Over the course of a week I travelled with the Snowledge crew through mostly Oregon and riding the peaks that were still covered in snow. A large amount of the project was shot on iPhone on top of a bracket while I was also shooting stills, this defintley knocks the quality down on both but let me create a huge amount of content to keep the Snowledge social media feeds going through the summer.
Always nice to see a new shot in print as that hasn’t been my focus for a while and this one was in the SNOWBOARD magazine exposure competition, it was a finalist for the abstract section and just one of those shots that turned out. This was a plan B after hiking up Squaw in the late summer, I had to get my twelve calendar months and Garrett Cygan is just always keen to ride. We we’re making a short video for Snowledge when I figured this would like better as a still and well I’m really happy that it did and really happy with how well the DJI Mavic Pro turns out in print.
I didn’t ride everyday but I did ride every month and every month theres something pretty all time to do, thanks to all the friends who did this with me.
All twelve months is one of those ridiculous things that people cling to, it’s a weird badge of honor to have dedicated at least one day each to snowboarding, October is often the hard one, it doesn’t really fit in the Southern Hemisphere, as a lot of people have left by then or started working on the summer sport, it sometimes fits in the Northern Hemisphere if your lucky to get an early storm. Garrett has done more than his fair share, he rode in October for closing day of TC, he went to the patch in South Lake and then he came with me on a stupid long walk on my thirtieth birthday in the last days of October. Snowboarding is still fun, even if this snow did kinda suck.
The winter of twenty seventeen was something to remember in the Tahoe region, and as the testing home of Snowledge I spent a lot of the season grabbing clips, not really ever filming for this but just taking everything I could get with the crew and cutting it a whole lot of different ways, from posting in the app to longer clips in a number of different ways and this is the cumulation of that. Testing an app has never been better.
New Zealand will always be home, even if I don’t call it home day to day so having the chance to get back and hang out with family and friends but also sneak in our fair share of days on the hill.
Of one of the strangest trips I’ve been on recently, I took a massive road trip as only possibly in the U.S. to head into Yellowstone and through to Beartooth Basin Summer Ski area for a 2* FWQ event, the weather was off and on so this was a little between, touristing, road laps and the comp.
Finishing up Cascadia took a lot longer than these final climbs but it was also pretty amazing and kinda a bad idea to take a full camera bag up Mt. Shasta in a day, I’d do it again tomorrow if I had to tho.
As we continued up through the Cascade range we hit weather in Oregon, this was the longest I’ve spent in the state and started to see the beauty in the place, Bend does amazing beer as well as has some real fun mountains to climb.
The first episode of Cascadia, the spring split board and ski touring project, Mike Handford along with a bunch of friends, myself and some cameras but at this point I’m going to let the video speak for itself.