Wednesday, May 12, 2010

AK Again.

After shooting footage for the "Deeper" project in B.C. during February & March, it was time to once again meet in Alaska in April. The initial crew consisted of riders Jeremy Jones, Ryland Bell, Josh Dirksen, Lucas Debari, our guide Tom Burt, cameramen Chris Edmands and myself, photogs G.V.D. and Seth Lightcap. We all arrived in Haines eager to get onto the snow ASAP. Luckily we were able to fly into Glacier Bay National Park sooner than later. We had a zone in mind in the Fairweather Range that we'd seen from last year's first camp. That zone proved to be a little too challenging, but Jones found what we were looking for not far from there. The day after getting in and set up we were greeted with our first snowfall. A foot and a half of fresh blanketed our new world before it cleared up for six days with bomber snow stability. We slowly explored our surroundings and figured out what we wanted to accomplish and what to stay away from. Before long the crew was getting after it. The boys all stepped up their games by climbing and riding lines on a level they'd never before been to.

Haines - a good place to wait for high pressure.

Our pilot Drake Olsen & our mountain of gear.

If you're ever in Haines and need a ride into the mountains...

Drake's farewell flyby after getting us in.

An we're in! At this point we're just trying to get our heads around where we are and what we're going to do.

The coastal clouds were always a challenge.

Hoping for some clearing.

Camp wave.

Edmands getting used to the neighborhood.

Ryland's glacier style.

Our little village.

Going up to the camp lines.

Room with a view.

Tom Burt. Yeah ISM!

The glaciers were in constant motion and always had to be considered.

Jeremy & Ryland's "warmup" lines. Check Jones' pics from the slope here.


More to come...

1 comment:

db said...

Amazing pics. Stoked to connect and and here some stories.