" Ticked a big one of today. It was the North West Face of the biggest peak in the area and has been on my mind since first seeing it 12 days ago. The face was clearly holding the best snow in the area and was one of the few spined up faces we have seen this trip. The hang up was that it spilled into some big open cracks. They were far down the outrun and after many looks at the face we had determined that it would take a major slide to make it to the cracks.
We have been hammering the snow-pack hard the last couple of days and have seen no activity. Our multiple pits also concluded we had a bomber snow pack. With a big storm in the forecast I knew today may be my only chance to get this line before the stability changed. The other factor was heating. I had to traverse a west face with multiple cornices looming over head. My plan was to start the traverse/hike early in the day when everything was locked in and crusted over.
I left my final island of safety at 11:30AM and the race was on. At exactly at 2:00PM I was standing on top of my line just as the first rays of light hit the face. By 3:30PM I was back to my safe spot. The whole process took about 20 well thought out steps but with proper planning I was able to mitigate my hazards.
It was a huge physical test because I was racing the clock and there was no real safe spots to rest so I was forced sprint most of the hike. I was exposed for over 4 hours and the physical and mental test was like nothing I have felt before.
The anti was way up today and I have never felt that small in my life. It was great to have Tom backing me up today and reconfirming that I was not crossing the line of good judgement. "
More infos: www.jeremyjones.net
“ We are finally out of the mountains after 27 days camped on the ice. It was the most incredible experience of my. The challenges were large but the rewards were larger. In 20 years of snowboarding I have never felt highs like I felt on this trip.
The trip was an experiment with a lot of question marks going into it and I am proud to say that it was a total success. We road world class lines in unexplored mountains with out the use of a helicopter. Living in the mountains at the base of our objectives gave me an intimacy with my surroundings that I have never felt before. We knew every layer of the snow-pack before we even went out because we lived threw the storms. It seemed like everyday I was learning something new in the mountains and doing things I have never done before.
We consistently had to back down on lines waiting for the right conditions because hiking the lines from the bottom up left no room for error. For the big lines we would be exposed for 3 to 5 hours as we hiked up the faces we would ride. With a heli you can limit your exposure to minutes.
Now I am in “shock” mode as I settle back into society. I will role out some journal entries and pics as time permits. Below is some highlights and a few pics from the first two days of filming:
-12 ft of snow fell while we were camped on the ice. (a 10 day storm, and a 5 day storm).
-We ate 100 pounds of Clif Products (45 kilos).
-Filmer Garry Pendergrass wins the “Toughest Bastard Award” for lasting the whole month in camp.
-Travis Rice was the MVP. Putting in 25 days with non stop energy and stoke.
-Tom Burt is truly the God Father of Big Mountain Riding and a huge reason for our success.
-Jonaven Moore is my favorite person in the world to ride with.
-I had 31 runs.
-Hiked 30,000 vertical feet.
-Rode 17 out of 18 days. (I missed the 10 day storm for Shane’s Funeral….Thanks Shane!)
-Climbed 3 major unnamed peaks and rode world epic lines off them.
- Named the biggest and baddest one Mount McConkey. ”
More infos: www.jeremyjones.net
“I came back from Lake Tahoe (USA) a few days ago. I was there only 10 days but I had great time shredding Americans snowparks with my friends! We had sunshine every day, and very good snow conditions! I was filming a little bit with my friend skier Marek Doniec, and he edited a nice video you can watch below…
Hope you will like it!”
Michal LIGOCKI aka “Brelok”
Watch all the video with other riders and skiers : HERE
Riders in this news : Xavier DE LE RUE
" After almost a week of sitting around in the room, we woke up yesterday with the greatest sunshine. Finally got up there and discovered that amazing terrain. Definitely perfect for what we're looking for.
It's been a long day out there with only 5 lines, mostly not really huge but some really cool actions. It's been kind of slower than usually with a completely new crew, and three riders (Johan Olofson, Kevin Jones and myself) with three different ways of seeing the terrain.
Usa guides have definitely a different way of working meaning that you have to gain their respect before you can be really feel their confidence in you. That's something that's really hard for me but I guess I have to adapt myself and it can only go better.
Alaska has been showing its true wild and nasty side with first of all the death of a french skier that got sluffed down into some cliffs. There's been two other accident but fortunately not deadly, and two really big avalanches.
It's hard to feel really free after all that but the good thing is that we take our time, and get slowly things done. AK is definitely a great but hard experience with as much intensity on a good day as you can have unintensity on all these down days. It's definitely a rhythm that you need to catch and get used to but it's totally worth it. It's really milky today so I don't really know if we're gonna fly. I guess we'll wait for it to get better... "
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