The Goal was simple. Run around and attempt to ski lines on the Ten Highest Peaks in Washington state. It sounded like I had my work in store but I would have 4 months to pull it off. 3 days later I got a phone call asking if I wanted to go to South America for the spring touring season; make that 2 months to pull it off. So here they are.
1. Mount Rainier ———14,411 via the Emmons Glacier, August 1st, 2011
2. Mount Adams———-12,276 via the Avalanche Glacier Headwall on July 24th, 2011
3. Little Tahoma———-11,138 via the South Face direct on May 24th, 2011
4. Mount Baker ———-10,781 via the Coleman Demming route on May 9 2012
5. Glacier Peak———–10,520 via the Chocolate Glacier Headwall, May 17th/20th, 2011 H
6. Bonanza Peak———–9,511 via the Mary Green Headwall on April 17th, 2011 H
7. Mount. Stuart———–9,415 via the Ulrich Couloir, April 21st/22nd, 2011 H
8. Mount. Fernow———9,249 via the Infernow Couloir on April 15th, 2011 H
9. Goode Mountain——-9,200 via the South Face, April 28th Thru May 3rd, 2011 H
10. Mount Shuksan——–9,131 via the White Salmon Glacier on May 9, 2011
Each H at the end represents Jason Hummels version of the adventure.
All of these adventures were covered in a documentary by Crest Pictures Called Freerider which can be watched in its entirety by clicking this link.
At this moment we have a few shows set up where we will be showing the film.
Here is what we have set up and it will be updated as new dates are added.
World Premier of FreeRider in Saint Lary Soulton, France
December 8-10th Freeride Backcountry Festivial
North Americian Priemier
January 6 Cannuck Splitfest Rogers Pass
January 15 Crystal Mountain Ski Resort
February 3, Seattle Mountaineers Theater
Quoted directly off the Mountains website
Two filmmakers, Crest Pictures and KGB Productions, will bring captivating footage of free riding in the rugged Cascades and majestic Tetons to The Mountaineers Program Center on February 3 at 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 6:30 pm.
Follow Northwestern split-boarder and First Ascent sponsored athlete, Kyle Miller, on his “epic hunt for good snow” in the U.S. premier of Crest Pictures’ newest film. “FreeRider.” Miller’s 14-minute documentary will be followed up by “Wyoming Triumph,” a 55-minute grassroots film featuring a veteran and youthful band of skiers and snowboarders who scout the vast and rugged interior of Wyoming where nary a skier goes.Tickets/info.”
February 11, Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club benefit, Port Angeles, WA
February 23, WWU in Fraser Hall 4, 516 High St, Bellingham at 7:00 PM. Another 2 for 1 movie night with Wyoming Triumph too
This last season was life changing in many ways, from the loss of my father to the sponsorship from Eddie Bauer. This years project (The Ten Highest Peaks in Washington) was also by far the most challenging expeditions that I had taken in the Cascades. Since the new year I have been working with Crest Pictures to film a documentary about these highs and lows with helmet cams, Portable video cameras and not so portable video cameras.
There are so many people who have been involved in this project that I don’t even know where to begin thanking people.
FreeRider – Trailer from Crest Pictures on Vimeo.
“The temperature was below zero, the winds were light and the snow was shin deep with nothing firm lurking underneath. I had dreamed of this day for years. We were alone without any wind and below us was going to be some of the best turns of our life. The snow stayed consistently soft for the entirety of the run, riding 4600 feet to the White River crossing before stopping. In total we hiked over ten miles, 5400 feet and 13 hours for a single run.” ~ Kyle Miller
Crest Pictures is pleased to announce the release of the trailer for their latest production, FreeRider, a short film about splitboard mountaineer Kyle Miller. FreeRider is a documentary chronicling Miller’s passion for his sport, his great love of the wilderness and mountain scenery, his ski bum lifestyle, his triumphs and disappointments, his pain and his joys, and his unyielding dedication towards fulfilling his riding dreams.
A Crest Pictures Film (crestpictures.com)
Produced and directed by Robert and Kathy Chrestensen
Filmed and edited by Robert Chrestensen
Music by permission from these Pacific NW groups:
“Moonlight” by Elk and Boar (Tacoma, WA)
“Excuse This Honesty” by Again and Again (Seattle, WA)
Backcountry footage by Jason Hummel (Tacoma, WA), Jacob Hase (Seattle, WA) and Kyle Miller (Kent, WA)
Rider and Filming
Things have been hectic over the past few months with nonstop climbing here in the Cascades followed by heading down to South America. I was very fortunate to be involved in the filming of a Backcountry ski/snowboard film called Solitare where I got to film in both Bolivia and Argentina and also made it to Peru and Bolivia along the way. All of it was a eye opening experience about different cultures and there persuit of happiness but thats another topic for another day.
