Cody Townsend to Ski All 50 Classic Descents in North America: Watch

Nobody has ever skied all 50 classic ski descents in North America. Cody Townsend plans to do just that. This video kicks off a series with a descent off Denali.

“The FIFTY” is Cody Townsend‘s new series. He will attempt to ski a new descent every two weeks, with videos for each line. This one starts with a bang, as Townsend skis one of the hardest couloirs to reach: the Messner Couloir on Denali.

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Cody Townsend, Bjarne Salen Rescue Skier After Near-Fatal Fall in Couloir
After descending a dramatic ski line, Cody Townsend and Bjarne Salen saw a skier plummet down a cliff face nearby. If it weren't for them, this fallen skier may have died. Read more…

Nate Mitka

Midwest born, Nate Mitka is based in the GearJunkie Denver office. He is an advocate of all outdoor activities and has developed some habits, like running without headphones, eating raw vegetables, and fixing the chain on his ratty old bike.