Day one of the trip found us heading straight from the trailhead into some real-deal terrain. It may not look like much in the photo, but the inclinometer read 55 degrees. No falls allowed!
Rocks and time prevented us from skiing the full line from the top, but even still the Joffre Couloir is one of the more wild and intimidating places I've been in the mountains.
After a year off, the @everestchallenge is back. On April 13-15, 2018, skiers and splitboarders alike will gather at Hudson Bay Mountain to compete in a 24-hour skin up ski down event with the goal of doing the equivalent vertical of Mt. Everest.
I would like to formally invite anyone fit/crazy enough to take on this task to join us in Smithers for this incredible event.
While all the details haven’t been formally announced yet, it’s shaping up to be a whole lot of fun.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and if I can’t answer them, I can certainly find out for you.
I’d like to announce that I am now one of the proud owners of the most coveted piece of North West ski propaganda known to greater earth. This little baby is what it’s all about 😊⛷🌯🦄 a big thanks to Paul and @kafadventures for a great presentation #skioregon#skiwashington#nwac @nwacus @mtshoppdx #turnsallyear#skimthood
Over the last few nights being back at home in my bed in Nelson, I have flashes of the seconds before my injury. My body flinches, and reacts in defense in disbelief. As reality sets in, life is going to be different for a little while. I've been hearing and reading mixed results with the healing process and time with this injury. Keeping positive and acknowledging that this is going to be a timely process. My heart aches at the opportunity's I won't be able to take this year, but, I'm open to what life has to offer now. The thing with plans, is their just plans, not set in stone, until the moment occurs. I've come to realization that my splitboarding dreams are put on a back burner for little while and focusing on building a strong body over time is now my aspiration. I've realized it's going to be sometime till I'm back to where I was, but, I have something to look forward too. If anything I've learned about the mountains, is take it with time. Enjoy your time in the valley as your push your way to the peaks. Sometimes you get stuck bushwhacking in the valleys for a little while till you find your path. I'm going to enjoy my time in these valleys and concentrate on grounding myself to build my body to what it was. After 4+ years of chasing snow in the mountains, this is life telling me to take a break, with this new found challenge! @venturesnow @sparkrandd @fitwellboots @ltdoptics @tribute_shop @thesnowboardersjournal. #weareventure#venturesnowboards#thesnowboardersjournal#splitmoreworkless#kootenays#beautifulbritishcolumbia#snowboarding#goatworthy#chaseyourgoat
Bennett (@smellville) and Alex (@alexander.s.t) following my dad out into the frozen wilderness of Devil's Basin (Lake Aloha). Our objective in the distance, baking to perfection in the afternoon sun.
My dad and I have been visiting this stretch of our cabin's backyard for a literal lifetime, but never in winter. Thanks to modern ski touring equipment, we were able to make quick work in zones thought to be inaccessible by previous generations. What a way to travel!
After smooth sailing for 6 years of Turns All Year I almost missed month 73! Being sick sucks, but having friends like @christy_pelland @cailenmcdevitt, @corilives , and @el_reido is the best. Belated trip report from our November ski👆🏼 link in bio! 📷 by @christy_pelland. #skisquad#turnsallyear#goaveragegooften
For real I did not know there was a brokenspectre following me....untill after....I was shown the photo by @atraslin I guess I tour with my head down sometimes.....Keep your head up. #britishcolumbia#skiing#skitouring
Epic long weekend in at the cabin. @alexander.s.t had his birthday, @smellville had his first California laps ever, and always a treat to ski with my dad. Appologies in advance to whomever sits next to me on the plane home.
Once again, the absence of a specific plan lead to fantastically unexpected results.
The day started out under a leaden sky, but with hope of brightness and clarity as evidenced by the little sliver of light against the mountain. It made the drive up in the clouds an exercise in potential. The blue sky that appeared as I made the last switchback affirmed the hope I had for a day of sunshine on the snow.
