Category Archives: Snowboarding

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Lake Tahoe

I captured these images back in 2006 at Lake Tahoe. Two friends and I ventured west to slide our shred-sticks down mountains. Twas my first time past doing so. This past week I scanned the negatives from that trip, converting them to digital files.

Many great photos exist amongst those digital negatives. Here are a few which could not wait to be published online.

Enjoy, until the shred returns.

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El Fin

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El fin, or the end, (for those who don’t understand foreign languages) implies a linear progression.  I don’t think of life as linear.  Therefore, I don’t think of life’s experiences as linear.  Yes, things begin that may not have existed before.  But, let’s get cosmic for a second: do experiences ever really end?

Snow falls, piles up, then it melts – it’s the hydrogen cycle baby! During the 3rd step of the cycle, evaporation, snowboarders go back to riding skateboards, swinging golf clubs, pedaling bikes, eating burritos, folkin’, and so on; but, the thoughts of last season always linger. Piling up like the snow did  last fall.  As seasons go by the end gets easier.  Perhaps that’s because it seems to occur later and later into the Spring as I squeeze every last drop from Winter.  In 2012, April 28 marked my final day strapping on a snowboard. In 2013, my final day was April 20th.

After 15 years of sliding sideways, I am growing more and more okay with the end.  Of course I always look forward to Winter and shredding,  but I rest assured knowing Winter will return, global warming or not. I’m done with whining about it being “over.”  Because it is not over. We’re just fasting.

So with this idea in mind I wrote this post as a tribute to my final indulgence before a 7-month fast from sliding sideways.

A brief summation of my final shred-session this season: a trip to Tuckerman’s Ravine:

– Leave Friday and climb a real rock for the first time. Camp in the backyard of a dude who had an elk rack on his house. Dude enjoys wine and climbing – both in equal excess.  His girlfriend  teaches outdoorsy stuff at a catholic, all-female college in Massachusetts.  She has 5  students visiting this same weekend.  The first thing she tells us is that they are all devote christians.

– Awake Saturday and found a great deal on bagels – eat 6 bagels all day.

– Begin hike up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail at 8am.  Use the splitboard and make it  up the 2.5 trail in 1:45:00.

– Wicked thaw – freeze cycle has turned the ravine into bullet-proof ice; we hike up anyway.  Make 2 turns and slide down 300 ft on my ass.  Proceed to hang out in bowl with snow-margaritas, bourbon and other stuff. Have a fun, safe ride down the Sherburne trail on corn snow.

– Go to a parking lot somewhere in the Whites to cook fish, venison and sausage. Also, drink more bourbon.

-Fall asleep, wake up, check out a local crag, and drive home to a 70F Philadelphia.

And so, the fast has begun.

The Chin

Just thinking a little today about the powder. These are two images from my only hike up The Chin with the ultimate intention of snowboarding down.  I must say, hiking is much more fun if your means of getting down is shredding powder.  Yep,  I miss the powder.

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Farewell Methods

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Stowe has stopped turning their lifts.  But, the snow remains.  This morning, Bonnie and I hiked up to get a few extra methods in before they tore down the jump.  The snow won’t be going anywhere for a long time … Continue reading

Why aren’t you Jibbing?

Happy 2012

I opened up a new year with snow, fire, Yeungling, and a bunch of people who enjoy throwing themselves at things with boards strapped to their feet. I tried to capture the night with my camera.  Unfortunately, many of the shots did not turn out as planned. My camera shifted on the tripod and missed most of the tricks being thrown down on the door to tree wall ride.

I also missed the entire session on the tire bonk.  Some highlights from memory include a skier sticking his skis in the tire and flipping over it; a snowboarder putting on skis and doing a 180 over it; and a bunch of other people just throwing themselves over the damn thing.

The last big throwdown occurred on a 8 ft up rail to big drop.  I did capture some of the things being put down on this rail and damn they were awesome.  Hopefully we will all be back soon to do some more sideways slidin’.

Enjoy the new year, but first, enjoy the rest of these pictures.

Spring, Into Summer; Blues

The spring time is not a friendly time; snowboarders must deal with the withdraw of wintertime fun.  Today I had a brief relapse of my wintertime good times.  So I did the logical thing: threw on some winter-inspired tunes and looked at some photos from past winters.  Due to my photo habits – I take pictures; throw them on my computer; leaving them there forever – I had not revisited any images from this past winter.  What you have below is not just a revealing of some of the antics from Winter 2011; it is much more, so much that the best way to explain it is to show you what happens when you mix snow, beer, liquor, a backyard snowboard park, cool pads, odd costumes and a bunch of snowboarders…

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First Chair, Last Call

A reoccurring theme throughout our trip was to obtain “first chair.”  Often “last call” would inhibit this endeavor.  I believe this was one of the days where we made “first chair following lunch.”  Regardless, shred was about to begin and these two shots capture the crew’s mentality.  First chair is still first chair, even if it is after lunch.

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