Announcements
7/22/09: The Racing page of the Adventure section has been updated with two new photo galleries from Xterra Buffalo Creek in June 2009 and Xterra Mountain Cup at Beaver Creek in July 2009. Check 'em out!


Powder Ghost Towns Book Tour
Dates are firming up for a Fall and Winter 2008 book tour for Pete's latest book, Powder Ghost Towns: Epic Backcountry Turns in Colorado's Lost Ski Resorts. The following dates and locations are confirmed. More information and dates will be added as they're booked on the calendar!

1/14/09: Magazine Article Index Updated:
The magazine article index of Pete's published writing (located here) has been updated with lots of articles published from Nov 2008 through Jan 2009. Check it out!

1/13/09: Upcoming TV appearance, plus more book reviews
Pete will appear on Plum TV in Aspen at 9:00am on Saturday, January 17th. Tune in and check it out! Also, Backcountry Magazine and Rocky Mountain Sports both weighed in on Powder Ghost Towns. Read the reviews by scrolling to the bottom of the page here. Lastly, Appalachia magazine listed At the Mercy of the Mountains under its "Books of Note" review section. Read the review by scrolling to the bottom of the page here.

1/5/09: Book Reviews Galore!
The Daily Gazette in Schenectady, NY named Pete's At the Mercy of the Mountains an Honorable Mention to the newspaper's list of Top 10 Books of 2008 either about NY's Capital region or by authors from that region. Also, the Summit Daily News, Denver Magazine, Denver Post, and the Coloradoan all weigh in on Powder Ghost Towns. Check out that section of the website for details!

12/9/08: More PGT Reviews
More reviews of Powder Ghost Towns are in! The Steamboat Pilot ran a full-page article on the backpage of the Sunday sports section, and Lou Dawson's popular backcountry skiing blog, WildSnow.com, also published its official review. Check out excerpted quotes from and links to the full reviews here. Scroll down for the latest additions.

11/24/08: PGT Reviews
Reviews of Powder Ghost Towns have started to come in, and response has been positive! Check out quotes from and links to reviews here. Scroll down for the latest additions.

11/19/08: Upcoming Television Appearance
On Friday, November 28, Pete will appear live on Plum TV in Vail at 8:40am. Tune in and check it out!

11/11/08: Upcoming Television Appearance
On Tuesday, December 2, Pete will appear live on Steamboat Today at 7:40am, a two-hour live morning show that airs on TV18 in Steamboat Springs. (That evening, Pete will do a slide show and book signing at Epilogue...check out the book tour dates above for more info.)

11/4/08: Powder Ghost Towns, the movie
Check out a video about Powder Ghost Towns. The film, shot during the winters of 2006/07 and 2007/08 features almost twenty minutes of footage from lost ski areas throughout Colorado. It's available in two resolutions (both have fairly large file sizes) depending on your connection speed. Visit the PGT section of the website to watch the movies.

10/27/08: Upcoming Television Appearance
This upcoming Thursdasy, October 30, Pete will appear on Colorado & Company, a one-hour show that airs live weekday mornings from 10-11am on KUSA, Denver's NBC affiliate. Pete will be talking about his new book, Powder Ghost Towns, which comes out in November from Wilderness Press. Tune in and check it out!

9/26/08: Website Updates
Powder Ghost Towns is on its way to the printer today, and will be coming out in November from Wilderness Press. Pre-order your copy today! The book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In addition, Hunting Nature's Fury is also available for pre-ordering from Amazon, and is coming out March 2009 from Lyons Press. Learn more about both forthcoming books by visiting the
Writing page of the website!

9/8/08: Mountain Photo Gallery Added
Check out a new photo gallery from a recent of the Great Dihedral on Hallett Peak's First Buttress in Rocky Mountain National Park.

9/2/08: Magazine Interview
Pete sat down with Killswitch Magazine to do a Q&A interview about At the Mercy of the Mountains and his other writing projects. You can read the interview here.

8/25/08: Mountain Photo Gallery Added
Check out a new photo gallery from a recent ascent of Torreys Peak in Colorado's Front Range.

8/11/08: Race Results:
Pete finished the inaugural Xterra Beaver Creek in a time of 3:38:22. Heavy rain the night before the race resulted in colder than expected water temps, and Pete was only one of four out of 160 racers who did not have a wetsuit. After a less than inspiring swim, Pete made up ground on the mountain bike and run, gaining 41 places overall on those two legs of the race. He finished 111th out of 159 overall, and 12th out of 16 in the M30-34 division. Check out a photo gallery from the race here.

