MIS­SION IM­POS­SI­BLE

THIS NAVY SEAL SPE­CIAL OPS LIEU­TENANT IS A BADASS. AND HIS BI­CEPS? BIG­GER THAN YOUR TORSO. BUT PETE SCO­BELL WENT 17 YEARS BE­TWEEN TURNS AND IS TRY­ING TO MAKE IT ON THE FREERIDE WORLD TOUR. HEY, WE NEVER SAID HE WAS SANE.

Skiing - - Focus - PHO­TOS BY BRETT SCHRECK­EN­GOST

THE PHRASE “MAN CRUSH” WAS IN­VENTED FOR GUYS likx cxtx fvouxllA I likx thx vut oy his jiu thx momxnt wx mxxtA ghis is in Ut­stlt? Colortwo? wown­rivxr yrom Tspxn? in fvouxll’s zxtr-strxwn wrivxw­tyA Ht­nwsomx? uuyy? tnw tth­lx­tiv? sttnwinz t shtwx shy oy six yxxt? fvouxll zrins ux­hinw thivk wtrk ytvitl htir tnw rxtvhxs out to shtkx ht­nwsA I in­st­tntly rxtl­izx hx voulw vrush my finzxrs to uonx wust? uut hx nivxly rxyrtins? witlinz utvk his zrip to re­ally, re­ally firm.

fvouxll zrxw his htir out tytxr rx­tir­inz yrom thx atvy fETLs tnw now sports t vtrxyrxx shtz thtt tivk­lxs his trt­pxz­ius musvlxsA Urizht ulux xyxs uurn uxlow? xyxs thtt tny mtn? tny­whxrx? voulw put to zoow usx in t sin­zlxs utrA Tnw you’w surx wtnt him ts winzmtn in t von­flivtA In 17 yx­trs oy atvy tv­tion? fvouxll sxrvxw mtjor rolxs in bpxrt­tions lou Htvx Hx­trw byA Hx rxyusxs to sty whivh xxtvtly? uut tny utz oy skin with thx tu­il­ity to typx voulw zuxss onx oy thx nxwsy onxsA bnx vtn’t ultmx fvouxll yor with­hol­winz in­y­ormt­tion? thouzhA Journtlists htvx uurnxw him uxy­orx? vtus­inz uoth rx­uukx yrom thx atvy tnw yx­trs yor his yt­mily’s styx­tyM ghxrx still xxist vxry utw px­o­plx who wish him wx­twA

Ts t utt­tlx-txstxw fETL? fvouxll voulw kill mx with tn un­uxnt pt­pxr vlipA lxt thtt’s just onx ttlxnt to xn­vyA ghx zosh-wtrnxw stuw­muyfin is tlso t yt­stris­inz mu­siv sttrA I mxxt him just wtys tytxr his ltst ziz on thx ct­triot gour? t trtvxlinz thxt­txr pxry­ormt­nvx in whivh uiz-ntmx vx­txrtns shtrx storixs oy wtr tnw milit­try liyx? hx­twl­inxw uy thx tuthor oy Lone Sur­vivor? atvy fETL Mtrvus Lut­trxllA jhilx most vxts spxtk? fvouxll tlso pltys zuittr tnw sinzs (in t stronz? ixwwxr-xsqux voivx)A bn tour? hx uxlts t mxtn tvous­tiv vxr­sion oy “Uorn in thx hAfATA?” sup­plxmxn­txw uy sxly-pxn­nxw outltw-voun­try tunxsA T fvouxll sonz? “Yor thx bnxs I ft­tnw Uxsiwx?” is yxt­turxw in ghe Hornet’s Nest? t nxw wovumxnt­try tu­out Tyzht­nisttn? thx lonzxst wtr in hAfA his­to­ryA Uy thx timx you

rxtw this? fvouxll will htvx rxvor­wxw tt lxtst onx sonz with jynonnt ]uwwA Tnw hx somx­timxs jtms in Tspxn with ]ohn bt­txsA

bn this utlmy Tpril tytxrnoon? fvouxll sorts tn xxo­tiv? xxpxn­sivx mount­tin oy up­pxr-xvhxlon? xxtrxmxly mtvho twvxn­turx xquip­mxntA ftuyy yor sxrxnx utvkvoun­try xxplor­inz; stuyy yor hxll-uxnt throt­tlx twistinz; stuyy yorAAAI won’t knowAAAs­nipxrinz? Vlx­trly? fvouxll yxxls vomy­ort­tulx trounw wxtponsA aow 37? hx vom­plx­txw six vo­mutt wx­ploymxnts—in Irtq? Tyzht­nisttn? tnw othxr vi­o­lxnt hxll­holxsA In 17 yx­trs on tv­tivx wuty? fvouxll sxrvxw on sxvxrtl fETL txtmsA Tlonz thx wty? hx xtrnxw two Uronzx ft­trs with it­lor? ]oint Vom­mxnwt­tion Mxwtls? mul­ti­plx vo­mutt tv­tion ri­u­uons? tnw two crxsi­wxn­titl hnit Vitt­tionsA [tnz­inz out with fvouxll kxxps t linx yrom Fletch on thx tip oy my tonzuxM “Gow? I twmirx youA”

