by Seth Lightcap. posted on 19 April
Longer days and stable snow make spring the season to explore the highest, most remote backcountry peaks. Jones ambassadors have been making the most of the April sunshine and laying tracks on high lines around the world. Read on for trip reports from the Tantalus Range in B.C. Canada, the Tamok Valley in Norway and the High Sierra in California.
Tantalus Range - British Columbia, Canada
Report + Photos by Yuta Watanabe
I spent an awesome week in the Tantalus Range with my friends Tempei Takeuchi and Shikaichi Ueki. You can see this beautiful mountain range from the Sea to Sky highway in Squamish B.C.
We spent a week staying in the ACC hut and hiked steep lines all around the area. This couloir ran almost to the top of Alpha Peak.
The Tantalus hold huge potential for riding steep terrain and learning glacier travel skills. This shot was on the way back from the 10 hour push to Alpha peak....almost beer-thirty! Check out Tempei Takeuchi’s shots from the Tantalus trip here
Lyngen Alps - Tamok, Norway
Report by Miikka Hast
For the past month I have been parked in Tamok valley in Northern Norway. I have been filming for Approach & Attack with Antti Autti, Will Jackways and crew. Conditions have been variable but we have had some excellent days exploring couloirs in the Lyngen Alps. The mountains here are totally wild - no resorts or lifts. Everything is splitboarding/hiking access only. Photo - Ode Silvonen.
Needless to say, all the hiking pays off! Photo - Eva Eskilsson
This was a couloir drop into a massive wave. Pretty unique feature. Snowboarding into snow surfing!
The mountains drop down straight to the sea so we scored some good surf inbetween the pow shredding. Northern Norway is definitely the place to spend the spring! Season is long here and powder is not rare even in May! Photo - Janne Hinkkanen
High Sierra, California
Report + Photos by Seth Lightcap
After a very dry winter in California, a solid storm finally pounded the Sierra in late March. The heavy spring dump was enough to convince Jimmy Goodmann, Cory Rice, Allison Lightcap and I to push deep into the backcountry to climb a stunning peak we had been drooling over for many years. This pyramid-shaped peak features a steep east face that begins with an imposing headwall dropping right off the small summit. With confidence in the stability of the spring snowpack, our plan was to climb and shred one of the sharky headwall gullies.
Ankle deep spring snow made for relatively easy climbing up the 50 degree headwall. It was nice to have an axe in hand (or at least a pole axe) as quite a few steps punched through to rock.
Dropping off the top we found chalky panels hidden on the more northeast aspect of the face. Here’s Jimmy ripping half way down the peak.
We camped in a gorgeous cirque around the corner from the peak. Mild temps and just a breath of wind made for perfect camping weather.
There’s multiple lifetimes worth of sweet lines hidden in the High Sierra. Here’s Allison shredding into the last choke of a couloir we found right above camp.
by Seth Lightcap. posted on 3 April
Glorious powder snow fell from the sky all over the world in the month of March. Our team was there, hungry mouths wide open, ready to lap it up...
Canada got pounded by storms in March. Andrew Hardingham caught this wicked selfie shredding in the Kootenays.
Here’s another one of Hardingham ripping a rowdy line in Golden, BC
Claudia Avon has been getting after it in the Whistler Backcountry. Kale Stephens snapped this shot of Claudia throttling a lovely spine line.
Even the east coast of Canada got hammered. Here’s a rad zone in Quebec that got slayed on a splitboard by Fabrice Tremblay. Photo - CDG
The Alps got hit with a solid storm in the beginning of the month, then suffered through a nasty warm-up for a couple weeks. Liz Daley found blower pow in Chamonix after the first set of storms. Photo - @MarqDiamond
Mitch Toelderer, Bibi Pekarek, Ryland Bell and Forrest Shearer went on a powder hunt to the Italian Dolomites mid-month. Mitch snapped this sick sunset shot of the crew setting up camp on an overnight mission.
To no surprise, the crew found a few faceshots in Italy. Here’s Forrest gettin his, as Ryland gets the shot.
Rob Kingwill jumped the pond over to Japan in March. As usual, the Japanese Alps delivered the goods...JA’POW!
Hokkaido powder playground. Photo - Rob Kingwill
Wyoming definitely takes the ’Powder Country’ title for 2014. Jackson Hole continued to get crushed all month. Photo - Alex Yoder
Teton Tube. Photo - Alex Yoder
Mark Carter toured into Mt. Moran with the TGR crew and ripped the Skillet Glacier. Photo - Mark Carter
What a month...here’s to an epic April! Photo - Iris lazz
by Seth Lightcap. posted on 2 April
Ralph Backstrom rode his Carbon Flagship 164 to a second straight win at the Freeride World Tour finals in Verbier! Ralph’s line down the infamous Bec De Rosses included a couple huge drops and wisely avoided some of the variable snow conditions that plagued many of the competitors. It was a huge comeback win and well deserved. Ralph trains year-around to stomp lines like this:
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