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My name is Jordan White, and I have been climbing mountains right here in Colorado since I did my first 14er at age 5; San Luis Peak. I’ve come a long way since inching my way up that one, and now I enjoy climbing of all varieties.
Around the time I graduated from highschool in 2004 I had still only climbed 12 or so 14ers (though I had climbed the likes of Uncompahgre around 3 times). I headed up to school in Fort Collins, and climbed a couple peaks here and there but for some reason found the motivation to be lacking.
In May ’05 I was involved in a climbing accident that killed my father and left me with a broken leg among some other injuries. I spent most of the summer of 2005 recovering physically and emotionally, but at the same time had the constant itch to get back into the mountains. I was in a leg boot for 8 weeks, and then instructed to “take it easy” for 2 more after that. Finally I was cleared to get back in the mountains.
That fall I was cleared in the middle of September; and I took full advantage of it. Between school and ultimate frisbee, I spent every spare moment in the mountains. I ended up finishing the 14ers the following September with a climb of Pyramid Peak in Blizzard conditions.
Since then mountaineering has continued to challenge me physically and mentally and I absolutely love it!
During the winter and spring most of my energy is focused on skiing and ski-mountaineering here in Colorado, with the occasional trip to neighboring states or other countries.
The summers have been filled with all sorts of mountaineering including: alpine rock, scrambles, summer snow, and sometimes just a hike with friends.
In May of 2006 I skied the Christo Couloir on Quandary Peak over near Breckenridge, CO. I didn’t own a ski pack, a backcountry setup or even a pair of boots with a walk function at the time, but my dog and I made it up and down on full alpine gear. At the time I had no intentions or ideas about skiing them all. However, a short 3 years later, May 3, 2009, I skied off the top of my last 14er. At the time I was the 5th person to finish in a line of some of the state’s best ski mountaineers. I was proud just to be a part of them.
Today I spend most of my time skiing near Aspen, CO and the surrounding backcountry. I’m still a sucker for an expedition and with a few of those currently under my belt, I’m just looking for the next big trip.
Hope to see you out there.