- Last Spring, Aspen Colorado's Christy Mahon, 35, became the first woman (and seventh overall) to climb and ski all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks.
- But because Mahon didn't publicize her final descents, her announcement on May 16 ruffled some feathers.
- "It can actually be more selfish and ego-driven to keep your accomplishments secret than it is to share them," blogged Colorado backcountry pioneer Lou Dawson, the first person to ski the fourteeners.
- That's because another womanfellow Coloradan Brittany Walkerwas (and still is) bearing down on the feat but had no idea how close Mahon was and whether she could still catch her.
- Mahon, who's the special-events director at the Aspen Art Museum, doesn't understand the fuss.
- Outside: How does skiing the fourteeners become controversial? Mahon: "It was no secret that I was going to ski them."
- "I wasn't going to change the way I approached the project just to please someone else. It's great if other people want to spray their stuff all over the Internet. That may be their way of approaching a project, but it's not mine."
- "I think there's an incorrect notion these days that if something doesn't happen online, then it never happened."
- Start over