Printed locally with love in the beautiful Comox Valley.
The West Coast Story
I still vividly remember the first day I took my newly built split board out at Evening Ridge in the Kootenays. It changed everything.. From that point on, any peak I looked up at and mind rode was mine for the taking. Within hours I could be at the top of a glacier in the Rockies or way above any tree line in Rogers Pass. It was a stepping stone to ultimate freedom and escape, and countless possibilities.. There’s an incredible feeling that comes with not just surviving but thriving in hostile alpine environments. Every worry you had on your mind vanishes with the crisp breeze, and the sun you thought was lost is burning brighter than ever. You get the best of both worlds, skinning up is a walking Mahasi meditation, methodical and calculated, soaking in the magic and serenity moment by moment. You really get to connect with the landscape and with your body, as you peel off layers and breath deeply. Then, like an eagle getting ready to make a dive, you strap in, and your board becomes a paint brush. The adrenaline fills your veins, all thoughts melt away, and you become one with the trillions of crystals beneath. As gravity kicks in, you fall, exploding gracefully, over fluffy pillows, on buttery lips, and under soft blankets. We sink knee deep, chest deep, nipples deep, and howl like wolves until dusk creeps over the jagged horizons. I dreamt this painting up for my good friend Tanya Hisch who I met through Forestry School at Selkirk College. We spent many days split boarding around the Kootenays over those two years. The triangular peak is Mount Fisher and can be seen from her home town of Cranbrook, B.C.