Wild timing, Sting posting up the USGS map of recent tremors at/near six Pacific Ring of Fire volcanoes. The only other time we covered activity at that many volcanoes in a single post was when two time World Champion skier, Chris Davenport, slayed 15 in 14 days. We’ve been hoping our friend would come back for more. Well, today, the Snow Troopers are beyond stoked to announce that big mountain legend, Chris Davenport is set to return to Washington for Subaru Vertfest at Alpental, Feb. 14-15, 2015. Subaru Vertfest is fast becoming the largest national backcountry festival in America. Its Monika Johnson Memorial Rally randonee race is attended by world class athletes who describe the course at Alpental to be one of the nation’s most challenging. It is also the nation’s only rando race with a heavyweight “Clydesdale” (220 lbs & up) division sponsored by the Snow Troopers. Last year, 140 hard cores and fun loving AT friends tested their mettle against Alpental’s steep slopes for ultimate AT glory. This year, they will do so in the presence of one of the world’s greatest ski mountaineers, Chris Davenport. Do not miss this opportunity to meet the legend in person, hear about his Ring of Fire tour (details to follow), get expert advice on Kastle & Scarpa gear and maybe ski a lap. Chris’ presence will certainly be a highlight of Vertfest and a highlight for all Snow Troopers. He was the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000+ ft peaks in less than a year and has skied all over the world including Mt. Everest, Antarctica, etc. Chris’ adventures have been chronicled in his book Ski the 14ers and Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America. You can see and learn more about Chris in his Faces of Dav web series currently showing on Red Bull TV (New Episode #4 tomorrow) (a ‘must see’ for all aspiring athletes and snow enthusiasts alike) and >30 Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions ski films. Save the dates, spread the word, join all Alpentalics and Snow Troopers in welcoming Chris Davenport to his first Subaru Vertfest, Feb. 14-15, 2015. Chris is looking forward to meeting everyone. Subaru Vertfest is presented by Outdoor Research and supported by Alpental and Pro Guiding Service, with proceeds going to the Northwest Avalanche Center. Live to ski another day!