We have a few expeditions in mind for the 2016-2017 winter in which we will be creating unique content. All of our options are built upon the experience we have gained together over the past 15 years and are pending on how the snowpack stacks. By building off our previous expeditions we are able to maximize your support and get the most out of our pooled resources. Our ideas are pending upon the resources we can gather this summer leading up to them. Each trip will be documented via story telling, video edits, and gear features. We have also formed partnerships with professional photographers like, HagePhoto, Zach Clanton, G. Brad Lewis, and Jim Harris. All of these missions have been dreams we are building into realities thanks to the collective contributions of supporters like Frequency.
As a part of a larger brand story for Backcountry Living a lot of this content will be encompassed by a backstory of human connections. We are sharing how the connection between friends (and spouses, family, community) can be the "human factor" that keeps us in check and helps to avoid the common human mistakes that end so many lives in the snow community each year.
Talkeetnas to The Alaska Range
Exploring in the Alaska Range has been the highlight of our season for a few years running. A partnership with Matt and Agnes Hage will speak to the extreme connection between spouses as backcountry partners. We will be exploring a rare Alaskan hut system in the Talketna range and linking lines in between. Then we will fly into a glacier camp in the Chugach range to join forces with our longtime friend Zach Clanton. The quality of riding is legendary for good reason and each year we get more and more successful climbing and riding in this incredible place; building our knowledge and keeping us coming back. This will be a unique story about the connection between touring partners while riding some beautiful Alaskan lines.
The Rubys - Deep Creeks - and The Great Basin
These tricky desert ranges are a gem to behold when conditions are prime. Although we have spent a decent amount of time in both the Rudy range and the Deep Creek range we are excited to go back and link the Great Basin into this trip. With the help of snowmobiles we will make our way deep into these ranges to ride remote couloirs in the Rubies, the longest lines in Utah in the Deep Creeks, and among the ancient bristle cone pines and crumbling peaks of the Great Basin. Along with a general reporting on these ranges we will incorporate some of the rich history of these high desert ranges and the ancient communities they have provided for.
South America has always been a destination high on our to do list. It seems to be finally falling into place for summer 2017. We have been invited to explore the Andes with local rider and AMGA guide, Matt Primomo. We would be exploring in a backpack to split board camping style. As we go deep into the Andes we will be looking first for stability and next for jaggedly lined couliors. This involves a lot of travel logistics; getting gear to South America and into these vast mountains can be tricky. So having the help of some of our local friends will be key to success and for that we are grateful. By incorporating the experience of our South American friends and the knowledge of our sponsors with the drive we have to explore this range we are excited to see what an expedition in the Andes is like.
Wind Rivers to Yellowstone, Wyoming
The vast distance of getting into some of Wyoming's remote ranges in the winter keeps most away. The continental snowpack tends to hold weak layers that make avalanche conditions tricky to navigate. Our decade of experience exploring these ranges helps us over come the hurdle of distance and when the snowpack allows we will be backpacking deep inside with our boards to ride the currently unridden in the Wind River Range, the Bear Tooth Range, and Yellowstone. So many of the beautiful lines in these ranges have never seen the carve of an edge and we are excited to lay them down.
Growing up in a community of snowboarders we have always held a respect for Craig Kelly. We are getting our truck camper ready to drive the Canadian Rockies and explore in his "footprints" - From Mt. Baker north towards Baldface and around the Rodgers pass area we want to incorporate a hut system as well as hauling our gear into base camp to follow in a few of, what might have been, Craig's routes. We are shooting for early spring to give the snow pack time to heal. As we come back into the US we will seek out ascents of various Cascade volcanoes and strive to ride classic and unique lines off these beautiful summits all well celebrating our wedding anniversary. In all our plan is to be on the road from mid April to mid May.
Wrangell St. Elias
The wrangles are home to some of the most massive mountains on earth. Although the Himalaya are much higher; the vertical relief of these peaks rival most. We have been invited by Alaskan native Brad Lewis (volcano man) to fly into this range by a private pilot friend of his and set up a base camp that will allow access to these truly incredible lines. This trip would use all of the skill sets we have been polishing over the course of our careers and provide a huge learning experience we are sure. As this will be a huge undertaking we are excited to employ the extensive knowledge our friend Brad has so graciously extended toward us.
Open to the unknown
We strive to keep open minds and open hearts as we follow our passion of exploring the rarely seen corners of our world on snowboards. It is with this mission we share our stories with others and intend to inspire them to follow their hearts as well. We know that unforeseen assignments come into our lives for a purpose and we are staying open to these opportunities. It is the gratitude and love we have for these wild places that compels us to expand our horizons. We wouldn't be able to succeed as much as we do with out the exquisite quality and support from our amazing supporters. Thank You!