“You have 24 hours to get here! You need to leave right now.”
It was the exact call (actually a Facebook message) I have been waiting for all my life. Two empty seats and prime conditions in HAINES, ALASKA.
I looked at Colter and we both knew exactly what was about to happen. I don’t think either of us even thought twice about the outstanding counter negatives that would have prevented 99% of the human race from pulling the trigger and making this a reality. Such as an empty wallet, extremely short notice, prior obligations, ect. No, that didn’t matter cause we got “The Call”. Before I could blink my abnormally large eyes I found my self pinning it to the airport with Colter Hinchliffe riding shotgun. On the other end of the phone call (actually Facebook messenger) from Haines was Lexi Dupont. An Idaho native that had already been in Haines for the past 2 weeks now. She was with all star photog, Will Wissman, and legendary SEABA heli guide, Reggie Crist. Two clients they had been working with had to split early which meant someone had to fill the seats. Lucky for us we were on our phones (Facebook) and got the lucky call (message) to bust ass to AK.
As a kid growing up I was constantly watching ski movies, every single day. I think it’s safe to say they had a serious impact on my life. These movies must have had some subliminal messaging going on or crazy hypnotic tendency because for some reason when ever an AK segment would come on my body would freeze and my eyes would bulge. This is the exact same thing that happened to me when I was dropped off on top of my first true AK spine wall. I was terrified, no doubt about it. I could feel my feet tingling and the need for a nervous piss came every 20 seconds. This shit was no joke. AK really is as massive as they always say in the movies. Trust me I pissed on top of it.
The following four weeks were probably the most mind blowing days of my life. With each ridge you buzzed and every valley explored, the amount of lines became uncountable. The scale of the mountains were so massive that even a small little sub peak could hide one of the most epic lines ever skied. Although we didn’t have a professional cinematographer to capture our cherry popping experience, we had a young, motivated crew coupled with possibly the most ideal photog/guide duo ever. While Will scouted light, Reggie became our cine. When it came to the skiers, Lexi, Colter and I. We would each take turns posted up on the other side of the valley shooting the barbie angle while watching our friend ski the craziest lines of their life. Not the typical way to go about filming but for us it was perfect. For us it was…
AK// OUR WAY
BIG SHOUT OUT to http://seaba-heli.com/ , the best, cheapest heli op in Alaska!!