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03/Jun/2009

Jeremy JONES: DEEPER - The Alps: Going for Gold...

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“The hike to our bivouac was supposed to take 2 to 3 hours.  An exposed knife edge ridge turned into 6.  I thought for sure we were lost only to find the bivouac, a glorified portaledge, bolted to the side of the cliff.  I guess this is their way of crowd control over here.  Sleeping was pretty much useless.  I have never slept this high and with Mont Blanc out the front door cleaning itself every ten minutes the energy was like nothing I have felt before.


We dropped into the abyss at 3AM and hopes were high.  We had given the face an extra day to set up because it was more loaded from the last storm then expected.  The forecast was for clear skies but it was wrong.  The night was not cold and clear and the mountains had not locked up like we needed them to.  By 5 AM we were at our point of no return.  As much as we wanted to push on it was clear things were too warm.  This was confirmed by the distant sound of snow or ice crumbling down the mountain.


With colder temps in the forecast we retraced our steps and headed to lower ground.  Our three days of dealing left us empty handed but our hopes are high for another attempt in a few days…“


Jeremy JONES


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02/Jun/2009

Jeremy JONES: DEEPER - The Alps, "Extreme Camp"...

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“Standing at the bottom of the line a was feeling sick.  No amount of water could wet my pallet and I started to wonder if I might throw up or crap my pants.  Xavier DE LE RUE was pointing up to a line that he wanted us to hike and climb and I was not feeling it.  It required a 200 foot ice climb up to a hanging, very exposed, snow field.  To ride it safely would require a rappel in the middle of the line.


“I will follow you up to the crux and if I am not feeling it I will belay you,” I told Xavier.  With a lightened pack on my back I started feeling good as I approached the ice climb.  Xavier led the charge and placed solid protection the whole way up.  I followed and felt great.  For the sketchy parts we were protected and then once on the hanging face the snow was still frozen and made for great climbing.  It just shows that with the proper gear lines like this are totally doable.


The last two days we have been climbing and riding some smaller lines.  We are hoping to hit a big face that tops out at just above 14,000 ft.  It is a serious face that would put our skills to the test.  We have been hiking hard up high and sleeping up high to get acclimatized.  Every run I learn something new.  Nothing comes easy in these mountains and you can not let your guard down at any point.”


Jeremy JONES


More infos: www.jeremyjones.net

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02/Jun/2009

VIDEO: INTERCREW 2009 shot on Red !

Riders in this news :   ;   ; Thomas GERIN

Intercrew 2009 shot on RED

 

Here a new video from the 2009 INTERCREW, this great event organised by Brynild VULIN and his friends of Wise Ride, in Chamrousse (France). Shoted on RED, we can see many riders of Rossignol Team: Brynild VULIN, Thomas GERIN, Dimitri BIAU, Enzo NILO, Nate JOHNSTONE…

Watch & Enjoy!

Production: TETES A CLAPS - Paris (Red owner)
Support : WYDIWYG (Red owner) - WATCH IT (grip)
Music : MGMT "Kids"

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Xavier & Jeremy
28/May/2009

Jeremy JONES: DEEPER, An Alps all Nighter...

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“ Xavier has been showing me pictures of this one line for a few months and it was finally in form.  In order to hit it we would have to hike 6600 vertical feet before the sun heated up the face.  Our big hazard at this time of year is heating.  On clear nights the snow freezes solid and as the day warms up the snow heats up and by the afternoon avalanches start pouring down the mountains.  Because of this we do our hiking in the dark and are riding at first light. This was especially important because to hit this line we would have to hike over major exposure for over an hour to get to the peak.


To be safe we started our hike just after dinner at 10pm.  With no moon and thick woods to start we were lost instantly.  I raging river was our savior and it allowed us to hop on the rocks, gain altitude and get above treeline.  Once on the snow hours melted together and hardly a word was spoken between us.   On the glacier we roped, turned our headlamps on high and weaved our way to the base of the line.  Twilight hit just as we reached the first bergchrund and from there the race was on.


I had been pacing myself all night but once I got on the final pitch over the exposure I gave it everything I had so I could limit my time on the hanging snowfield.  The conditions were perfect; the snow was still cold but soft and just after 8 AM we dropped into our line…”


Jeremy JONES


More infos: www.jeremyjones.net

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27/May/2009

Jeremy JONES: DEEPER, the Alps Project !

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“ Europe has been a annual stop for me since fist coming here over fifteen years ago.  From the first time I laid eyes on these mountains until now I have been blown away at the size.  Stack Jackson Hole on top of Whistler or times Snowbird by three or four and you get the idea.


Contests, team photo shoots or sales meetings have been the focus of my pasts trips to Europe and although I have had some amazing days riding in Europe I have yet to really feel what it is like to ride the big lines here.  The place has always freaked me out and all of my riding has been with in ear shot of the lift.


A big reason why I have not gotten on the huge faces is that I am always here in winter.  The time to get after the high north faces is May and June when the snow levels rise and the snow starts to stick to the usually icy north faces.  In the past I would be shelled from Alaska at this time of year and thawing out on a warm beach working on my bottom turn.  The last few years I have realized that the late spring is the time to hit the big steep lines so I have been starting my season later and taking it into June.


Another thing I learned early on coming to Europe is to hook up with the locals.  At first I would come over with a big group of Americans and we would stumble around Europe stuck on the tourist track and missing the true feeling of the place.  I am very lucky to have many close friends over here.  One of them is Xavier DE LE RUE.  He is the hardest charging big mountain rider I have seen in many years and we have a like minded approach to the mountains.


One thing I do not have figured out is jet-lag.  It hurts and there is no real trick to dealing with it.  We just arrived and are getting are feet on the ground before getting after it… “


Jeremy JONES


More infos: www.jeremyjones.net

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