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Memphis Hawk 01-04-2012 05:45 AM

50 Days Or Bust
Simple goal really. I am trying to get 50 days of riding in this year with no real goal in mind besides just getting better at whatever is thrown my way. Snowboarding is just a that zen thing for me. I don't get the feeling from anything else. I have a full time job but I've already made a pretty good cut into my 50 early in the season. I'll just post up the pics from the first eight days for now. Sorry if you guys think this is stupid.

Day 1 / Naqua Shirakami - Locate in Western Aomori Prefecture, Japan. Situated on Mount Iwaki, which is a very supreme mountain, but anything above Shirakami is at your own risk as it is not patrolled by any rescue element. - December 18, 2011

Google Map - Google Maps

Day 2 / Naqua Shirakami - My wife and I stay here often because of good package deals, a great onsen, and they were getting pounded for December. Actually, most of Japan was. - December 19, 2011

Day 3 / Naqua Shirakami - There is another big resort called Appi here that is closer, they were not lucky with the snowfall and so we just decided to keep Naqua alive for the time being. They have pow, a park, blacks, off piste, and a hamburger shop right in the middle of the mountain. What's not to love? - December 24, 2011

Memphis Hawk 01-04-2012 05:52 AM

Day 4 / Naqua Shirakami - I promise I am going to go elsewhere, but I ordered some new gear that didn't show up that axed my plans. - December 26, 2011

Day 5 / Naqua Shirakami - My powder board still didn't show. Ordering gear around the holidays really crapped on my plans to hit up a much more rugged mountain. Also, my wife is pregnant, so it's nice for her to be able to hit the hotel up for some relaxation while I just go do my thing. - December 30, 2011

Day 6 Naqua Shirakami - We left extra food for the cat and stayed overnight again. The toilet seats alone are worth it, trust me. In reality, this day was the first non"pow" day at Shirakami since the season started. Every other day it was white-out conditions, but on this day it was sunshine and hardpack. December 31, 2011 - Happy New Year

bebop_monk 01-04-2012 05:58 AM

You're quite the sadist... Posting all these pictures for those of us in NA to see :'(... Good luck on your goal tho!

Memphis Hawk 01-04-2012 06:01 AM

Day 7 / Hakkoda Mountain - You have probably seen pics from here. The pow is crazy. It just snowed 2 feet last night as of this writing, which is kinda normal there. This was my first visit to the mountain, and even though my Birdman still hadn't shown, I decided I couldn't wait any longer, so I took what I had and went for it. I got lost immediately as there really isn't fuck all for signs on the "trails". Found a highway and had to walk a mile or so back to the lift. - January 1, 2012

Google Maps - Google Maps

Day 8 / Hakkoda Mountain - My board was magically in the mail so guess what... I had to go back and play with it! The Birdman was great, but with minimal snowfall I didn't really get to play with it in the fresh. January 2, 2012

That's all the catching up there is. I am headed to Hakkoda again tomorrow, and this weekend I will be at a place called Geto (sounds like a sharply enunciated Ghetto) down in Iwate Prefecture not far from Morioka City. Come join me anytime.

Memphis Hawk 01-04-2012 06:03 AM


Originally Posted by bebop_monk (Post 461463)
You're quite the sadist... Posting all these pictures for those of us in NA to see :'(... Good luck on your goal tho!

haha, Sorry man. I actually had this goal last year, too but Fukushima shut EVERYTHING DOWN. I guess it was more the constant aftershocks. Resorts didn't want to operate lifts and avalanche probability was pretty high. I had to cut the season short, which usually can go through April/May. I am actually trying for more than 50 days, but we'll see.

Memphis Hawk 01-04-2012 06:15 AM

This is posted elsewhere, but I'll just compile it all is one place I guess. This was from my first weekend back on the board since 10 months ago. A little rusty, but I'm not ashamed to edit in some face plants. haha

ETM 01-04-2012 07:22 PM

Dude you are living the dream

Bretfred 01-04-2012 07:50 PM

Lucky wish i could get out 50 days. Feel ya on the zen thing especially when u find a trail with no one on it just you the mountain and some good tunes. Im trying to get 9 days in lol which would be 3 trips at 10 hours each way a trip. I live in flat ass kansas.

Memphis Hawk 01-04-2012 11:47 PM

Dang dude. I'd move. Haha. I get antsy in a car after about 3 hours. I've had this place to myself all day today and it has snowed 3 feet so far. Insanity. Video and pics coming.

AIRider 01-04-2012 11:54 PM

50 days is awesome, thats roughly my goal as well … I am at about 15 so far … I'm hoping to go until late April if everything goes as planned.

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