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Old 08-15-2008, 11:29 AM   #109 (permalink)
killclimbz
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He's laying turns on it. Freakin' sick. Here is what Jonaven himself had to say about it.
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This photo is from a place called Parkers Ridge, on the icefields parkway, in Banff Natl. park. The shoulder of Mt. Athabasca to be exact. Anyway I first snowshoed around at parkers probably 8 years ago now, and my friend Kyle Wolochatiuk rode a line very close to this through a very large and exposed chute that I very much looked up to at the time. We saw the potential of this rock face at the time, but I guess just were'nt really at that level back then. This last spring I went back there with my girlfriend, and photographer friend Dan Hudson. We did some laps the first day close to this rock face, and I rode around the bottom of it to make sure that the tranny was nice were it met back up with the snow. I think we were doing easily twice the lines in a day on split gear than what I remember doing as a kid on showshoes. I brought a custom splitboard that Rome Snowboards had helped me out with. The light hit this thing early in the morning, so Nicola and I skinned up the ridge, and where within the final ascent by about 9:30am. Nicola rode an easier(but still plenty steep) line from this intermediate saddle, and I post holed the rest of the ridge solo. Dan had the easy job of sleeping in, and hiking to the bottom to shoot photos(and help guide me in with a radio). From the top there is a chute that is fall line, and riders left of the rock face, that I had as a back up way down if I needed. I wanted to just get to the top and see what it looked like from there...
Its funny because one of the posts on this site says it reminded him of a kayaking shot. Well, truth is having become an avid paddler in the last few years, I sort of have a different outlook at what' possible. The high end in that sport in my eyes is a whole nother level really. But I guess its all just what your used too.
Anyway, it was good fun, and the tranny at the bottom was perfect. It felt like it dropping into a really bit vert ramp on a skateboard. Pretty smooth really. Well, I want to get some video footage so I'd like to go back this year. There's a pretty small window there for avy conditions and the like on that face though (big convex face in the entry) so everything'll have to line up just right. Keep y'all posted!
p.s.- there is surely no better way to hang out in the backcountry than on a splitboard. I am so sold.
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