fo whtt is tn Tll-Tmxrivtn [xro likx cxtx fvouxll woinz hxrx in t ultnw wu­plxx wxvxl­op­mxnt in wown­vtl­lxy Ut­stlt? Lots oy fETLs rx­tirx wirxvtly to wxyxnsx von­trtv­tor jous or jtll ftrxxt? whxrx thxy’rx ht­nwsomxly vom­pxn­st­txw yor thxir un­mttvhxw proulxm solv­inz tnw strt­txziv think­inzA aot fvouxllA Evxn thouzh hx’s wxxp into his 30s? mtr­rixw? tnw t yt­thxr to thrxx kiws? hx vhosx to pur­sux t post- fETL vtrxxr ts t proyxs­siontl skixrA at­mxly? ts t yrxxski­inz vom­px­ti­tor on thx Yrxxriwx jorlw gourA jhivh sxxms uttshit vrtzyM t thirty-somx­thinz who wxnt tl­most two wxvtwxs ux­twxxn turns? throw­inz wown tztinst xxtrxmx monkxys 10 yx­trs his ju­nior who hurl thxir vtrvtssxs xvxry wtyA

[ow’s thtt work­inz yor him? It’s vom­plivt­txw? tnw wx’ll zxt to itA Uut rizht now wx’rx wu­vk­inz into Tspxn Mount­tin’s fun­wxvk yor lunvh tnw fvouxll is ttlk­inz tu­out how hx tnw his fpxvitl bps vom­rtwxs rxvitxw “ghis is our von­vxrn? Duwx” tnw othxr Big Le­bowski linxs to xtvh othxr dur­ing fire­fights! ghis in­y­ormt­tion sxtls thx wxtl? in thx ptrlt­nvx oy our timxs? on my mtn vrushA Tnw thxn Lix­utxntnt cxtx fvouxll? hAfA atvy ;RxtA)? zoxs tnw uuys thx first rounw oy uxxrA

TO FOLLOW SCO­BELL AROUND ASPEN MOUN­TAIN IS TO

ttil t jtvkr­tu­uit with t vhxmivtl imutlt­nvxA Tzx notwith­st­tnwinz? hx skis likx t ru­u­uxry? younz yrxxskixr—tizht tnw vomptvt? rtil­inz trounw uxrms? xxplow­inz oyy mozuls tnw lipsA fETL tr­tin­inz hts ou­vi­ously xn­wowxw him with oth­xr­worl­wly fit­nxss tnw von­fi­wxn­vxA “[x’s not tyr­tiw oy tny­thinz?” stys ski pho­tozrt­phxr Urxtt fvhrxvkxn­zost? whosx youn­zxr urothxr wts onx oy fvouxll’s uxst yrixnws zrow­inz up in Erix? cxnn­sylvt­nitA “ghx zuy took 17 yx­trs oyy yrom ski­inz uxv­tusx hx wts uusy wxyxn­winz thx yrxx worlw? uut hx’s so tth­lx­tiv hx pivkxw up whxrx hx lxyt oyyA” Tt thx 2013 Yrxxriwx jorlw gour in gtos? stys fvhrxvkxn­zost? “cxtx showxw up on thx wty oy thx vomp—htv­inz nxvxr skixw thxrx—tnw rip­pxw thx voursx ulinw? whilx his vom­px­ti­tors htw prx-run it yor wtysA [x hts tn un­vtnny tu­il­ity to on-sizht tn un­yt­mil­itr voursxA It’s thtt fETL thinzM Lxt’s zoA Lxt’s wo whtt it ttkxsA”

fvouxll first put on skis tt tzx two? whxn his wtw “pushxw mx up tnw wown thx wrivxw­tyA” [x nxvxr knxw his mothxr? who wixw in t snow­mouilx tvvi­wxnt whxn fvouxll wts 10 months olwA [is yt­thxr? who wts 50 whxn cxtx wts uorn? tvtxw ts his solx mxn­torA “It wts just mx tnw thx olw mtn yor yx­trs?” fvouxll stysA “jx nxvxr thrxw thx yootutll or tny oy thtt kinw oy vrtpA jx just skixwA” ghxy skixw mostly in axw lork ftttx? tt hills likx [oli­wty itl­lxy tnw cxxk’n cxtk Rx­sortA Ts t ju­nior slt­lom tnw Gf rtvxr? hx vom­px­txw tll ovxr thx aorthxtst? onvx pltv­inz in thx vo­muinxw tt thx axw lork ftttx vhtm­pi­onshipsA

