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May 30, 2014, 3:59 p.m.
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Shore's Future not so bright

I haven't been on the old nsmb forums for a looooooooooooooooooong time now. And this was the first thread at the top of the list when I decided to check it out today…looks like nothing has changed. (this may say something to a few people who believe I was reincarnated as another member…)

I'll go back to hiding in the north now where the trails and loamy, flowy, and see less riders in a whole year than most shore trails do in an hour.

In the meantime, if you are allergic to change, I suggest you throw out your cell phone, computer, flat screen tv, new vehicle, etc. and go live in a cave. That's what your grandfather would have thought about changing technology in the world anyways…and everybody who complains about the changing trails is no different

July 12, 2013, 5:39 p.m.
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Seymour - Shorn Scrotum

if somebody pays for a plane ticket and a week off work I will come fix it so you can all go ba I to your regularly scheduled programming.

June 16, 2012, 11:34 p.m.
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Sanctioned or Unsanctioned, that is the question

If the trail is there, ride it. That's the bottom line.

May 29, 2012, 11:10 p.m.
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Alaska the hard way

Ok sorry it's a little late…I wanted to get the story on wildsnow and that took some time, but here it is.

Gavan and Tyler do AK on splitboards.



Full story here: http://www.wildsnow.com/7203/splitboard-backcountry-hains-ak/

Video:
https://vimeo.com/40389047

May 1, 2012, 6:19 a.m.
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Burly Surly: A Masochistic Reader's Ride Submission

nice adrian!

April 19, 2012, 8:15 a.m.
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Bush League

That is prince george at it's finest.

The chainsaw skate is epic. Best idea ever.

March 27, 2012, 8:47 a.m.
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Cambria Icefield March 16-19

This TR just popped up on Jones FB page.

Touring is the next big plunge I want to take

So stoked on the what you guys are doing, but at the same time just a smidge bit envious

gav is so stoked, jeremy jones added him to facebook last night haha. And I saw the story on there that's awesome. I'm on the interwebz yo

We are currently sitting in customs in prince rupert waiting for the ferry to haines. Mostly worried that they won't let us bring the $320 of smoked and dried meats we have, but also nervous for 3 weeks on the glacier. Its getting real now…

March 25, 2012, 5:16 p.m.
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Cambria Icefield March 16-19

no inclinom on that cambria face, but I measured other slopes we rode with one and they were 50 to 55. The entrance to cambria was the steepest thing I've dropped in on so I said its 60. We didn't climb directly up it so no way to measure. The other lines we basically climbed up the faces we rode.

It was definitely the longest, most consistently steep face I've ever done or even seen. It doesn't let up until the very bottom at the shrund

March 22, 2012, 8:26 p.m.
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Cambria Icefield March 16-19

So the RV dirtbag splitboard crew had been hanging out in Terrace at Shames ski hill while waiting for the weather window to get up there. The weather had warmed up and socked in for almost a week and we were getting pretty low on stoke to go riding, knowing that all we wanted was some high alpine big lines. To find some better snow, we decided to head north to find some riding near Stewart, BC.

The Cambria Icefield, near Stewart, is the coast mountains equivalent to the Columbia Icelfield; the bear glacier drains right down to the highway of bear pass at 400m. Bear pass is known as one of the most dangerous pass in Canada for avalanches with regular class 4 slides that bury the highway upto 21m deep that can close the it for days. Lots of mature timber was snapped like twigs this year down on the highway by huge slides. If you haven't seen this place for ski touring or sledding, you need to go. The terrain is HUGE!

DAY 1

View of overhanging glaciers from the Highway:

Glacial Ice in the avi debris right on the highway. We scavenged some in the RV for some drinking water one night. Delicious

Year round avi danger….this place is rowdy

So we got our window and packed our gear for about 5 days hoping the weather would hold.The 12km bear Glacier starts at 400m and rises up through numerous slides paths and icefalls to meet the Cambria icefield at 1800m.
Getting ready for a big carry up the Bear GI. What a slog

View of Bear GI and Mt Cambria 2377m from the highway

Some big slots on the Bear Glacier…

The initial climb took us 6 hours and we were lucky to have a gps track to go off from our friends Lee and Sharon.
Me probing the flat spot at top of bear GI at 1750m where we set up camp. Todd GI viewable across the valley

By the time we were set up it was almost dark and time to build a quick kitchen, then hunker down for a cold night,temps where in the region of -15 to -20c at the night the 4 days we were there. Miserable sleeps every night!!

DAY 2

Next day it was time to tackle the beast that is the North face of Mt. Cambria, right above our camp.

We skinned up onto the main icefield and then around the south face where we started to bootpack,camp is a speck in the distance now…

View from top of Cambria across the Cambria Icefield to Mt. Otter 2650m-

View down the 600m North face of Cambria, 60+ degrees at the top, mellowing to 55 and 50 at the bottom. It took us awhile to pump ourselves up to drop in on this thing…the biggest line of our lives. The snow was perfect and things were stable, but we knew this thing would sluff hard and it would be a steep, out of control run. After almost an hour of eating lunch and throwing blocks down to check the sluff, we were ready to rip it.

