Creator, trickster, ancestor, prophet, protector, teacher, harbinger — the raven has an illustrious, international reputation in folklore, religion, literature and beyond. Versatile and cosmopolitan, the raven is equally happy in the city or the country, at sea level or in the mountains. Regardless, raven is friendly, talkative, impervious to the cold and a stalwart of the mountain community.
For ski mountaineers the raven has special significance. In the stark, white loneliness of a winter summit, one wonders, “am I meant to be here?” But the solitary raven’s uncanny ability to appear out of the clouds and circle your position, seems to convey a heartwarming approval — an encouraging reminder of the notion that ravens watching over us are the souls of fellow skiers we’ve lost in the mountains.
Trucker: black brim - black mesh - snapback - ages 5-13