Jeremy JONES exclusive report: Alaska, Going DEEPER !

Jeremy JONES
Apr 09, 2009

Jeremy JONES exclusive report: Alaska, Going DEEPER !

Riders in this news :   ; Xavier DE LE RUE

Jeremy JONES has put together with TGR a two years video project in order to explore all aspects of Freeriding. He has schedule to come visit Europe to ride with Xavier DE LE RUE in Chamonix (France) in May. Right now he is in AK to explore new terrain!

" I have put together the ultimate crew for the ultimate challenge; ride first descents in uncharted terrain accessed on foot.  Myself, Travis Rice, Jonaven Moore, and Johan Olofson, with the help of Tom Burt will set out to ride first descents far from the heli boundaries in Haines. Chris Edmunds, Gary Pendergrass and Dan Milner will document the experiment.


The first order of business was to find our home.  There is so much radical terrain that picking one spot is hard.  Everywhere is new.  Picking a spot is like picking a ski resort out of one of the best ranges in the world and doing it in an hour.  Does it have small, lines, big lines, a place to land the plane, multiple aspects, the right elevation, and negotiable bergchrunds and glaciers?

It is all new.  A new mode to access these mountains. The big question is “can it be done?  Can we go out and ride world class lines in Alaska with out a helicopter?”  For 15 years all my riding in Alaska has revolved around a helicopter.  I have this world dialed.  I can go from hotel room, to helicopter, to riding spines quicker then almost anyone in the world.  This skill set has given me this amazing world of professional snowboarding.  Now I am taking away my biggest tool, the helicopter.


Why don’t I keep turning out video parts like I did in the past?  I did 5 last season.  I could focus on one this year, make it awesome, people would cheer, I would keep getting paid.  It is safer, requires less time away from my family and way less energy.  This was the original goal, ride sick lines, star in movies. But after appearing in over 45 movies something strange happened along the way.  I am almost embarrassed to say.  I am no longer being full filled.  It started turning into a job.  I was not coming home bouncing off the walls.  I think the root of the problem is that I was riding the same stuff over and over.  It would be the day of days and I would be standing on a line I stood on 5 years ago.


I enjoyed it but I was missing that all encompassing obsession.  That feeling I got on my first reel turn in my backyard, my first run in Valdez or my first few years exploring Haines with no one else around. I could get this with a heli but it would take the mother off all lines.  Huge exposure, shooting sluffs and hairball speeds.  On a good trip this would happen once.


Changing the rules, going on foot, stepping outside the safety bubble, exploring new terrain.  This is how I get off now and I do it with ease.  I am a cheep drunk on foot.


I wish it were easier.  I wish I could keep doing the same thing to achieve my highs but I do not make the rules.  My brain needs new things and new challenges.  This winter we have had good luck ripping the hard to reach lines in the lower 48.  Is it a pipe dream to try and do it in Alaska?  Did I bite off more then I can chew?  There are seven other people I have sold the dream to.  Hopefully we can turn this dream into reality ! "

Jeremy

We suggest you to go visit his blog to follow him up during the season www.jeremyjones.net.

It's well written and the pictures are nice!

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