Reminiscing the Canadian Selkirks and Canuck Splitfest 2012

The following is a play by play explanation of a trip out to Rogers Pass for the Canuck Splitfest and celebrating the 50th birthday of my good friend Tex. In typical Splitboard fashion we rode big untracked lines day after day. Friday through Sunday the Rogers Pass visitor center was buzzing with activity as the Cannuck Splitboard festival was going on for the next 3 days. I had a great time presenting both Sweetgrassses Solitaire and a 15 minute documentary I filmed with Crest Productions called Freerider, not to mention riding with a 100 individuals who shared my passion. Conditions were great with over a foot of fresh snow and mild temperatures which allowed us to reach alpine and explore the vast terrain that encompassed us. By the end of the weekend I found myself wanting more and decided to stay a few additional days when the pin point forecast showed rain for the forecast in the Washington Cascades. Rogers pass blog Rogers pass blog3 Rogers pass blog2 A few friends were going to be staying and exploring and I decided to tag along. Monday morning the visitors center was vacant as we packed up for a overnight trip to the Asulkin Hut, a amazing shelter built at the base of alpine surrounded by glaciers and big peaks. It was our friend Rays 50th birthday which coincided with a full moon so we felt there couldn't be a better place for such a monumental day in his life. After 7 miles of skinning under dark gray clouds we finally reached the hut which protected us from the howling winds and made plans to take advantage of potential clearing in the late evening and ride powder under the light of a full moon. Well the moment we made the plans we cursed ourselves because when the clouds did part it was only for a few minutes and we never got to take those runs. The next day we lapped low angle trees in fear of avalanche conditions and made our way back to the Rogers Pass visitors center were both Mike and I said goodbye to Ray and rested in anticipation of a promising forecast. Rogers pass blog1 Rogers pass blog12 Wednesday dawned bluebird as we put on our skins and started hiking towards a peak referred to as Video. We had heard nothing but good things about the area and we were drooling at the thought of seeing the Selkirks from a summit. It took a lot of work as we took turns breaking trail until finally reaching the top and the views were jaw dropping. The terrain around us was limitless and could be considered similar to some parts of the alps with 2000 foot couloirs followed by 4000 foot avi swaths that took you directly to the road. We took two laps on Video with a local who informed us "Conditions like these only happen 10 days out of a season". By the end of the day our legs were worked, skinning 6500 vertical feet in total. Rogers pass blog9 Rogers pass blog10 Thursday we went for the SW face of Cheops under high clouds. We intended for the day to be short so we could catch a greyhound buss from Rogers Pass at 5:30 p.m. so we started around 7:30 A.M. We kept a brisk pace finally reaching our high point of about 10 feet under the summit ridge stopping only because we were wallowing in chest deep snow. The run was a breathtaking 5000 vert of untracked powder all the way back down to the road where we unintentionally had to hike 7 miles back up and over Rogers Pass to the visitors center nearly minutes before the bus arrived. Rogers pass blog11 Then back to Cascadia for the storm of the year

