“We are all going to make mistakes. It’s truly learning from them that makes life really sweet,” says skier, climber and parent Roger Strong. On April 6th, 2011, the veteran backcountry skier was skinning up his favorite backcountry run when he triggered an avalanche that swept him and two friends hundreds of feet through steep trees. When the snow settled, he was badly injured, but alive along with his friends. In the months that followed, Strong, confined to a wheelchair, was left to sort through his decision-making. Had he failed as father and a husband? What would he take away from the experience? And if his body would allow, would he still want to ski?
“Sunrise to Sunset” by Amy Stolzenbach
“Oh Canyon” by Fenster from the album Bones Morr Music
A Duct Tape Then Beer production
Directed by Fitz Cahall
Filmed by Bryan Smith, Nasa Koski, Dave Burdick and Austin Siadak
Written by Jen Altschul and Fitz Cahall
Edited by Austin Siadak
Sound and color by Nasa Koski
Team of the day: Luca Rolli and Francesco Civra (ski), Davide Capozzi (snowboard).
7th of May 2012. After big snow storm we decided to go skiing North Face of Tour Ronde, Mont Blanc area.
40cm of fresh and soft powder. There is nothing better that ski steep slopes with this kind of snow.
High in the Canadian Arctic, 5 friends venture to the frozen fjords of North West Baffin Island during spring time. Ancient and colossal, these branching hallways of rock are the domain of seals and polar bears, and relied upon by local Inuit hunters. For visiting skiers, the fjords are nothing short of a dream. In every direction, giant couloirs ascend thousands of feet above the sea ice, weaving in between some of the tallest and cliffs on the planet. Baffin Island: A Skier's Journey EP2 [Season 2] is a step through these magical spaces.
Rope Access Tech: Marcus Waring
Many, many thanks to:
Natalie Smith & Crystal Dare
Leslie & Thomas (our Inuit guides)
Dr. Sheri Gearheard
Dr. Jason Briner
Black Diamond Equipment
Sam Mcdonald at Surefoot Whistler
"Introduction" by Sainkho Namtchylak
"Tategak" by Tanya Tagak
"Her Voice" by NEO Sounds LLC
"Sicrets of Life" by NEO Sounds LLC
"Keep the Streets Empty for Me" by Fever Ray
"Fox - Tiriganiak" by Tanya Tagak