Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs
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About the Author
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.
I am so pleased that Tracking the Wild Coomba exists to honor a wonderful human being, Doug Coombs. I'm thrilled and moved by every word of it. I only knew Doug briefly but what an indelible impression he left.--Mark Obenhaus, director of STEEP
The title of Rob Cocuzzo's exhilarating book on the extreme skier Doug Coombs says it all: Like Peter Matthiessen's classic The Snow Leopard, it's a personal tale of an inspired search for an exotic creature. Despite the danger, thrill-seeking skiers were in very good hands on guided tours with Coombs. You might say the same about Cocuzzo's meticulous descent into the life of the 'Wild Coomba.'--James Sullivan, author of Island Cup
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
By traveling to the places that made Doug famous, Cocuzzo is able to paint a remarkable portrait of the man. This beautiful narrative achieves the original goal he set out to accomplish. I was instantly engrossed by the story.--Jonathan Desabris "Teton Gravity Research "
I found myself glued to this book for hours with my heart rate up a few beats the entire time. Author Robert Cocuzzo's incredible research combined with his own personal experience tells a story that will leave you more inspired, educated, motivated and wanting to be a little bit more like Doug Coombs.--Alex Knuuttunen "SnowBrains "
A rich slice of ski history and culture as well as an intimate glimpse into the life of a man who changed the sport forever. As inspiring as it is tragic, Tracking the Wild Coomba is not only a tribute to Coombs but also a guide to living well. As Coombs often said, "You don't know if you don't go."--Kelley McMillan "Skiing Magazine "
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 "National Geographic "
You don't have to be a skier to fall under the spell of this masterfully told tale of adventure, tragedy, and redemption. Rob Cocuzzo's Tracking the Wild Coomba is a thrilling, unputdownable read.--Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea
Doug Coombs had a huge impact on my life; much of myoverall 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, snowboarding pioneer
The book is part biography, part first-person journey and follows in the footsteps of Doug Coombs, the extraordinary skier who called Jackson Hole home. If you've never heard the name it's an insightful look into his life, and for those who did know him it's a walk down memory lane.--Erik Dahlby "Jackson Hole News & Guide "
Tracking the Wild Coomba affected me profoundly. I laughed, and I cried. I was transported back to a special time--a time and a person I will never forget. In my own career, I only want to create imagery that evokes emotion. So I really appreciated Rob's effort, and for all the emotion that Tracking the Wild Coomba evoked in me.--Ace Kvale, photographer
Tracking the Wild Coomba is a thrilling read -- a re-tracing of the sometimes terrifying tracks of a legendary skier. It's also a joy to read, thanks to the beautiful writing of Rob Cocuzzo. His admiration for Doug Coombs comes across in every page, as does his enviable sense of adventure.--Jeremy Hobson, host of NPR's Here and Now