As Cody Booth made his yearly migration to Alaska in search of untouched lines and epic powder – The weather was less then cooperative.
Armed with a map and pending weather forecast a decision was made to head west…as far west as possible.
The Aleutians were formed by volcanic reaction and to this day still host large active volcanoes; many with lines, couloirs and untouched possibilities. – An adventure to unbelievable to pass up for Thomas Delfino and Aspen Rain Weaver, who headed north to meet Cody in the wild frontier.
Weather, grizzly bears, and a lack of amenities made this into one of the grittiest missions to date. The little town welcomed these unusual visitors but the surrounding terrain made no concessions, forcing the crew to get creative as they searched for first descents and fresh lines.
See it all in Find Snowboarding: ALEUTIANS, the second of three full films from Rome Snowboards
In mid January of 2014 an arctic cold front set in over British Columbia, along with blue skies for the rest of the month. With a stable snowpack and good pow high up, the options for snowboarding seemed endless. It's not too often that you get to hike up and ride down just about anywhere with little concern for avalanches. I had been eying up this pillow line for over a year and it was the perfect time to give it a try.
Many thanks to Ian Provo, Pete Alport and Daniel Rönnbäck for capturing the moment that day.
Two weeks in a motorhome, searching for fresh snow and good times.
In March 2014 the snow conditions in most parts of the alps were far from perfect. So we decided to go on a roadtrip and search for some fresh powder. Chasing Powder tells the story of living in a motorhome for two weeks, camping next to the road, exploring the backcountry, building jumps, hucking cliffs and enjoying freedom! The search brought us south. We spent most of the time cruising around the Italian Dolomites.
Last fall, Jones traveled to Nepal for the largest descent of his life—a 21,400 foot peak that he dubbed the Shangri-La Spine Wall. His arrival at the foot of this peak coincided with the final weeks of Nepal’s monsoon season. While waiting for a suitable weather window in which to summit his objective, Jones had ample opportunities to acclimate and plan for his mission.
Once the monsoon season began to subside, Jones still had to approach his objective with an element of patience. Before he could attempt to summit the Shangri-La Spine Wall, he first needed to simply get back on the snow. Between trekking to his base camp and waiting out the remainder of the monsoon season, three weeks had passed since he had arrived in Nepal. Yet in addition to his need to get back on the snow, Jones also needed to assess the safety and stability of the snowpack—especially since little information was available on the area’s conditions both before and throughout his trip to Nepal.
During their first day on the snow, Jones and Luca Pandolfi—his partner for the mission—summited a nearby peak for a test run. With the help of Nima Tasi Sherpa and Dawa Sherpa, the duo climbed Mingbo La Pass. Once a common route for climbers headed to Everest, this pass fell out of favor as easier routes opened up for accessing the peak’s base camp. With an aspect similar to that of the Shangri-La Spine Wall, Mingbo La Pass provided an opportunity to carefully study the area’s snowpack. At 19,000 feet, the pass also offered a glimpse into the challenges Jones and Pandolfi would face in the days ahead