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05/04/2019 11:53 pm  

Ashley Call pow surfing, taken by my bossman on their trip to ID with Lando. The top of the chute slid, so he had to point it out of there, without bindings, including sled tracks at the bottom - if you’ve ever ridden one, you know that’s insane. Zoom in on this one.

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08/04/2019 12:38 pm  

Trent's footage


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10/04/2019 9:26 am  

A few buddies and I hired local split guide Justin Lamoureux to show us around the Tantalus range and teach us some mountaineering skills we've been wanting to learn for a while now. The Tantalus range is the gnarly looking zone that you see across the river from Squamish on the way back from Whistler and was featured in this Patagonia vid. For being so close to Van (5 min heli ride the cost of a Whis lift ticket), people rarely go there, mainly because of how gnarly and crevassed the terrain is and how prone it is to weather. We heli'd in to a hut up there for 3 days, then did another 2 in the Blackcomb backcountry, but the Tantalus was definitely the highlight. 

I've been a fan of Justin's ever since he put out the Backyard project a few years ago. He recently became a full ACMG certified ski guide (the path that Craig trailblazed for splitters) and before that was a pro and competed in pipe for Canada at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. So he straight up rips. 

When we flew in to the Tantalus, the winds were howling out of the north harder than I'd ever seen so we were sure that all the N-facing stuff we wanted to ride was going to be windfucked and unrideable. I thought we were going to be confined to the one mellow line on the glacier for all 3 days. But after a day of learning rope skills in the hut, the wind died down and we were able to get out on our 2nd day to find the wind hadn't ruined everything, and we climbed and rode a few sick lines. I have a decent amount of experience touring and climbing steep stuff but I was a little bit out of my comfort zone the entire time - climbing steeper more exposed stuff than I ever had and riding lines where sluff management was a much bigger deal than it ever had been for me, but the whole experience was sick. This place is basically in my backyard, and I will be going back at least once a season from now on!


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10/04/2019 9:51 am  
Posted by: notsak

A few buddies and I hired local split guide Justin Lamoureux to show us around the Tantalus range and teach us some mountaineering skills we've been wanting to learn for a while now. The Tantalus range is the gnarly looking zone that you see across the river from Squamish on the way back from Whistler and was featured in this Patagonia vid. For being so close to Van (5 min heli ride the cost of a Whis lift ticket), people rarely go there, mainly because of how gnarly and crevassed the terrain is and how prone it is to weather. We heli'd in to a hut up there for 3 days, then did another 2 in the Blackcomb backcountry, but the Tantalus was definitely the highlight. 

I've been a fan of Justin's ever since he put out the Backyard project a few years ago. He recently became a full ACMG certified ski guide (the path that Craig trailblazed for splitters) and before that was a pro and competed in pipe for Canada at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. So he straight up rips. 

When we flew in to the Tantalus, the winds were howling out of the north harder than I'd ever seen so we were sure that all the N-facing stuff we wanted to ride was going to be windfucked and unrideable. I thought we were going to be confined to the one mellow line on the glacier for all 3 days. But after a day of learning rope skills in the hut, the wind died down and we were able to get out on our 2nd day to find the wind hadn't ruined everything, and we climbed and rode a few sick lines. I have a decent amount of experience touring and climbing steep stuff but I was a little bit out of my comfort zone the entire time - climbing steeper more exposed stuff than I ever had and riding lines where sluff management was a much bigger deal than it ever had been for me, but the whole experience was sick. This place is basically in my backyard, and I will be going back at least once a season from now on!

That is so, so sick!  I'm a big fan of that dude as well.  Sounds like an awesome trip and money well spent.  Props to you and your buddies.

I feel you on wanting to gain mountaineering skills so as to really open up your options.   I am in the Yukon, so we have the Kluane/St. Elias Icefields right there.  Myself and a buddy are flying in there with two mountain guides on the 4th or May for two weeks of ski/split-mountaineering on the Mt. Kennedy/Mt. Hubbard/Mt. Alverstone massif.  Like you, we figure that spending all that time learning mountaineering and glacier travel/crevasse rescue skills from the pros will open up the option to make yearly trips into there.

Our guides will both be skiers, though, and I'll be the only one on split.   Spending time with an ACMG split-guide would be even better, as they will view things through the same lens (i.e. skiers sometimes ride stuff with longer flat sections for obvious reasons).  Plus, that guy is a known bad ass.  I am considering contacting him or Joey Vosburgh to inquire into some guided days in BC next season.

That dude also builds his own splits under the Spline brand, eh.  His Mako shape looks pretty dope.   Did you get a chance to pick his brain about his splitboard design philosophies?  


