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    Skier Christy Mahon

    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.

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    Skier Christy Mahon

    But because Mahon didn't publicize her final descents, her announcement on May 16 ruffled some feathers.

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    Skier Christy Mahon

    "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.

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    Skier Christy Mahon

    That's because another woman—fellow Coloradan Brittany Walker—was (and still is) bearing down on the feat but had no idea how close Mahon was and whether she could still catch her.

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    Skier Christy Mahon

    Mahon, who's the special-events director at the Aspen Art Museum, doesn't understand the fuss.

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    Skier Christy Mahon

    Outside: How does skiing the fourteeners become controversial? Mahon: "It was no secret that I was going to ski them."

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    Skier Christy Mahon

    "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."

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    Skier Christy Mahon

    "I think there's an incorrect notion these days that if something doesn't happen online, then it never happened."

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