Coolest Guy on the Mountain
One of the greatest privileges of this gig has been getting to know Andy Campbell. It is undeniable that he is the coolest guy on the mountain. He rips on a sitski which is an accomplishment on it’s own. But when you add the fact that he learned to ski AFTER his accident, it is head-scratchingly impressive. As a career soldier in his life before mountaining, he went on countless tours to combat zones. Andy would be the first to tell you that life threw him a curve ball in April of 2004, but he is as much a hero now as he was then, albeit for different reasons.
All things considered he shouldn’t be here now. In retrospect, Andy admits that there have been many a scenario that could have been the end of him. However, there is nothing fatalistic about him. His motto, “Die Living,” says it all. To him, every day is a gift that should not to be wasted. His athletic prowess is seriously admirable, but what sets Andy apart is his irrepressible attitude. The guy LOVES life.
Recently he and I met to ski together. Our shared love for the mountains made us colleagues, but it is the deep respect that I have for him as a human being that made us friends. He is most definitely the coolest guy on the mountain.
This video is a lighthearted project I put together chronicling a powder day with Andy. Enjoy- I know I did!
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