8/6/08: Website Update
The magazine article index in the Writing section has been updated with Pete's clips that have hit newstands in the last several months.

8/4/08: Upcoming Race
On Saturday, August 9, Pete will compete in the Xterra Beaver Creek. The offroad triathlon takes place in Avon, Colorado, and includes a 1.5k swim, 25k mountain bike, 8k run, and more than 4,500' of vertical ascent. Check back after the race for a results update!

8/1/08: New Blog
Pete and his wife, Kelli, have recently started a new blog about living and eating gluten-free. It's called No Gluten, No Problem: Travel, Adventure, Commentary and Fresh and Delicious Recipes from a Gluten-free World. Check it out here.

7/28/08: Mountain Photo Gallery Added
Check out two new photo galleries from recent ascents of Medicine Bow Peak and Browns Peak in Wyoming's Snowy Range.

7/21/08: Mountain Photo Gallery Added
Check out a new photo gallery from a recent ascent of Capitol Peak in Colorado's Elk Range.

7/11/08: Race Results:
Pete finished the Cheyenne Sprint Triathlon in a time of 1:24:11. James Bales, of San Antonio, Texas, was the overall winner with a time of 1:02:01. Pete's time was good enough for 32/62 overall, and 6/11 in the Men's 30-34 age group. Check out a photo gallery from the race here.

6/30/08: Upcoming Race
On Sunday, July 6, Pete will compete in the Cheyenne Sprint Triathlon in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The race includes a 600m swim, 22km bike, and 5km run. Check back after the race for results!

6/26/08: Pre-order Powder Ghost Towns
Powder Ghost Towns: Epic Backcountry Runs in Colorado's Lost Ski Resorts - due out November 15, 2008 from Wilderness Press - is now available for pre-ordering from Amazon.com. Reserve your copy today and have it shipped directly from Amazon as soon as it's available.

6/23/08: Mountain Photo Gallery Added
Check out a new photo gallery from a recent ascent of Watanga Mountain in the Indian Peaks of Colorado.

6/18/08: Mountain Photo Gallery Added
Check out a new photo gallery from a recent ascent of Whiteface in the Adirondacks of New York.

6/3/08: Mountain Photo Gallery Added
Check out a new photo gallery from a recent ascent of Pacific Peak, in the Ten Mile Range of Colorado.

6/2/08: MetaEzra Interview
MetaEzra, a blog about Cornell University and its alumni, interviewed Pete about At the Mercy of the Mountains. You can read the Q&A here.

5/30/08: Mountain Photo Gallery Added
Check out a new photo gallery from a recent ascent of Colorado Mines Peak, in the Indian Peaks of Colorado.

5/29/08: Race Results:
Pete finished the Bolder Boulder in a time of 0:46:55 (a 7:34 per mile pace). That was good enough for a top 6% finish (2,783 overall out of 54,000+ runners). Pete placed 59th out of 479 in the M29 division, and 2,339th out of 22,100 men.

5/27/08: Updated Book Tour
In early and mid June, Pete will be doing a book tour to select locations in New York and Vermont to promote his new book, At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks. The following dates and locations are confirmed.
* Sat. June 7, 8:00pm - Adirondack Loj, Heart Lake, Lake Placid, hosted by ADK
* Mon. June 9, 7:00pm -
Barnes & Noble, Burlington
* Tue. June 10, 7:00pm - Barnes & Noble, Albany
* Thu. June 12, 7:00pm - Barnes & Noble, Ithaca
* Fri. June 13, 5:00pm - Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid
* Sat. June 14, 11:00am - Barnes & Noble, Dewitt (Syracuse)

5/22/08: Award Winner!
Pete is a Merit Prize winner in the 2008 Turf and Ornamental Communicators Assocation annual Writing Award Competition. His award-winning article, "Playing the Numbers Game," appeared as a feature in the February 2007 issue of Golf Course Management. "Playing the Numbers Game" earned recognition in the "Writing for Commercial Publications: Environmental Stewardship Article" category. Pete won the same award in the same category in the 2006 competition.