I had no specific goal in mind of where I'd go or how high I would get, but when I found myself above the crater and saw tracks down the back I felt compelled to stop. As it turned out, a fellow skier had just made the turns I saw, and so I waited for him to climb back out of the crater and join my up top. I let him go before me so I could make some photos as he made his way down. And just like last week's run down the back of the crater, I was a little apprehensive, but I pushed through the fear and ended up full of satisfaction and joy when I stopped in the middle of the lake at the bottom.
Having the temporary companionship of a fellow ski touring enthusiast also pushed me to do another thing I had never done before: a second lap. I will admit to not wanting to seem weak in the presence of another who I knew was gonna do another lap (his 3rd of the day), so I enthusiastically followed his uptrack on the side of the crater and slowly made my way up for another lap. And while exertion took it's toll and made my second run down the crater not quite as fluid and graceful, I was still thrilled at what I accomplished.
The cherry on top of an incredible adventure was watching the sun set and the clouds of the inversion roll across the valley below me as I made my way back to the car. The fluidity of the clouds looked like dolphins racing along the ocean, breaching and diving for my viewing pleasure.
Life is good. Tested out my new (to me) #k2 skis - ❤️❤️❤️ First try no knee brace... 😬
Lucky to get coaching from two level III instructors ( in cert clinic) to help identify and correct imbalances I have developed. #workhardplayhard#chasingwinter#skilikeagirl
Season ender injury. I have alot of things to be thankful for in this painful time. I'm really thankful I didn't do this far in the backcountry, I'm thankful I did it at the ski hill, 100m from a cat track and the awesome patrol staff @whitewaterskiresort for getting me to safety. The BC paramedics and the hospitals for looking after me. I'm really thankful for the friends that I have in life that are by my side in this time of need. Watching and looking out for me. In hindsight, I have learned alot from this. Were not alone, we're all in this together. I may be side lined for a little while, but that doesn't make me upset. I'm humbled to just be. I'll be back stronger then ever, and this is just life, telling me to take a break and enjoy the slow recovery to a healthy body. Going into surgery today, keep ya posted. Much love, thank you to everyone for being there! Oh, and I pooped by myself today, progress! Slash some pow for me this season! @venturesnow @sparkrandd @fitwellboots @ltdoptics @tribute_shop @thesnowboardersjournal. #weareventure#venturesnowboards#thesnowboardersjournal#splitmoreworkless#kootenays#beautifulbritishcolumbia#snowboarding#goatworthy#chaseyourgoat
When you have an amazing day, and then things just go south! Really scope your landings! After this tree jib, a couple turns later. I aired on to a pillow and launched over to the other side into a broken jagged tree trunk. All force hit my knee and so far I have a fractured tibial plateau. Not sure what else. At least my last shot to end on, is a good one! Thanks so much to the ski patrol @whitewaterskiresort for getting me out safely and my homies for being there and taking so much care for me! Now for the long road of recovery! Thanks for the support. Photo by: @cherokeepurple. @venturesnow @sparkrandd @fitwellboots @ltdoptics @tribute_shop @thesnowboardersjournal. #weareventure#venturesnowboards#thesnowboardersjournal#splitmoreworkless#kootenays#beautifulbritishcolumbia#snowboarding#goatworthy#chaseyourgoat
After yesterday’s tour in the misty treeline, it was like a breath of fresh air to spend the day on the snow underneath a clear blue sky. I must have exerted myself more than I thought yesterday, because my legs felt heavy today as I slowly made my way up to the ridge above Crater Lake. I lost track of how many times I stopped to rest, and I seriously thought about quitting several times. What kept me going was the goal of skiing the south face above the crater. It's the longest clear stretch of vertical with decent snow coverage on the mountain right now with the snow pack we have, and I REALLY wanted to ski it.
I also wanted to photograph the skiers that were above me. They made the summit, and I thought if I could get to the right place in time, I could photograph them as they skied down towards me. When I got to the right spot, it turned out they had made their way down another route, so I had nothing to shoot. The level of disappointment I felt was quite strong, and so that killed any will left I had to go further.
