Cody Townsend’s web series “The Fifty” is back just in time to get you stoked for winter. The web series, which launched last season, chronicles Townsend’s attempt to climb and ski all 50 lines featured in the book, “The 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America.”
Each episode gives viewers a chance to journey along with Townsend up and down the most iconic ski lines in North America while providing insight into backcountry decision-making, planning, and how to navigate the backcountry safely from experts who have dedicated their lives to the mountains.
Catch up: Watch The Fifty Episode 13
The new season kicks off with Episode 14 which follows Townsend as he tackles Jackson’s Middle Teton. Nestled in the mountains of Wyoming, this route boasts an elevation of 12,804’ and 6116’ of vertical gain. Townsend is joined on this adventure by professional alpinists and guides Mark and Janelle Smiley, who have climbed 48 of the 50 peaks detailed in the classic climbing guide “The 50 Classic Climbs of North America.” While sending the classic East Face of the Middle Teton, Townsend and the Smileys talk struggles, triumphs and the mental mindset required of alpinists who set lofty goals and inherently must face the possibility of failure.