5/21/08: Upcoming Race
On Monday, May 26, Pete will run in the 30th annual Bolder Boulder 10K. With more than 50,000 runners, the Bolder Boulder draws an international field of competitors and is one of the largest 10K road races in the United States. Check back here after the race for results!

5/5/08: Mountain Photo Galleries Added
The Mountains page of the Adventure section has been updated, and four new photo galleries have been added. Check out three slide shows from Pete's trip to the Chic Choc Mountains in Quebec: Mont Coleman, Point 750, and Frere du Nicol-Albert. Also check out a ski ascent/descent of Mount Toll in Colorado's Indian Peaks.

5/1/08: Upcoming Book Signing and Slide Show
On Thursday, May 8, Pete will be at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder for a book signing and slide show about At the Mercy of the Mountains. The event starts at 8:00pm. More details are available on the Neptune Mountaineering website.

4/25/08: Backcountry Snowsports Alliance Interview
Colorado's Backcountry Snowsports Alliance interviewed Pete about Powder Ghost Towns, At the Mercy of the Mountains, and life as an adventure writer. Read the Q&A here, on the organization's News from the Deep White Blog.

3/19/08: Race results
Pete finished the COSMIC Loveland race in a time of 2:52. The roughly 7 mile course gained 4,500 vertical feet. Pete's time put him in 16th place in the Men's AT Race division, which was good enough to earn points toward the season-long COSMIC series standings.

3/7/08: Upcoming Race
This Saturday, March 8, 2008, Pete will compete in COSMIC Loveland, another stop on the ski mountaineering race circuit. Pete hopes to improve upon his performance at the COSMIC Snowmass race. Check back after the race for a full update on results!

3/7/08: Award Winner!
Pete is a recently-announced winner in the Solas Awards, an annual writing competition sponsored by the publisher Traveler's Tales, and honoring the best in travel writing. Pete won a Silver Award in the Men's Travel category: the best account by a man of a testosterone-fueled encounter or experience on the road. He earned the award for Eight Seconds, an essay about his experience learning to ride a bull in the rodeo. The essay greatly expanded upon an earlier article that was published in Men's Edge magazine. You can read the award-winning essay here. You can also expect to see the essay published in a future edition of Traveler's Tales' popular anthologies.

3/7/08: Associated Press article
Michael Virtanen, with the Associated Press, wrote an article about Pete and At the Mercy of the Mountains. The article was picked up by many newspapers across New York State. You can read the version that appeared in the Ithaca Journal here.

3/7/08: At the Mercy of the Mountains is Available
Pete's book, At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks, is now out and available from The Lyons Press! You can find the book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and other retailers. See reviews, read an excerpt, and order a copy by visiting the Writing section of the website.

2/4/08: Race results
Other than cold temperatures at the start (4 degrees Fahrenheit) and a fierce wind atop Snowmass, conditions were great for COSMIC Snowmass, with good snow and clear skies. Even so, roughly one out of six racers didn't finish the grueling course. Pete finished in 3 hours and 46 minutes, a vast improvement over his performance at the 2007 COSMIC Sunlight race. Winner Ethan Passant finished in 2 hours and 2 minutes.

1/16/08: Upcoming Race
Saturday, January 19, Pete will compete in the Snowmass Winter Wild, the first stop on the Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup race tour. The 11-mile course - the longest of the COSMIC series - will include more than 5,000 vertical feet of ascent. Pete will be racing with Scarpa F1 boots on Dynafit SR 11.0 skis mounted with Speed Lite bindings. Check back after the race for an update on results!

1/14/08: Website update
The Mountains page of the Adventure section has been updated with some of Pete's recent ascents.

12/12/07: Website Update
The magazine article index in the Writing section has been updated with Pete's clips that have hit newstands in the last several months.

11/12/07: Race result and photo gallery added
This past weekend, Pete and his dog, Altai, competed in the Canicross division of Colorado Mountain Musher's Buena Vista Dryland Race. They finished 3rd in a field of 13 competitors. Check out a photo gallery from the race here.

11/05/07: Photo gallery added
Check out a new gallery from an ascent of Battle Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. Pete and Kelli's original plan was to climb the North Face of Longs Peak, but steady gale-force winds at Granite Pass (12,000 feet) - and a plume of snow howling off the North Face and out over the Diamond - prompted them to reconsider and set their sights on nearby, modest Battle Mountain. Watch a video of them fighting through the winds here (1 min video, 6 MB file).

