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YETI SPRING UPDATE
3 days ago
again friends, family, and supporters of Nimbus Independent’s “Hunting
Yeti” project. This is your trusty correspondent Ike Smith with an
update from the first month of shooting for Webisode 3.
half of April blessed the Northwest with steady snowfall at a lower
than average elevation, so we all celebrated by skiing nearly everyday
for two weeks. Chris and Pep were in Alaska filming for PBP, while the
rest of the crew was in Oregon. Mt. Hood Ski Bowl was nice enough to
let us come to the resort midweek for a private pow session, which
produced the worlds smallest backflip session on the world’s smallest
jump. Andy won the style award, with a perfect statue backflip, while I
tried a double back off a jump that came up to my waist, receiving
crash of the day. Once the skies started to clear, we hiked around the
canyons and found some pretty cool snow formations. We were able to
jump off, on, up to, and use them any which way we could. The filming
hunt only lasted a day or two until the snow baked out, and with the
inspiration of the “Duff Pirate” we decided to gear up for the first snow camping mission of the year.
having such a good time in Oregon it was time to try out Washington, on
a volcano that blew up in the last 30 years. The crew consisted of
myself, Pollard, Mahre, Wiegand, and Felix Rioux. We took our
snowmobiles with us, which made us think it would be a good idea to
pull a trailer behind us. Mine was two snowboards with a plastic sled
mounted on top, while Pollard and Wiegand tried the inflatable raft
method. Let’s just say it took us over two hours to make it ten miles
to the camp spot, and it wasn’t pretty. Once we got camp set up and ate
dinner it was time to rest up for the next day. We woke up early and
started to explore the mountain. It wasn’t long before finding a real
nice left side hip. After some deliberation on the angle of the lip, we
got it built and sessioned it for a while. It turned out to be one of
the most fun jumps of the year. We decided to leave the next day, and
fortunately, the ride out was much easier since all the beer was in our
belly’s instead of on our backs. After a few days rest, it was time to
head to Mammoth, California and meet up with Chris and Pep.
the big time local aside from my 4 year stint, got us in to hit
Snowboarder Mag’s Superpark on the backside of the mountain. Since it was snowboard SP, we got to session with some crazy
snowboarders. As usual Mammoth had some big hits pushed up; hips, step
down, crazy three way gap, which all had real nice transitions. After a
couple days back there, it was time to hit the Main Park, which had
some awesome features as well. Chris, Pep, Eric, and Garrett Russell
sessioned down a 10 foot section of a lift tower stuck straight up in
the snow, with a 15 foot gap on and off. It was all fun and games until
Pep went for a leap frog, and did a Kung Fujas straight into it.
Unfortunately, the tower won. He toughed that one out as usual, while
the rest of the crew got some good shots. Eric, Wiegand, and Garrett
left that night to get the next camping mission lined up in Mt. Hood.
Chris, Pep, Felix and I stayed behind and got to hit another amazing
jump that Mammoth built on the backside. It was a bit windy, but the
backdrop was beautiful and the boys got some more shots in the bag. As
I write this, we’re on our way to meet up with the rest of the crew at
the campsite tomorrow morning for what should be a great session on Mt.
Hood, with the whole crew together for the first time this year! Could
get crazy. Tune into Webisode 3 at rip.tv/nimbusindependent on June
15th and be sure to download the Hi-Def version!