I dropped in first and we both had to pick our way down the first section before it opened up,but we bagged it and were pretty stoked! It felt like forever, but it was one quick ride to the bottom. See the video for some action!

The mighty north face of cambria viewed from Disraeli the next day. This thing is the crown jewel of the cambria icefield and we were pretty lucky to show up when it was in all-time conditions. Definitely the most committing line of our lives

DAY 3
We headed west across the top of Bear GI to Disraeli peak (2250m) to have a look at the NE face as it seemed (from camp) to have a nice pitch that looked ripable.

Ohhh yeah it was primed and in the sun too. This one looked more mellow than Cambria because it was more open, but standing atop a 55 degree face with a shrund at the bottom is still unnerving…

This was a fun face with more great snow. Although we were both scared at the top, once you drop in and start shredding nothing else seems to matter.

It was so good we headed up for another lap. All time.

Climbing through the rime at the top made for a few tense moments

Heading back to camp with the stoke high. Success again!

DAY 4
After 2 big times faces conquored near camp, we decided to head up the icefield further and explore for possibly a more mellow run.

An hour into our walk, we spotted this beauty near Mt. Otter and decided it needed to be slayed. Some unnamed peak 2438m, just to the north of Mt Otter, with a really nice SE face. So much for a mellow climb/run…

This was a harder climb with a mandatory belay over the shrund. The top of the climb involved some wallowing in facets due to a poor route choice, but we made it. Yet another stunning view of Otter to the south:

Gavan ready to Drop

More blower pow…Steep Faces…In the sun…Coast Mountains…Pure awesome

All-time drop in

Claimed!

Then a light glacier skip on the way back to camp

And a long video (hopefully worth the watch) of some of the action. Definitely some of the best footage we have ever put together!
https://vimeo.com/39016566

We nailed this trip for weather/snow, I cannot possibly imagine better conditions for this place (except for the frigid cold sleeps). We are back in Terrace for a few more days at Shames before we head off on the ferry to Haines, AK on tuesday. Then we have 3.5 weeks worth of time to get out and base camp in Glacier National Park, so more pics/videos to come in May.

March 4, 2012, 10:49 p.m.
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Feb in Rogers Pass

Internet has been lacking so no updates lately, so this is 3 weeks worth of riding (minus the swiss couloir mission I posted already). Not many pics but lots of video footage so I did my best to cut it down. The snow was deep, and the sun came out. And there are some pillows in rogers pass too…







Lots of big glacier walks in deep snow and tons of deeeeep tree riding. Rogers Pass never fails to deliver - go there before you die.

[vimeo]37881722[/vimeo]

The RV crew has no made its way up to Terrace, BC. Looks like we will be getting hammered with more snow up here all week so should be good again!

March 3, 2012, 9:54 p.m.
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the Extreme Everest Challenge

WOW! That rob guy is unreal. Really too bad about his accident. 8850m climbing in 25hr non-stop???

Feb. 18, 2012, 2:01 p.m.
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Sorcerer Lodge Feb 2012

Looks like an awesome trip! its sweet the weather worked out like that for you

Feb. 18, 2012, 1:59 p.m.
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Rogers Pass - swiss peaks couloir

The dirtbag RV splitboard crew is now stationed out in Rogers Pass for a few weeks. We arrived to some pretty tracked out crusty conditions, but luckily we got a few days of bluebird so we managed to go get up high and find some goods under very stable conditions.
The Swiss Peaks have been the forbidden fruit dangling in my face for the past 4 years. I have tried to get this couloir line twice in the past, but I was foiled both times by weather upon climbing to the glacier. This time was a different story!

Johanna climbing hermit meadows under Sifton (gotta ride this one day ):

Climbing the Swiss Glacier towards the peaks and the couloir in the middle:

Gavan and I decided the couloir was a go, so we donned our climbing gear and got our bootpack on. Snowboard mountaineering at it's finest!


After the toughest, most technical climb I've ever done, we finally reached the top. The snow was well crap for the top 60% of the couloir. This was more about the destination than the snow. The bottom had some amazing powder and we looked forward to that. But the top 60% of the couloir was a battle for our lives. The top pitch was approx 55 degrees, plus it was hard suncrust with a bit of dust on top – falling was not an option. The middle was a little more manageable, but still crusty. The bottom was glorious. The video can do the talking.
https://vimeo.com/37029237

Sorry for the swearing – I was really amped up after surviving that thing. I realized from climbing and riding this line that it's amazing what you can push youreslf to do when falling is not an option. One of the heaviest lines I have ever done and I'm glad Gavan and I could push oureslves to do it!

Feb. 4, 2012, 8:22 a.m.
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Slackcountry on Whistler or Blackcomb this weekend

+4 in the alpine today

Good time for a spearhead in a day tour + work on your early season t-shirt and goggle tan

Feb. 2, 2012, 8:30 a.m.
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Winter so far.

steezy jump style. Nice work

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