10/29/07: Photo gallery added
Check out a new gallery from an ascent of Little Agnes Mountain in the Park Range's Mount Zirkel Wilderness.

10/15/07: Storm chasing video
Check out a video from Pete and Roger's October 14, 2007 storm chase near the Kansas-Oklahoma border. Click here to watch the video (4 min video, 11 MB file), or click here to learn more about Hunting Nature's Fury, their forthcoming book from The Lyons Press.

10/6/07: Pre-order At the Mercy of the Mountains
At the Mercy of the Mountains - due out March 1, 2008 from The Lyons Press - is now available for pre-ordering from Amazon.com. Reserve your copy today and have it shipped directly from Amazon as soon as it's available.

10/5/07: Photo gallery added
Check out a new gallery from an attempt on Mount Powell in the Gore Range.

9/17/07: Race Updates
Pete and Tom, competing as Team East Meets West, finished 8th out of 19 teams in their division at Gravity Play's Adventure XStream Vail 12-hour adventure race. Check out the photo gallery. Pete and Washington DC-based Team Hurtbox Racing AC finished 45th out of 351 total teams at this year's Reach the Beach Relay in New Hampshire. Check out the photo gallery.

8/27/07: Photo galleries added
Check out new photo galleries from three beautiful days in Colorado's mountains: an ascent of Point 13,152 near Loveland Pass, an aborted attempt on the northeast ridge of Sharkstooth in RMNP, and an ascent of the Father Dyer - Crystal Peak - Peak 10 trio in the Tenmile Range near Breckenridge.

8/22/07: Upcoming Adventure Races
During the first half of September, Pete will compete in two adventure races. On September 8, Pete and his friend, Tom, will compete in the Vail race of Gravity Play's Adventure Xstream race series. Pete and Tom will race as Team East Meets West in the 60-mile, 12-hour, 2-person division. They finished fourth in the same division at last year's Durango race. One week later, September 14-15, Pete will run as part of Hurtbox Racing AC's 12-man relay team in New Hampshire's Reach the Beach. The trail- and road-running relay covers 200 miles in 24 hours, starting at Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch and ending at the Atlantic Ocean. Check back after the races for updates and photos galleries!

8/13/07: New Book Deal!
Pete has signed with Wilderness Press (www.wildernesspress.com) to publish his third book. Powder Ghost Towns: The Backcountry Skier's Guide to Colorado's Lost Ski Areas is expected to hit shelves Oct 2008. Visit the Writing section of the website to learn more about Powder Ghost Towns and Pete's other writing projects!

7/27/07: Writing section updated!
The magazine article index in the Writing section has been updated with Pete's recent clips that have hit newstands lately, and the clips page has had oodles of new full-length articles added for your reading pleasure.

6/21/07: Bolivia Expedition Recap
Pete and Kelli have returned from their expedition to Bolivia's Cordillera Real, where they climbed 5,060m Tarija, 5,370m Pequeno Alpamayo and 6,088m Huayna Potosi. Check out two photo galleries from the climbs: Part 1, and Part 2.

6/18/07: Website Update
The magazine article index in the Writing section has been updated with Pete's clips that have hit newstands in the last three months.

5/21/07: New photo gallery added!
Check out a photo gallery from an ascent of Dreamweaver Couloir on Mount Meeker in the Rocky Mountain National Park, or visit the Mountains page of the Adventure section to see that gallery and many more.

5/14/07: New photo gallery added!
Check out a photo gallery from an ascent of Mount Bancroft and Parry Peak in the Indian Peaks of Colorado, or visit the Mountains page of the Adventure section to see that gallery and many more.

4/23/07: New photo gallery added!
Check out a photo gallery from an ascent of the North Ridge of Peak 1 in the Ten Mile Range near Frisco, or visit the Mountains page of the Adventure section to see that gallery and many more.

4/16/07: New photo galleries added!
Check out two photo galleries from a ski ascent/descent of Baker Mountain near Kremmling, and of a winter conditions attempt on Mount Yale in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, or visit the Mountains page of the Adventure section to see those galleries and many more.

4/6/07: The Lyons Press to Publish Two of Pete's Books!
Pete has signed with The Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press (www.globepequot.com), to publish two books. At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks is expected to hit shelves Spring 2008. Hunting Nature's Fury: A Storm Chaser's Obsession with Tornadoes, Hurricanes and other Natural Disasters (coauthored with Roger Hill) will come out Fall 08 or Spring 09. Visit the Writing section of the website to learn more about both projects!

