The Bookworm hosts meet and greet with author of book about Doug Coombs, Nov. 10 | VailDaily.com

The Bookworm hosts meet and greet with author of book about Doug Coombs, Nov. 10

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EDWARDS — The Bookworm of Edwards will take a look into the legendary life of Doug Coombs today, with a discussion led by Robert Cocuzzo, author of "Tracking the Wild Coomba." The event is part of The Bookworm's month of Ski Legends, with a lineup that includes visits from Lindsey Vonn and Chris Anthony.

Like many others, Cocuzzo was fascinated by Coombs' legacy. There are extreme skiers, and then there was Coombs. Arguably the greatest adventure skier to ever live, Coombs pioneered hundreds of first descents down the biggest, steepest, most dangerous mountains in the world and had an incredible record of his extreme ventures.

Coombs 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 Championships in Valdez, Alaska.

Leaving a legacy

Yet perhaps Coombs' greatest legacy was as a guide, leading people on wild adventures and giving them the best days of their lives. This is the legacy that Cocuzzo wished to capture. The intimate, meet-and-greet style of The Bookworm event will allow fellow fans of Coombs a more personal discussion with Cocuzzo and the stock of stories he came across in his research.

Cocuzzo is a writer and editor. After studying English and history at the College of the Holy Cross and the University of St. Andrews, he became a U.S. 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. Shorty after returning, Cocuzzo became the editor of N Magazine, a lifestyle publication based on the island of Nantucket. He now writes for a number of other publications and splits his time between Nantucket, Boston and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

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There were many inspiring moments Cocuzzo found in his in-depth research, but the most inspiring image was with him from the project's beginning to the end. This photo actually made it to the front cover of his book.

"This photo shot by Larry Prosor has been seared into my brain since the very beginning," Cocuzzo said. "The poster hung over my desk throughout the writing of 'Tracking the Wild Coomba,' standing as a constant reminder of how truly awe-inspiring Doug Coombs was in the mountains. It captures his courage, his creativity and his uncanny ability to see possibility in the impossible. To have this image grace the cover of Coombs's biography is a dream come true."

If you go …

What: Meet and greet with Robert Cocuzzo, author of “Tracking the Wild Coomba.”

When: 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10.

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards, 295 Main St., Riverwalk at Edwards.

Cost: Free.

More information: Call 970-926-7323, or visit http://www.bookwormofedwards.com.