Coming Fall 2010
"I like to earn my turns in the backcountry mountains around the world. This was a line filmed for Deeper. It was a first descent for a snowboarder, no one had ever done it before. The approach to get up there took me 5+ hours of hiking and splitboarding. Your going to have to wait and see the footage in Deeper, but meanwhile heres a couple first hand photos to keep you stoked. Enjoy!
Signature line - Photo by Zach Clanton
Halfway through The Firing Squad - Photo by Zach Clanton
This spring in Utah I was committed to checking out an area rumored to have some fun pillows. On a down day, I had Neil Provo meet me for a mellow mission to head up and explore. The pillows ended up being too low in elevation so we kept going not knowing what we would end up finding. We got to where the trail ended and had to turn back due to a late start. I did take a photo of this line that ran all the way from the top through a extremely spicy diagonal ramp that ended in an apron. I couldn’t get it out of my mind and I immediately put it to the top of my hit list (conditions permitting). Jump forward to a 5:30 am start – it was a solo mission, I was determined to complete the objective. With 2 ice axes and crampons I made my way up, tackling a scree field with loose rock near the top. Go time. Completely focused my mind turned off. It was me and the mountain. Coming into the diagonal ramp there was no room for error. Ice axe in hand I made it through the crux. Riding out the bottom, the stars aligned, I was thrilled that the line came together. When you’re splitboarding the connection to the mountains is like no other.
Its amazing the gratification you get from splitboarding and hiking. When your out there off the beaten path you become more in tune with the environment. It allows you to bring it back to the basics, there's a deeper connection to mountains. For me, health starts here with Sambazon açaí."
-Written by Forrest Shearer, Professional Snowboarder and Sambazon Ambassador