honestly think that the whole ‘honor my father’ thing quit with Aconcagua in ’07,” Jordan told the Aspen Times. “So as much as others seem to think that this is the reason that I climb, I don’t think it is as applicable anymore.  I think it really is just a challenging way for me to enjoy myself in the outdoors.  I’ll keep skiing because I have fun doing it.”

Big congrats to Jordan White on his incredible achievement and perseverance.

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