The film will be premiering this upcoming Thursday in Denver and will make its rounds to my homeland of Washington in late October. Here is the trailer. I make a appearance @ 2:54
SOLITAIRE: A Backcountry Skiing, Snowboarding, and Telemark Film from Sweetgrass Productions on Vimeo.
It gives me great pride and honor to announce that both Kip Garre and myself were featured in the February issue of Backcountry Magazine. Not only is it cool to be included but we stole the show by being the main article (Kip got the cover shot) where they presented us as “The New Guards of Ski and Snowboard Mountaineering”.
It gives me great pride and honor to announce that I have received financial sponsorship from Pacific Pile and Marine for my upcoming 2011 touring season.
What does this mean?
Throughout the years I have been on a tight budget stretching my summer revenue all the way into the late touring season, spending money on stuff like gas, food and shelter. While I am frugal with my money as you can imagine it can quickly become expensive. I have had the great fortune to work for this highly regarded company over the past two summers working in their yard and saving money for upcoming winters,without there support all of this would have been impossible.
With the financial contribution it allows me to travel into far off regions of the PNW and document my stories with the latest of technology all in a easy to read fashion.
Who is Pacific Pile and Marine
Pacific Pile and Marine, LP is a privately owned construction company that specializes in both marine and civil construction projects including but not limited to pile driving, dredging, bridge construction and foundation projects. They have a reputation for delivering high end products that are both eco friendly and safely produced. While most of region deals with economic crisis this company has grown triple fold by creating strong and personal friendships with customers and their own employees.
Founded in 2008 by four partners, Will Clark, Eric Reichelt, Mike Mansfield and Chris Willis, the Seattle based company has proven that with a positive and healthy relationship with its employees they can deliver a quality product safely and efficiently.
Pacific Pile & Marine signifies Safety, Quality, and Innovation and I am proud to be involved with the company.
Jason Hummel and Kyle Millers 7 day expedition to Olympus and the Valhallas has been featured in the most recent Northwest Mountaineers Journal. The Olympic Mountains (in which Olympus and the Valhallas are located) are notorious for being steep, isolated, and rugged, so one can easily understand why so much of the terrain is still untouched to this day. We are very proud to have been featured in such a prestigious journal.
Here is a link to the article.
and here is a look back to the Trip Report.
We are proud to announce that Kyle was featured in the September issue of Backcountry Magazine’s gear guide. What could make this any better, you ask? The fact that he stole the show with two double page spreads, one of which is the cover shot for the titled piece, “The Year of the Splitboard”. Both of the photos were taken by Pro photographer and touring partner Jason Hummel. These were the first printed photos of Kyle, but they certainly won’t be the last!
Cha-cha-check it out!!
In these photos, Kyle is riding the new Burton Freebird, on Spark R&D bindings near Eldorado and Dome Peak in the North Cascades, WA.
On Thursday, National Geographic’s Geotourism Division celebrated their creation of the PNW Cascades Map/Guide which features Kyle’s thoughts, by quotation, about his travels throughout the Cascades.
To read more about GeoTourism (which encompasses the popular EcoTourism movement), see National Geographic’s Central Cascades Geotourism Site, here.
Kyle enjoyed the unveling of the map with other like-minded visionaries at the Seattle Public Library, and was surprised to see a larger-than-life-size poster of himself hanging at the event!
Many thanks to the Washington State Department of Tourism for their involvement, as well.
That’s right, the Turns all Year site now features two splitboarders on their featured athletes pages, as of Sept 28, when Kyle’s “Year Round Backcountry Skier” Profile went up (check it out here.) The other is Matt Stouder, based in Oregon, and claiming a 46-month streak of pure snowboarding. Kyle’s also currently featured in a cover shot on the main page. Cover shot is by Jason Hummel.
Turns all Year is an excellent networking organization based in the Northwest with worldwide readership and following. The site and its forums bring backcountry enthusiasts from all over together on the basis of their mutual love for making ski or snowboard turns at least once monthly all year round. Kyle’s streak as of August was 83 months.