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WATCH: The FIFTY - The Patriarch

Deep in the Montana wilderness lies a legendary line. The line, The Patriarch, sits deep in a rocky cleft on the cliff-strewn north face of Glacier Peak. Chocked full of exposure, steeps, and overhead hazards, Cody Townsend is joined by two of the world's best ski mountaineers, Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison, to navigate this technical and dangerous line. On an unusually cold late spring day, they're met with sub-zero temps, rocky rappels, and butt-puckering steeps en route to a successful ascent and descent of a line that rarely gets skied.


The FIFTY is a project following Cody Townsend as he attempts to climb and ski all fifty of the lines and mountains chronicled in the book, "The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America". The series documents Townsend's journeys, travels, challenges, and each line and mountain listed in the book. It's a journey through the most majestic mountains and ski lines in North America along with a unique insight into how skiers make decisions in the backcountry, how they plan, navigate, and safely move through the mountains along with the people that dedicate their lives to the mountains.

Line #1: Messner Couloir

Line #2: Mt. Superior

Line #3: Terminal Cancer

Line #4: Hypodermic Needle

Line #5: Mt. Currie

Line #6: Aemmer Couloir

Line #7: Joffre Peak

Line #8: The Sphinx

Line #9: Spearhead Traverse

Line #10: Giant Steps Couloir

Line #11: Grand Teton

Line #12: Landry Line

Line #13: Middle Teton

Lines #14-15: North Maroon & Holy Cross Couloir

Line #16: Mt. Tukuhnikivatz

Line #17: Wilson Peak

Lines #18-19: Meteorite Mountain & Pontoon Peak

Line #20: Watson Traverse

Line #21: Mt. Shasta

Line #22: Mt. Timpanogos

Line #23: Mt. Washington

Line #24: Mt. Shuksan

Line #25: McGown Peak

Line #26: The Sickle

Line #27: Mt. Moran

Lines #28-30: Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, & El Dorado Peak

Line #31: Mt. Stimson

Line #32: Castle Peak

Line #33: Mt. Whitney

Line #34: Devil’s Bedstead

Line #35: Silver Couloir

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