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10/04/2019 11:15 am  

@notsak

Hard boots???


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10/04/2019 2:53 pm  

holy shit @notsak that is SO sick!! very jealous of the shit you get after

5'9" | 185 lbs | US9 boots (K2 TT) | Now - Drive & YES. | Gnu Beast 158 | YES. 420 148 | Arbor Clovis 157 | Camber, S-Rocker, Flat to Rocker | 150cm-160cm | Some Taper | Neat shapes are neat


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10/04/2019 11:22 pm  

@alonzo sounds like you're in a pretty sick location! I def consider myself a snowboarder first and a mountaineer only when I need to be, but those skills are necessary to get to the gnar safely. To me the hardest thing to learn are all the rope skills. If you climb, a lot of that stuff is second nature, but I don't so I was starting from scratch and because I don't climb, I quickly forget all my knots and shit cause I only use it a few days a year. But I took a glacier travel course last year, and after this trip with Justin, things have def started to sink in. Like anything, it's just about repetition. But the stuff you can access is completely expanded with those skills. Like I have backed off from a lot of big lines before because I wasn't completely sure about stability or the entrance was sketchy and I couldn't see far enough into it or whatever. Now I know how to safely check something out while my buddy belays me so I can ski cut something or just scope it out and know that I'm on a rope so I won't die if shit goes down. And I can just climb back out if I don't like it. To me, just being able to do that opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

I've been on a bunch of touring hut trips where the guides are skiers. I've only had one trip where I didn't like the guide and the rest were rad, but it's def not like being guided by a rider. The thing with Justin too is that not only is he a splitter, so he wants to approach and ride terrain the same way you want to, but he fucking rips and wants to ride the gnar and get you to ride it too. It was by far the best guided experience I've had. I mean it was basically like riding with a pro shred who also happens to have all the knowledge of a full ACMG guide. I highly recommend getting him or another split-guide you like if you can. Vosbergh looks like he'd be rad too. Justin and him are longtime friends apparently. 

And yeah he's the lone dude behind Spline. He was testing a carbon proto version of the fish sticks (split version of the mako) on our trip and it looked pretty sick. I'm trying to get him to make one in the 56-58 range so I can buy one. We did talk a bit about his designs and I def want to buy a couple of his models now. The fish sticks would be my go to daily split - twin shape between the contact points, directional flex, and a pinner tail that has the sinking property of a swallowtail but mimics taper better and lets you ride switch. It's genius. Would love to get the what? split too for deep days - too lazy to type it all out here but he's thought a lot about the asym shape specifically for pow riding and it makes a lot of sense. He's like 6'3" or something and his pow split is the 144 what?

@89c51 yeah I'm getting old and fat so I'm throwing technology at the problem. IMO, hard boots and tech toepieces are way more efficient at skinning than a soft boot setup. Hardboots are way better for kicking steps, wearing crampons, and just general mountaineering shit too. Go up like a skier and down like a rider! Justin hates hardboots and is able to do all the mountaineering stuff just fine in his 32 Jones boots, but he's just a tad more fit and capable than me ;). Honestly it is a bit of a compromise, hardboots don't have all the mobility of a softboot setup for the way down, but it comes pretty close, and I'm not spinning and riding switch when I'm in them. For me, the gains on the way up (which you're doing 95% of the time) are worth the small penalty on the way down. I still have a softboot setup that I use for pow or smaller days, but for big missions and big mountain stuff I'm a fruitbooter at least for now


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18/04/2019 2:02 am  

2 days ago. bluebird slushy and lots of riding buddys.

was a great day except i scared a little girl when i went past her and her dad was gona fight me.

i had to bring out my jedi mindtricks to calm the situation down.

this havent happened to me ever and anything similar was like 15+ years ago.

had a real adrenaline crash after that and felt like shit so i went home. xD


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20/04/2019 4:23 pm  

I'm definitely obsessed with this backcountry touring stuff.  Great week in Summit county.

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26/04/2019 9:10 am  

where'd you tour?


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26/04/2019 12:31 pm  
Posted by: psklt

where'd you tour?

Peak 1 and 2 and then came back down Silent Bob/Black Thursday (the new slide path on Peak 1).  It was crazy to see the power of a slide up close.

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26/04/2019 12:36 pm  

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30/04/2019 11:07 am  

right on! silent bob makes a nice exit out of peak 1 now. I can't wait for it to fill in over the debris next season


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02/05/2019 2:19 pm  

Jagged peaks and ridges in my home range yesterday

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02/05/2019 6:26 pm  

pow day at sunshine today, check the 'gram


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