Mountaineers Complete Centennial Peaks Project

Three-person team took nine years

Chris Davenport, Christy Mahon, and Ted Mahon took nine years to complete their Centennial Peaks Project. (Christian Pondella/Red Bull Cont)
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On Wednesday, a three-person team of ski mountaineers successfully completed the Centennial Peaks Project by climbing the 13,824-foot Jagged Mountain, according to the Aspen Times. The project involved scaling and skiing the 100 highest peaks in Colorado.

Skiing champion Chris Davenport, along with Christy Mahon and Ted Mahon, had climbed Jagged Mountain in the past, but prior to this month hadn’t experienced it in spring snow. “We weren’t jumping for joy yet because it’s really complicated getting off the mountain,” Ted Mahon said of Jagged Mountain, according to the Aspen Times. “The saying is, ‘Getting to the top is just half the day.’”

As Outside wrote in May, Davenport’s passion for big-mountain skiing previously led him to try skiing all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in a single year, a feat he completed between January 22, 2006, and January 19, 2007. (Ted Mahon followed suit the following year, as did Christy Mahon in 2010.) 

For the project, the group’s skiing goals were foreshortened only at Wetterhorn Peak, Teakettle Mountain, Dallas Peak, and Jagged Mountain, where skiing from the absolute summit of the mountains was impossible. But the three alpinists successfully reached each summit before carefully descending to the ski line.

The mountaineers, who have returned home safely, have not ruled out the possibility of climbing and skiing the next 100 highest peaks in the state in the future.

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