Deeper Unplugged Ep. 2 – WTF @ that couloir

C’mon now, look at that thing! That looking up shot at 2:09, seriously? Jeebus.

Influences v1.0

If a picture is worth a thousand words this post falls somewhere between your average blog post and ‘War and Peace’.

Craig Kelly

Craig Kelly

Jamie Lynn

Jamie Lynn

Nirvana

Nirvana

Greg Galinsky v. Eames

Greg Galinsky v. Eames

Temple Cummins

Temple Cummins

Tropical locales

Tropical locales

Mid-winter warm water roadtrips

Mid-winter warm water roadtrips

Chris Gallardo/Splitboard.com

Chris Gallardo/Splitboard.com crew

Bonfires with friends

Bonfires with friends

To be continued….

Jeremy Jones and crew redefining ‘hardcore’

Jeremy Jones and crew have been up in the sunshine state of Alaska for a month or so, filming for the movie Deeper due out sometime in 2010. If you’ve been following the blog you’ve noticed that I’m anxiously awaiting this movie like a 12 year old girl waiting for a Jonas Brothers concert. From posting about Travis Rice’s and Tom Burt’s splits for the trip I’ve been following it closely. Jeremy just posted his latest blog entry (along with photos) from the trip on his site and all I can say is WOW! As someone who had been burnt out on snowboarding the past few years relative to how I used to be these kind of trips and pics bring back the stoke I felt in the mid-90s! Good stuff. If you haven’t been to his site yet GO THERE NOW! Seriously, get out of here.

TR: Weekends are far too short

Seriously, they are. Picture how much happier the world would be (well, at least my world would be) if weekends were Monday thru Friday and you just worked Saturday and Sunday. I guess that idea is a lot like my ‘we should get to play until we reach retirement age, than when we hit retirement age we just work the rest of our lives’ idea, but the reality behind that one is everyone would commit suicide on their 65th birthday. The worst part about weekends is that as they are usually the days that people DON’T work they often get interrupted with adult real-life crap like weddings or baby showers. Weddings were cool when I was single as they can be a tremendous opportunity for TRs of a different sort, but when you’re not single they lose some of their potential charm (the reality is they lose all of their charm, unless of course there’s a keg of Racer 5 present and you get the bride and groom’s father to do kegstands). So, with my Saturday halved due to a wedding and a near full moon figured I’d try for a night sesh with Schralph Macchio (note: not his real name). No action shots as it was piss poor riding.

Looking out towards Tahoe by moonlight

Looking out towards Tahoe by moonlight

The below pic would have been kind of cool had my tripod not shaken a little bit everytime the shutter closed. I guess I could tell everyone I took it on a Holga and get street cred and be called a photographic genius.

Crappy tripod + shutter clap = blurry night pic fail

Crappy tripod + shutter clap = blurry night pic fail

Next day got an early alpine start of 11 AM and headed out to see what was left at another locale.

Alex pondering infinity

Schralph pondering infinity

It was softer than expected given the sun baking it

Quite possibly the last few pow turns of the season

Quite possibly the last few pow turns of the season

Quick and dirty pano of the potential lines. The sky was actually two shades of blue with a hard dividing line just as seen in the picture.

Lots of potential areas

Lots of potential areas

I call the next two pic series “Pinwheels and Pwnage”

Pinwheels

Pinwheels

Pwnage

Pwnage

Victory beer, and the world’s worst shirt. When you order online and it says the color is ‘black’ beware the neon lightning bolts. For some reason I always think of this video when wearing this shirt.

Beer good, shirt bad

Beer good, shirt bad

Good times indeed.

Backcountry turns = srs bizns

Bored out of my mind at work, I was looking thru some photos from this weekend’s tour and noticed that most people were smiling when we found our little pow stash. However, noticed one person wasn’t, which was odd as it was his first trip into the backcountry ever, would have figured him to be smiling like crazy – especially as he was stoked out of his mind that night!

First pow turns

First pow turns

Pow turns = srs bizns

Pow turns = srs bizns

One pic TR: Pow turns > desk job

Yes, another one pic TR ( aka I’m busy at work but want to throw some stoke up) from the splitboard.com meetup this weekend

This  what Im currently doing

This > what I'm currently doing

One pic TR: some Saturdays are better than others

Bluebird pow two weeks after the last storm?  Yes, I’d have to say this was better than going to a wedding.

Red Pwned Bowl earning its new name

Red Pwned Bowl earned it's new nickname on Saturday (click to view larger)

Travis Rice’s splitboards

Brian Pattee at Down the Middle custom splitboards recently got the call from Mr. T. Rice, who was looking to get a few boards split before he headed to Alaska to film with Jeremy Jones and the ‘Deeper‘ crew. The fact that Travis had to call up Brian means that obviously the long rumored Lib OEM split is still at least another year out. This guy does INSANE work (check the middle edges), I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves….

Travis Rices split quiver

Travis Rice's split quiver

The quivers bases

The quiver's bases

Lib Banana Split

Banana Split courtesy of Down the Middle

EDIT: Lib made a factory (non-drilled though) version for 2010. You can grab it online at “>US Outdoor Store.

Rome Snowboards hut trip

This vid cracks me up as they get dropped off by a real heli with their poor man’s helis (splitboards/touring gear), and they “left the sleds back at the house in revy”, but still cool that a big name team is getting after it by (mostly) human power.

Jeremy Jones “Boots are Made for Walking”

Seriously, how can you not like this guy?  Besides the fact that he drives his poor man’s Prius up to use his poor man’s heli (splitboard) and slays the bejeezus out of any line, he’s down to earth and trying to bring snowboarding back to it’s roots.  Love it. Sadly ESPN won’t let you embed in HD/widescreen, so the 4:3 version is below.

It just seems like things have gotten too soft and fluffy and perfect.  The last trip that really killed me, I did this heli trip and like we’d get off the heli and there’d be like a lady there serving us sushi in the boot room with like cocktails mixed up