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Aspen's Davenport skis 'Ring of Fire'
ASPEN — Ted Mahon could not help but chuckle as rain pelted the windshield during his entire drive to the airport.
The mere sight of precipitation hardly was newsworthy — he was in Seattle, after all. Then again, the deluge came after a two-week stretch of uncannily sunny, dry conditions in the perpetually soggy Pacific Northwest.
“The bad weather started almost as soon as Chris (Davenport) said we were done,” the Aspen resident joked Wednesday. “Time and again, good luck seems to follow him around. He tends to get it when he needs it.”
There was little room for hitches during Davenport's latest — and arguably most ambitious — project. The renowned Snowmass ski mountaineer and guide set out earlier this month to climb and ski 15 volcanoes in just two weeks during a jaunt through California, Oregon and Washington.
To pull off the “Ring of Fire Tour,” Davenport collaborated with sponsors and friends, a revolving-door group that included, among others, three-time Olympian Daron Rahlves, photographer Christian Pondella, Mahon and his wife, Christy, who in May 2010 became the first woman to climb and ski all of Colorado's fourteeners.