Cody Townsend’s The FIFTY Project – Ep. 1. Intro & Messner Couloir

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The FIFTY is a project by pro skier Cody Townsend to climb and ski all 50 lines chronicled in the book, “The Fifty Classic Descents of North America” by Chris Davenport, Penn Newhard and Art Burrows.

The great thing about these short videos is not just the amazing skiing and awe-inspiring steep terrain, it’s all the other factors that go in to getting that line. The prep work, travel, team-assembly, line-scoping, avalanche assessment, risk-management, gear-prep, decision-making, weather, banter and teamwork. Plus there’s always a celebratory beer to be shared on a truck tailgate at the end.

Episode 1 details out the plans and the first line ticked off on the adventure, the Messner Couloir on Denali, the highest mountain in North America.

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