Ripping skins and changing to ski mode, I enjoyed the turns down the south face, and ended up running into the tracks the aforementioned skiers made as they made their own way down. Not being entirely sure which route to take down, I ended up following their tracks into the back of the crater. Earlier in the day I had the thought of skiing down the back of the crater, but now as I was faced with the reality of skiing down a line (and a steep one at that) I'd never attempted before, I was quite intimidated. To add to the pressure I felt, I could see the two guys across the lake watching me. In all honestly, I really wanted to do the line with no one watching me fumble my way down. But after all was said and done, I think I did OK.
The best part of the day was at the bottom of the line, as I made my way out into the middle of the lake, I looked back at the turns in the snow. That's when an overwhelming sense of accomplishment washed over me and cleaned away all the earlier angst of not getting the images I wanted.
When in doubt, air it out! Still using the skills I learned at the @rachaelburks School of Spread Eagles with @clairesmallwood_ and @christy_pelland! Thanks for the sweet lesson brahs! Totally comes in handy when conditions are crap but you wanna put on a show for the bros on the chair. #spreadwhatyougot#actuallyprettypoorform#hammyssotight
"DIG, DIG, DIG!!" I exclaimed at my students yesterday. Practice makes perfect, know how to use your tools, fast and efficient. I love seeing strangers turn to friends as they work together for a common goal. To be a reliable partner in the backcountry. The chances of someone else being out there to rescue you if things go wrong are slim. You are the safety team, and the best way to learn, is to practice in mock scenarios, so your ready for the real world situations. I had such a blast teaching this weekend, getting into the snow, and watching people learn! Thanks for joining Summit Mountain Guides this weekend! @venturesnow @sparkrandd @fitwellboots @ltdoptics @tribute_shop @thesnowboardersjournal @whitewaterskiresort. #weareventure#venturesnowboards#thesnowboardersjournal#splitmoreworkless#kootenays#beautifulbritishcolumbia#snowboarding#goatworthy#chaseyourgoat
Did some of this today. It was pretty terrible and I ski in September every year.... wind and gropple and schmoo and ice and more wind. But good company always makes for a fun walk in the woods. Thanks for suffering with me today @erin.inspired and @themountainspeaks!!
Splitboarding often takes me to amazing places. There is something so peaceful about hiking through snow in the wilderness. The more I think about it. The more I get filled with excitement for my next tour. I can’t wait to get out after the next storm cycle.
TWO LAPS // Once again I started my ski tour without a firm plan as to where I would go. The only thing that I did know was that I wanted to go up. As I started on the trail I met a guy I know who asked how many laps I had done. "Just starting" was my reply. Little did I know how I'd be able to answer the question at the end of the day. // Flat light and a slight wind accompanied me on the trip up to Crater Lake. The sky was cloudy, the light was flat and the wind was slight. In spite of, or more importantly because of these weather conditions it was a great day to be out on the mountain. // I ended up doing two laps up to and back from Crater Lake today. I thought I might try skiing the glade beside Miller Creek today and with the storm that blew in as I transitioned from walk to ski mode at the apex of lap 1, it turned out to be a wise decision. After skiing the glade though and starting the tour back along the trail to where I started, the storm passed and I regretted my decision to ski down. For who knows to what heights I might have climbed had I stayed and waited a few minutes. Doing this route in the past, I’ve always stopped after the first lap and headed home. However because of the increased strength and endurance I’ve felt over the recent tours I’ve done, I decided to head up again and attempt a second lap to the lake and back. What a difference a couple of hours made. This time the sun was shining for my entire ascent which certainly helped my mood. Also, my camera mysteriously found its way out of my backpack more often this time up the mountain. // Apart from the abundant visual beauty and the photographs I made, the most rewarding aspect of my adventure today was pushing myself beyond what I previously thought I was capable of. For while I may not go as far or as high as others, it brings me joy when I’m able to do things that I couldn’t do before.
Tomorrow marks my 5 years since I started splitboarding. I can gladly say that earning my turns has drastically changed how I see the mountains, interact with them and how I want to capture their beauty. Thanks to everyone who I’ve drug up to the mountains on a rainy day for character building, waited for me to lug heavy camera packs up the skin track and those who have let me capture their imagery. Here’s to another five years! Rider @seanchiasson on Mt. Hood, 1/6/13. #splitboarding