I began framing my truck bed today, I hope to have a raised platform above my truck bed to keep the cold of winter away from my body. It was funny as I was making it I was thinking of what it is to give up my apt. to save money to take on this epic adventure, really what I came too in my mind is “who cares”. If my life was based on security then I wouldn’t be taking the trip, I’d rather live through spontaneity. I’m planning on throwing a snowboard rack on the inside of the camper shell and some shelving as well. I just spent some time on couchsurfing.org, hopefully I’ll get some responses and have an opportunity to meet some awesome people on my trip. Just in case though, I’ll have a decked out truck and all my winter camping gear like a four season tent and so forth.

 

Coming to terms

The weather is getting cooler, I’m getting the reports in my news feed of storms puking snow across the U.S., pictures of people snowboarding in powder already and some resorts have almost 3 feet of thatfluffywhite stuff already. I’ve got the itch to go get on my stunt stick(snowboard) and slay a mountain.

The commercial spot prawn season is coming to an end and I find myself in a great transition from fisherman by trade to adventurer by obsession. Its hitting me hard, the adventure I’m about to embark on. The departure date is less than thirty days and the idea, the dream, the goal has been in process for over a year and a half. It seems that everyday there is a new development or a new feeling towards it. There is constant growth personally as to my values and my thoughts and ideas on life. I’m finding that the more important things like family are really taking on a new roll, my relationship to my girlfriend is becoming an increasingly more significant part of my life, and my roll in these relationships and in friendahips is one of the most valuable things I have. It doesn’t matter much what I have anymore, the fact is I gave most of it up. I’m ok with only having the neccesities, some cloths, some things to keep me warm, food, a phone so i can get a hold of people, and a computer to help research my next move. These things for me are a necessity.

I was thinking about my lack of experience splitboarding, also my lack of experience riding out of california and conditioning, I asked myself If I was ready to take on this new challange. I don’t think I’ve ever been more ready for it. The oly time is now, and the best possible thing I can do is be ready for whats next. Isn’t that why we love riding isn’t it because we really don’t know whats next. We don’t know whats after the next bumb or the next tree or corner. It makes it exhilerating. I don’t know whats around the next corner for me, but I have a feeling if I follow my passion to go snkwboard the gnarliest terrain I can find, I’ll get to what I am looking for out there. Being content with what I have isn’t enough, I need to find the best way to utilize it to persue my passions and to align myself for whatever may be in store. This is a soul searching mission and i have a feeling we are already well underway.

Revelstoke Canada Aye!! North Face Freeride World Tour

Man, this winter road trip just got a huge addition. An unexpected one at that. I’ll be going to Revelstoke, British Columbia, CA Jan4th – Jan12th of 2013!

I was reading through a post at snowboardingforum.com and just came across a post about Revelstoke Splitfest which is followed by The North Face Freeride World Tour.

I’m defiantly going to attend the Splitfest and I’m looking into competition registration for the Freeride World Tour. I’ll be fresh off a month long stay in Jackson, WY and riding in the Grand Tetons, and at this point have been on the road for 7 weeks riding as many days of gnarly back country as possible. I imagine I will be up to par to at least participate in the event or sister event if room is available. I’m doing more research but I’m real stoked on the possibility. Something great will come of this.

I remember sitting on the couch a couple years back, a little chubbier, real lazy, maybe even stoned, pretty much useless. I was watching videos of The North Face Freeride Tour, and I remember thinking to myself how fu**in’ cool it would be to experience that. Now years later, clean and sober, productive and in active pursuit of my dream to be the best snowboarder I can be, it may be a possibility. Even if I was only able to show up and watch, that sufficient, I want to ride but most of all I just want to be there, see and meet some other great riders. Rider licences and registration starts mid Dec. we’ll see what happens. If you’ve never heard of or seen the event here is a little glimpse.

Nothing is impossible, anything can happen in your life, dream of it often, find a passion, make it an obsession and go for it. I found mine and its snowboarding.

 

Respect, To those who came before me.

I’ve got to share this. I owe a great debt of gratitude to people like Jeremy Jones and others like him. People who have followed and pursued their passions, seen the good and bad times and pushed through to the other side. One thing that keeps me stoked for winter through summer is snowboard movies! Keeps me dreaming of winter and what I work for all year.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/46697798″>Jeremy Jones’ Further Official Trailer – Teton Gravity Research 2012 Snowboard Film</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/tetongravity”>Teton Gravity Research</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Really I owe a great deal to many people that have enabled or encouraged me in my life. My father and mother first and foremost, all the men in my boy scout troop that voulenteered their time when I was a kid, though I hated the idea of belonging to that organization, it taught me a great deal. My boss now, Keith. Man that guy is on point, always coming through on what he said. Never judging and always respectful and encouraging. My girlfriend Misty for being totally supportive for my crazy ideas, my friends for believing and to some extent living vicariously through me. And all those who don’t share my enthusiasm for the outdoors and higher knowledge, they say if there are people who don’t agree with you you must be doing something right.

Persistance and or Doubt

As much as I’d like to write about how excited I am about this documentary and how well that aspect of my trip is going, I need to touch on the struggle i am facing. Its not that i have resolved to not making an awesome documetary, but I am a bit discouraged. Everything is lining up perfectly in regards to the travel aspect of the trip. The patience of waiting for the equipment to film is driving me crazy, and as time passes doubt begins to work its way in. I have to say first and formost traveling and snowboarding is priority number one. Filming is second. I don’t want to say that it is not going to happen but I have to accept that it may not happen this year. The additional cost including film equipment, as I have figured it, is some where around $5000. That inclueds a location budget, legal needs, post production and so forth. Really its not a huge budget to work with but when added to an undetermined number in the thousands i am already putting forth it really adds up. The price of gas, food, equipment and any extras is a lot. So it may be an option to make this a two year project. To use this year for networking, skill building and concept development. To snowboard as much as possible because really its a personal journey and atthe end of the day Iam on a personal mission to find my truth. More on this later… Desire overcomes many obsticals. I will do what I can to make this project become a reality.

Sunset on the Pacific

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We are so blessed with the world we live in. Outside of all the politics that consume everyday living and an ever emproaching government, we are given the opportunity to experience the most beautiful places and environments hereon earth. As a commercial fisherman I am “overpaid” you could say. I’m not speaking of monetary compensation. I’m speaking of the experience of something greater than myself, being outdoors or having the opportunity to dive into the ocean essencially removing myself from what has become the standard human environment, my comfort zone. I am paid in beauty, awe and a great respect for things outside of myself, things beyond my scope of understanding. Granted we can almost break anything down scientifically but that wouldn’t give me the spiritual conectivity that I feel when i see scenery and majestic views such as the one depicted above. I wish that for all of us, the humbleness to truely stand in awe of the world we live in. -Shane

Sierra Designs 3 man tent added to the list of gear

Recently while driving home from Yosemite National Park, we stopped off at Mammoth Mountaineering Supply. Though the store was packed full of good stuff, tents, climbing equipment, snow equipment, avalanche gear and so on. The real gold was found on a bulletin board in the entry way to the shop. There I found a listing for a 4 season 3 man tent, and it was almost stealing with a price of $125. Granted the tent is a few years old. Retail on a similar tent is upwards of $450. The tent it a Sierra Designs 3 man, 4 season tent, super light weight and durable, excellent for any conditions under 70 mph winds. I know this because an old climbing friend had a Sierra Designs tent that I have used often. I’m really excited about the find and cant wait to use it. Sample picture below.