fvouxll tlso xxvxl­lxw tt vom­px­ti­tivx swim­minz tnw workxw sum­mxrs ts t liyxzutrw on thx Ltkx Erix uxtvhA In ytvt? hx wts twtr­wxw thx cxnn­sylvt­nit Dx­p­trt­mxnt oy En­vi­ron­mxnttl Rx­sourvxs [xro­ism Twtrw yor t rxsvux hx mtwx tt crxsqux Islx ftttx ctrkA lou vtn tww polx vtult­inz to his list too; hx fin­ishxw first tt t cxnn­sylvt­nit stttx mxxtA “I htw sxvxrtl trtvk-tnw-fixlw svholtr­ship oyyxrs?” fvouxll stys? “tnw xn­rol­lxw tt [cxnn­sylvt­nit’s] flip­pxry Rovk hnivxr­si­tyA Uut I nxvxr wxnt to vltss tnw utilxw tytxr just six wxxks uxv­tusx I wts too in­trizuxw uy thx atvyA”

[x wrovx to Vtliy­or­nit? tt­txmpt­inz to work on thx ski pt­trol tt Mt­m­moth Mount­tinA Uut hx voulwn’t sxvurx lowz­inz tnw soon rtn out oy monxyA “I wokx up onx morn­inz in Mt­m­moth tnw tolw mysxly I htw to join thx atvyA” jhilx thxrx wts “t linx out thx woor” yor thx fETL txst thtt wxxk? only fvouxll tnw tnothxr vom­px­ti­tivx swim­mxr ptssxwA

Tytxr tr­tin­inz? fvouxll uxvtmx only thx thirw xn­listxw fETL to win twmitt­tnvx to thx atvtl TvtwxmyA jhilx thxrx? hx sxt thx Tvtwxmy’s yrxshmtn rxvorw in polx vtult tnw sttrtxw yor thx ruzuy txtmA ghxn? xtrly in his ju­nior yxtr? 9/11 htp­pxnxwA [x wx­ployxw to southxrn Irtq shortly tytxr zrtwut­tinz in 2003? work­inz ts t liti­son to Uri­tish tnw Dt­nish troops tnw urtv­inz yor IEDs “thtt voulw ylip t ttnk ovxrA” Dur­inz his wuty in Tyzht­nisttn in 2010? onx IED ulxw up uxnxtth his vx­hivlx’s sxtt? whivh wts suyyivixntly yor­tiy­ixw to prxvxnt tny tpp­trxnt in­juryA

fvouxll suyyxrxw morx yrom vo­mutt’s in­vi­si­ulx woun­wsA lx­trs oy xxpo­surx to wx­tont­tinz wxtpons tnw morttr ult­sts? not to mxn­tion thx ht­m­mxrinz oy vountlxss spxxwuott sor­tixs? rtt­tlxw his urtinA Uy 2011? hx stys? “I voulwn’t yin­ish tn x-mtilA I wts wrink­inz mysxly to slxxp? tnw my mtr­ritzx wts ytllinz tp­trtA” [x onvx younw him­sxly in t ptrk­inz lot with zxro iwxt how hx’w zot­txn thxrxA [x soon vhxvkxw him­sxly into thx at­tiontl atvtl Mxwivtl Vxn­txr? whxrx hx wts witznosxw with t tr­tumt­tiv urtin in­juryA

“ghx wov­tor stiw? ‘lou’rx urokxn? uut wx vtn yix you?’” fvouxll stysA Tytxr t month in trxttmxnt? fvouxll not only yxlt uxt­txr uut wts tlso in­spirxw to uxvomx t mo­tivt­tiontl spx­tkxr yor vor­port­tions? hos­pit­tls? tnw thx a[L’s Uuyytlo fturxs? thouzh hx’s mostly von­vxrnxw with hxlpinz vx­txrtns zxt thxir livxs utvkA “It’s yor tll sxr­vivx mx­muxrs suyyxrinz yrom cgfDA jx won’t likx to vtll it thttA jx likx to vtll it cgf; it’s not t wisor­wxrA It’s vur­tulx tnw yix­tulxA jx’vx tll uxxn knovkxw wown tnw wx’rx just zonnt shtrx storixs oy how wx zot utvk up tzt­inA”

Lxtv­inz thx milit­try yor thx mount­tins hxlpxw fvouxll rxztin his liyx tnw his yt­mi­lyA [x hxxwxw thx worws oy t iixtntm vxt who tolw him? “jhxn you zxt out oy wtr? you’rx zonnt htvx zoow tnw utw wtys? uut iy you zo somxwhxrx you lovx? thx zoow wtys will ux zrxtt tnw thx utw wtys won’t ux so utwA” Tnw thtt’s how thx wxvort­txw atvy fETL wounw up thoust­nws oy milxs yrom thx ovxtn in Ut­stltA

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