3/16/07: New writing clips added!
Read Pete's articles about whitewater rafting with his dog on the Colorado River, and how golf courses are discovering that being green can save them some green in the insurance department. Check them both out here.

3/13/07: Upcoming Expedition
At the end of May, Pete and his wife, Kelli, head to Bolivia's Cordillera Real for a 2.5 week high altitude mountaineering expedition. They'll attempt Pequeno Alpamayo (17,618'), Huayna Potosi (19,974') and Illimani (21,125'). Check back in late June to see photo galleries from the trip!

2/22/07: New photo gallery added!
Check out a gallery from ice climbing at Lincoln Falls. Go there here directly, or visit the ice climbing page of the Adventure section.

2/20/07: New writing clips added!
Read Pete's articles about snowkiting on Colorado's Lake Dillon, and great ski towns of the Northeast. Check them both out here.

2/12/07: New photo gallery added!
Check out a photo gallery from ice climbing at the Ouray Ice Park. Go there directly, or visit the Ice Climbing page of the Adventure section.

1/27/07: New writing clips added!
Read Pete's articles about Manitou Springs' Great Fruitcake Toss and the fast-hands game of Sport Stacking. Check them both out here.

1/26/07: New photo gallery added!
Check out pics from the 2005 Colorado Outward Bound Relay here, or visit the Adventure Racing page of the Adventure section.

1/16/07: Adventure Racing section and photo galleries added!
Check it out here directly, or visit the Adventure section.

1/11/07: New photo gallery added!
Check out Pete's snowkiting adventure at The Sanitarium on Colorado's Lake Dillon in Dec 2006. Click here to see the photo gallery, or check out more of Pete's adventures in the Adventure section.

1/5/07: New photo galleries added!
Check out two galleries of Pete's July 2006 trip to the Cirque of the Towers in Wyoming's Wind River mountain range, with climbs of Pingora and Wolf's Head. Those galleries, and more, can be found on the Mountains page of the Adventure section.

12/19/06: Ice Climbing section and photo galleries added!
Check it out here directly, or visit the Adventure section.

12/18/06: New photo galleries added!
Check out three more of Pete's adventures. A loop over Mount Audubon and Paiute Peak, a hike and scramble up Horsetooth Mountain, and a winter conditions attempt on Long's Peak. Those galleries, and more, can be found on the Mountains page of the Adventure section.

12/15/06: New photo galleries added!
Check out four more of Pete's adventures. A solo climb of Mount Adam's North Cleaver, a climb of Eldorado Peak's East Ridge, a climb of The Tooth's South Face, and a scramble up Lake Tahoe's Dicks Peak. Those galleries, and more, can be found on the Mountains page of the Adventure section.

12/11/06: New photo gallery added!
Check out Pete's latest adventure: a winter attempt on Pacific Peak's North Ridge. See the gallery on the Mountains page of the Adventure section, or open it directly here.

9/8/06: Pete in the New York Times
Pete was quoted in yesterday's New York Times, in the Thursday Styles section (9/7/06) in an article about communities and trail building. You can read the article here.

7/15/06: At the Mercy of the Mountains Delayed
The publishing of Pete's first book, At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks, has been postponed. Pete and his publisher, AMC Books, have terminated their agreement by mutual consent, and the publishing of the book will be delayed while Pete seeks another publisher for his project.

5/22/06: Award Winner!
Pete is a Merit Prize winner in the 2006 Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association Writing Award Competition. His award-winning article, "Waste to Water," appeared in the January 2005 issue of Golf Course Management, and chronicled a Texas golf course's dramatic environmental restoration of a five-acre waste bunker that was converted to a thriving wetland habitat. "Waste to Water" earned recognition in the "Writing for Commercial Publications: Environmental Stewardship Article" category. Congratulations to Golf Course Management, which took home four awards at this year's competition!

12/12/05: Award Winner!
Pete is a First Prize winner in the 2005 North American Travel Journalists Association Awards Competition. His award-winning article, “Paddler Profile: Eric Stiller – In the Big Apple,” appeared in the February 2005 issue of Sea Kayaker Magazine and earned top honors in the Personality Profile category. The competition is judged by the School of Art & Media Studies and the School of English, Philosophy & Humanities at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Read the article.

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