Blog: April 2010

pipe follow stick

blackcomb has been demo-ing a 22 foot cutter for the past few weeks and i've been loving it. everyone has been loving it. so fun having a good pipe at home. it's been years. hopefully we'll have a 22 foot pipe for next season.

here's a little clip of me riding said pipe with a gopro camera on a follow stick. it was definitely harder than i thought to keep my camera hand steady while doing tricks but i got a mellow run with it.

when i say mission...

it's been amazing around whistler lately! rode pow for over 2 weeks straight. it's been awesome, lots of time on the hill and in the backcountry exploring new terrain.

One of my missions, involved 2 days for me. I went up solo one day to check out a new zone and spent a few hours wandering up to treeline before heading down. The area looked awesome and the next day i grabbed a crew consisting of dave basterechea, kyle wolochatiuk and his girlfriend krista for a little mission to summit this zone.

To make a 12+ hour mission story short, we summited after 6-7 hours of climbing, we toured straight up heli tracks, dropped into the unknown and shredded it by headlamp, got some awesome powder turns in, found pillow lines, krista found a hole, and we all had a great time.

Some of my pics aren't loading up properly so i've got a few from kyle and dave.
more to come

kyle in the trees

kyle and me way down there, watching dave head straight up heli tracks

me cruisin up the last pitch

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no more skis!

garibaldi in the background, i have a totally different view of this mtn from my bedroom


dave making his way over to the spine

dropping into my line

me shreddin

dave's view of me

kyle's view

kyle on the spine line

me riding down. kyle and dave rode the sunny spine in the back, and i rode the face just lookers left

we found some pillows in the trees

krista got eaten by a pillow hole in the dark

shredding by headlamp!

kyle taking a break near the end of a long day.

solo splitboarding

one of my favorite things to do on a snowboard is check out new spots, especially at home. There's a lot of zones around whistler that can only be accessed by foot, so some days i cruise out by myself and get up there to see what's to be had.
yesterday was one of those days. Sounded like a mellow hike up to this zone. It turned into a really good slog. about 5 miles worth of breaking trail in 80cm of snow, losing the trail a few times, making my way around a maze of an unfrozen creek and dodging terrain traps through steep tight trees. I ended up being on the move for 8 hours straight. little bit more than i thought it would be, but scoped some new stuff and rode the most perfect tree line ever. can't wait to get back up there.

taking my board for a walk in the woods

big cedars

mushroom pillow or buried hut?

if you want in, start digging.

future objectives

creek maze

perfection! and a couple thousand feet of it.

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