Adventures in Europa

Europe has always seemed like a pipe dream, something so far away and way too expensive to ever seem possible. It was with great surprise and excitement that I found out that a project I had worked on with Crest Pictures and Friends, Freerider was chosen to be a part of the FreeRide Film Festival. With word of this I had tickets to go to Saint Lary, France to attend and another two weeks to check out the Alps. The plane landed in Paris, France as the morning sun crested over the horizon for the next 48 hours I would take a whirlwind tour seeing touristy areas like the Luv, Effiel Tower and the Notre Dame before heading to the South of France. Once in the small country town of Saint Lary which is nestled in the Pyranees mountains I tried new foods, saw different films and celebrated a culture I have been fortunate to be a part of. It was a honor to have our film along side big budget films like All.I.Can, This is my Winter and Art of Flight. With a train ticket in hand I decided to head east to Chamonix just as a front was approaching, that night I watched an almost full moon illuminate over towns before I made it to my resting point the Geneva Airport where I would take a bus to Cham the next day. Once I made it to Chamonix it was nuking snow and the drought they had been experiencing was officially over. I stayed with a Cham legend named Gary Bigham who was filled with stories of the valley and introducing people like Glen Plake to the mountains he called home. By my second day there the weather had warmed up and it started raining at the resort. There was a moment that I loaded a 75 person tram with 4 other people and decided I needed to head further east for colder weather and to meet up with a old friend. I was able to hitch a ride with Caroline George, another First Ascent athlete over a pass and into Switzerland where I boarded a train and made my way to Bad Ragaz. While in Switzerland I checked out Davos and partied with my friend Guy Newman having a blast in one of the most expensive places in the world. The forecasts were looking optimistic so we decided to head further East to meet up with Lea and Lorenzo in Innsbruck, Austria and ski Saint Anton Am Alburg. Our first day at Saint Anton was amazing with over 50cms of new snow and no competition for fresh tracks as we rode bell to bell, while I couldn't see the terrain it was powder. That night we said goodbye to Guy and Lea and Lorenzo showed me around the streets on Innsbruck before getting some rest in preparation for another long day at the resort. The next day we watched the sunrise and Lorenzo and I said goodbye to Lea and heading West on the Auto bond to Saint Anton. The conditions were great and before we knew it the clouds had lifted. I was stoked we had bluebird and powder conditions. It was one of the best resort days of my life and I owe a huge thanks to Lorenzo for showing me around before saying goodbye and hoping on a train to the Geneva Airport. The storm had hit hard and the Airport was filled with travelers carrying snowboard and ski bags and here I was leaving for Oslo, Norway. My last day of travel was a whirlwind day in Oslo with friend and local Arild where I tried local food, hiked the trails and checked out the bustling city. The trip was only 3 weeks long but I was able to experience so much and I owe many thanks. Thank You Kathy and Robert Christensen, All my peeps at Eddie Bauer, Bruno Delay, Guy Newman, Lorenzo, Lea Hart, Gary Bigham, Blitz, Arild and everyone else who made this a possibility. 93

Volcanoes of the Cascade Range

  1. Mt. Baker via the Squak Glacier
  2. Glacier Peak via the Cool Glacier Headwall
  3. Mt Rainier x2, via the Gibraltar Chute and via Fuhrer Thumb
  4. Old Snowy/ Goat Rocks via the Northwest face
  5. Mt. Saint Helens via the Worm Flows
  6. Mt. Adams via The Mazama Glacier
  7. Mt. Hood via the Wyeast face
  8. Mt. Jefferson via the Whitewater and Jefferson Park Glaciers
  9. Three Fingered Jack via the Northeast Bowl
  10. Mt Washington Northern Ridge and circumnavigation
  11. The North Sister via The Early Morning Colouir
  12. Middle Sister via the Southwest Ridge
  13. South Sister via the Prouty Glacier Headwall
  14. Broken Top via the Eastern Rim
  15. Mt. Bachelor via the Eastern Face
  16. Diamond Peak via the Northern face
  17. Mt. Bailey via the Western face
  18. Mt. Thielsen via the Western Face
  19. Mt. Mazama (Crater Lake) via Mt. Hillman
  20. Mt. Scott via the Southeastern, Eastern, and Western Faces
  21. Mt. Yamsay via the Northen Face
  22. Mt. McLoughlin via the Northeast Face
  23. Mt. Shasta via the Konwakiton Glacier
  24. Shastina via the Cascade Gulch
  25. Mt. Lassen via the Northeastern and Western Faces

Mt. Baker National Forest

North Cascades East Side

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park represents #223

North Cascades National Park represents #223

Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Alpine Lake Wilderness represents #825

Alpine Lake Wilderness represents #825

Alpine Lake Wilderness

Glacier Peak Wilderness

Cascadia

Glacier Peak Wilderness is represented in squares 826 and 827

Central North Cascades

Crystal Mountain Backcountry

Mount Rainier National Park

Rainier National Park represents 217

Rainier National Park represents 217