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Lynsey Dyer Downloads Her GoPro® Experience in the Andes
Posted on November 13, 2013

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As we reported last week on the Live Your Adventure blog, Eddie Bauer athlete Lynsey Dyer made an impressive showing with both her skiing and her shooting in GoPro’s New HERO3+ Adventure Series edit from the heart of the Chilean Andes. The episode is impressive and has already logged more than 300,000 views on YouTube, but we wanted to know more about the entire experience. So we caught up with Dyer, in between her business classes and her edit sessions for her new Pretty Faces all-women’s ski film project, to get her download on the backstory of the session. The response we received was the unfiltered report on the experience—parentheticals included for emphasis—from shredding big Chilean lines with Jackson, Rice, and Davenport to feeling like a ninja on a stealth mission. —LYA Editor

Self-Capture in the Andes, Lynsey Dyer

Interview with and Images by Lynsey Dyer

What was the most memorable aspect of filming for the GoPro® HERO3+ Adventure series in Chile?

Setting off an avalanche was the most memorable moment of the trip. It hadn’t snowed in a month, and overnight the conditions had gone from a 30-inch base of dust on crust to over three feet of fresh. (yes, we did a snow dance…and it worked) It was a red flag situation for sure. (couldn’t gather that from the edit could ya??) I found an isolated couloir and made a ski cut, expecting things to move. It broke about four feet above me tough and even though I was prepared for it, it was still a struggle to stay on my feet as everything slid to that old bed surface. We set off about three slides that day and one of the GoPro guys was almost caught, but it was a true testament what it means to be a pro. Beyond enjoying the fun and delivering what we were there to capture. It takes ultimate humility, respect and paying your dues to be able to deliver regardless of the circumstances.

When did you get the call and what was your reaction?

I got the call about two weeks before we left, with strict instructions not to tell anyone why we were headed to Chile. They were adamant about keeping the HERO3+ in the bag until the launch in October. That part was fun. I felt like a ninja on a stealth mission.

What was the most inspiring aspect of shredding with that crew?

Shredding with snowboarders is so fun. Sorry skiers, but we need to lighten up (myself included). It’s easy to get wrapped up in hitting the gnarliest, scariest line or racing all the time. Overall it’s easy to let things get intense out there for obvious reasons, but these guys brought a different attitude that was easy to emulate. They weren’t looking so much for the biggest, most dangerous…they didn’t have anything to prove…they were looking for features to play off of and their attitude actually helped me step up to bigger stuff with a relaxed attitude, which helped my skiing a ton. (Note to self: fun is infectious.)

With three Red Bull athletes on the crew, did you feel at all intimidated in that environment?

I was intimidated for about five minutes. After that I was in ultimate appreciation for the next 10 days. I still don’t really know how or why I got this opportunity. Maybe it was the elevation, but it was easy to be in awe at every moment. I was so honored just to stand in those mountains, with a helicopter at my disposal, making my own calls as a skier, telling the story from my own unique perspective as a creative. (we shot everything ourselves) I felt like my ultimate dream was finally coming true…skiing, art, and friends in the mountains on somebody else’s dime. Yup, doesn’t get better than that.

What was it like being the only woman filming with such a dude-heavy crew?

I’m used to being the token girl attempting to prove that I’m worthy of being there by competing with the guys. I’m proud to finally say I’ve stopped competing and trying to gain some sort of approval…now I’m looking for the most aesthetic line or moment that truly captures the experience for someone who might be watching.  If it looks fun and beautiful and inspiring…that’s my line! I got a tow-in first decent in with that mentality. (ironically it didn’t make the edit—the guide was nervous but I wasn’t.)

Picking the Line

What is different about the heli experience in the Southern Hemisphere?

The helicopter pilot reflected his culture well. Laughing loudly, gregarious and crude yet from the heart. We heard stories of him riding on top of the car for fun while his daughter drove….he was certainly one of the best pilots I’ve ever flown with.

Do you feel like your experience filming, filmmaking and shooting your own photos make for better GoPro footage?

I sure hope so. I felt like I could bring my photography sense to the team to capture angles or moments they weren’t used to seeing. (ironically the first shot in the edit came from that idea.) I put a GoPro in my mouth to capture what it was like to wake up in a ski mecca.

Where were you filming and what was the terrain like?

We were filming outside of La Parva, where the “Flight of the Condor” event was being held at the same time. The Andes might be the biggest mountains I’ve ever seen. They seem endless and if they consistently got more snow, I’d move there.

I love your quote about your dreams becoming reality and the past life…can you tell us where that thought or sentiment came from?

I really mean it. I was born into the life of a skier. That’s the greatest card a soul could pull. I’d take that over the life of a rock star or model, actress or most powerful politician any day.  Though I didn’t grow up feeling as pretty or wealthy as the kids I grew up with in Sun Valley, I’m finding now that it was a blessing because it made me work a little harder on all levels.

Heli shredding in the Andes with GoPro and a sick crew…does it get any better than that?

In this particular case, the answer is no, it does not get better. I’ve been on plenty of shoots, though, that look great on the outside but are actually miserable. Don’t forget it’s our job to make skiing look like the most fun sport ever, but as all real skiers know, it’s very rarely sunshine and stable pow. To get to those rare days, we have to keep showing up again and again, through painful workouts, windchill of negative 20, rain, bad light, bad snow, personality conflicts, injuries, ugly politics, lack of money, lack of support, and a million other circumstances that we’re certain we’re the only ones facing. Truth is, that stuff never makes the edit but it’s real… Everyone faces those things, but if you can keep your eye on your dream and keep showing up, you’ll find yourself in the process and you may get that call sooner than you ever imagined.

For those of you who missed the Adventure Series edit, we’ve attached the full link below.

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