Going FURTHER with Jeremy Jones

Going FURTHER with Jeremy Jones

New Snowboarding Film Redefines Radical In The Backcountry By Seth Lightcap Photo: Jeff Hawe/Further In 2010, pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones took us “Deeper” into the wilds of Alaska, the heart of the Alps, and the steeps of Antarctica with the release of the fi rst chapter of his backcountry snowboarding movie trilogy, Deeper Further Higher. Now the big mountain snowboarding pioneer is back on the silver screen with the recent debut of Further, his second signature fi lm with Teton Gravity Research. Where Deeper and its “hike every line you ride” message was groundbreaking for the ski and snowboard fi lm industry, Further is all that plus more. “With Deeper I explored mountain ranges that I knew pretty well,” said Jones. “With Further I checked-out ranges that I knew very little about.” Jones and the crew are still earning every turn in Further, but the “gnar knob”...
Sandbagging an Olympian

Sandbagging an Olympian

Ski Racer Daron Rahlves dives head first into the Sierra backcountry with snowboarder Jeremy Jones Story and photos by Seth Lightcap You’re only a virgin once so we had to go big. Especially considering the man of the hour. The task at hand was to take former Olympian turned pro freeskier Daron Rahlves into the backcountry for his first overnight Sierra ski trip. Now, Rahlves had explored the backcountry near Sugar Bowl on Donner Summit, but he had never been winter camping, nor had he explored the towering peaks of the High Sierra. That all was to change when he accepted my invitation to join pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones and me for an adventure in the Sierra last January. Of course, Rahlves is one of the strongest skiers on the planet, so despite his inexperience in the skintrack, this was not your average rookie outing. We needed a worthy...
Rocker 101

Rocker 101

Photo by Clark Fyans The Lowdown on Reverse Camber and Rockered Skis and Snowboards By Seth Lightcap Rocker. Camber. Zero Camber. Reverse Camber. Shovel Rocker. Banana Tech. C2 Power Banana. V-Rocker. S-Rocker. P-Rocker … Whoa! As if the camber vs. reverse camber debate in the ski and snowboard world wasn’t confusing enough a few years ago, you’re likely to find your head spinning like an out of balance washing machine looking at the racks of new boards this season. Every ski and snowboard company on the market has a reverse camber board model to offer this winter. While traditional cambered boards are definitely not dead, the rocker revolution (rocker = reverse camber) is undoubtedly here to stay, and rightfully so. There is a time and snowy place when a little rocker underfoot would probably do your riding abilities some good. Are you a beginner or intermediate rider who still catches...
Pumpin’: An Introduction to the World of Pump Tracks

Pumpin’: An Introduction to the World of Pump Tracks

By Seth Lightcap “Pumptracks are the new horseshoes.” –Mark Weir, WTB pro mountain bike racer Lory state park in Ft. Collins, CO features a massive pump track playground. www.leelikesbikes.com Unless you’ve been hanging out by the bike shop water cooler, you might not have heard of the latest craze to hit the mountain bike world – the pump track. A pump track is a small, looping trail system that you can ride continuously without pedaling. Your speed along the pump track is dependent on your ability to gain momentum by “pumping” the tight terrain transitions of the track. Once you’ve got your “pump” mastered, the track becomes a freestyle bobsled course complete with steep-bermed corners, smooth rollers, and criss-crossing interconnected lines. Well-built pump tracks allow top riders to complete a lap in less than 30 seconds while hitting top speeds over 20 mph – without a single pedal stroke mind...
Crucial Beta: The Climber’s Guidebook

Crucial Beta: The Climber’s Guidebook

By Seth Lightcap Marty Lewis on Wounded Knee. Photo by Kevin Calder. In the adventurous world of rock climbing sometimes knowledge is half the battle. Whether you’re an aspiring climber or a seasoned wall rat, having prior knowledge about the details and difficulties of a climbing route can be a vital first step to a successful ascent. Commonly known in climbing lingo as “beta,” such route information can have life and death consequences. Most climbers are all ears for route beta. Getting lost on the wall or missing a critical protection point can be scary at best and dangerous at worst. Anyone who has ever been lost on a big climb knows the value of pitch-by-pitch information. Also, anyone who has ever gotten lost while trying to descend from a big climb knows the value of detailed information. For example, the North Dome Gully descent from Washington’s Column in Yosemite...
X
- Enter Your Location -
- or -