Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs Audiobook, by Robert Cocuzzo Play Audiobook Sample

Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs Audiobook

Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs Audiobook, by Robert Cocuzzo Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: James Patrick Cronin Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781538511299

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Longest Chapter Length:

33:48 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

08:16 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

16:22 minutes

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Arguably the greatest extreme skier to ever live, Doug Coombs pioneered hundreds of first descents down the biggest, steepest, most dangerous mountains in the world―from the Grand Teton “Otter Body” in Jackson Hole; to Mount Vinson, the highest point in Antarctica; to far-flung drops such as Wyatt Peak in Kyrgyzstan. He graced magazine covers, wowed moviegoers, became the face of top ski companies, and ascended as the king of big-mountain extreme skiing. His place at the top was confirmed in 1991 when he won the very first World Extreme Ski Competition in Valdez, Alaska.

Now his story is told for the first time in Robert Cocuzzo’s Tracking the Wild Coomba. From the slopes of his childhood in New England; to the steep chutes of his early career in Montana and Wyoming; to the deep, avalanche-prone powder of his guiding years in Alaska; and, ultimately, to the terrifying terrain of the French Alps, Coombs’s greatness was in how he skied. What most people didn’t know was that Coombs skied so perfectly in part because he had no other choice―at the age of sixteen he crashed off a jump in New Hampshire and broke his neck. Doctors said it was a miracle he wasn’t paralyzed, and that another bad fall could kill him. Many believe it was this second chance that inspired the extraordinary life he led until his tragic death in 2006, the result of an attempted rescue of a fellow skier.

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“Doug Coombs had a huge impact on my life; much of my overall approach to mountains comes from his example. I am so grateful that, thanks to author Rob Cocuzzo, I now have the complete story of what influenced one of my biggest heroes.”

— Jeremy Jones, professional snowboarder 


  • “Doug Coombs was an inspiration to me and so many others on and off the mountain. Now, here is an insightful look at the life of a legend.”

    — Jimmy Chin, climber-photographer
  • “Cocuzzo accurately captures the amazing Doug and Emily Coombs that I knew [in the 1980s] and the myriad of Coombs ski stories.”

    — Bruce Tremper, author of Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain

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About Robert Cocuzzo

Robert Cocuzzo is a writer and editor. After studying English and history at the College of the Holy Cross and the University of St. Andrews, Cocuzzo became a US Coast Guard-certified charter boat captain and guided clients on the open Atlantic. He began his writing career during a winter-long backpacking trip in Patagonia. Shortly after returning, Cocuzzo became the editor of N Magazine, a lifestyle publication based on Nantucket Island. He now writes for a number of other publications and splits his time between Nantucket, Boston, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

About James Patrick Cronin

James Patrick Cronin began his audiobook career at twelve years of age opposite Christopher Lloyd in The Pagemaster. An Earphones Award–winning narrator, he has recorded over one hundred audiobooks across an extensive range of genres. A classically trained stage actor with an MFA from the University of Louisville and a degree in philosophy, he has spent his years since college performing as an actor and a comedian on stages all over the world. He has performed everything from the classics to original material in Ireland, Scotland, Serbia, and Israel, as well as all across the United States.