Taos, New Mexico is powerful vortex between the high desert and the Sangre de Cristo mountains that has become home for wave after wave of artists, hippies, mountain men and, of course, skiers. A few famous folks have found their way to this magical location, from Georgia O’Keeffe to Dennis Hopper. Drawn by the stunning landscape, the legendary light and a welcoming feel that has integrated culture after subculture into its diverse milieu of influences. For Eddie Bauer guide and 15-time Everest summitter Dave Hahn, the skiing provided the initial draw, but it was the mellow, welcoming vibe and the high-elevation location that turned Taos into his home.
Camera by Jon Mancuso, Edit by Karl Archer
Hahn spends more time in some Masai or Nepalese villages than his hometown, but when he lands back in New Mexico after guiding Everest, Denali or Vinson he eases back in with a day job as a Taos Ski Valley patroller and into a crew that shares his appreciation for the understated location. It’s the perfect place for him to decompress, reconnect and train for his next summit.
When we picked Taos for our second season of the Insider’s Guide, Hahn offered to show us around. Over the course of a week he provided us with his personal tour, which included a few scenic hikes, a little low-tide rafting, some local gems, a bonfire party at his house and an invitation to stick around when he left for his next summit. We captured it all for our Insider’s Guide series and this is your personal tour of his hometown. —LYA Editor
Thanks to all the folks in Taos, New Mexico that made this series possible, including Dave Hahn and Adriana Blake.
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