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Guide’s Report on Splitboard Mountaineering in the Freshfields
Posted on January 23, 2016

Roped up on the glacier, the team goes for a scenic walk near the base of the icefall off of Mt. Trutch to scout lines for the next day.

All week long we’ve been running the trip report from the Freshfields. Trevor Gavura was an integral part of the expedition camping mission to the hushed touring zone in the Canadian Rockies and we asked him to sum up what makes splitboard mountaineering different from standard touring. As one of the first ACMG guides to pass his exams on a splitboard and with an extensive resume of mountaineering missions around the globe, Gavura is a guy you want to listen to on the topic. This is his report on expedition splitboarding, post-Freshfields.

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Expedition Freshfields: Episode Three
Posted on January 22, 2016

All week, we’ve been running the story on a splitboard trip to the Freshfields, a hushed touring zone in the Canadian Rockies, legendary for their looming peaks and late-season snowpacks. If you’ve seen the first two episodes of our trilogy, you know our crew of Chris Coulter, Scott Newsome, Wyatt Caldwell and ACMG guide Trevor Gavura got slammed by a late spring storm. But once the sky cracked blue, they got after it, ticking off line after aesthetic line in epic, deep powder conditions. Episode three is a chronicle of what they slayed in this zone. But just a warning, watching this episode will make you want to go there. Immediately. Enjoy. —LYA Editor

Chris Coulter rips an amazing line off of Mt. Trutch.

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Drew Tabke Goes Big In Andorra on the Freeride World Tour
Posted on January 22, 2016

Eddie Bauer freeskier and two-time world champ Drew Tabke kicked off his season on the Freeride World Tour with a 12th place finish in Vallnord Arcalis, Andorra. Dropping in with his trademark ability to ski sketchy lines smoothly, the Flyin’ Hawaiian linked together a narrow chute landing, a large, stuck 360 and a sketchy launch over a sharky face to set the tone for another successful season on tour. Check out his complete run in the link above, starting at the 40:00 minute mark, or jump to it directly with this link.

Photos courtesy of J. Bernard/Freeride World Tour

The season opener of the Swatch Freeride World Tour  in Vallnord Arcalís, Andorra. P: J Bernard

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Chris Coulter Reports on the Freshfields Glacier Camp
Posted on January 21, 2016

Full moon rising above glacier camp and splitboard HQ in the Freshfields.

We’ve been telling the story of the Freshfields, a hushed zone of touring perfection in the Canadian Rockies, all week on the Live Your Adventure blog. From the webisodes to the splitboard mountaineering specifics, we’ve received a good dose of what our splitboard team experienced in the remote range. But we wanted to know more about camp life on the glacier, so we asked guide Chris Coulter to provide us with his inside perspective. This is his take on what it was like to spend a mindblowing week in the Freshfields.

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Expedition Freshfields: Episode Two
Posted on January 20, 2016

On Monday, we published our first episode in the Expedition Freshfields trilogy. Our crew of splitboarders snuck in by heli drop before the storm into one of the most stacked touring zones in the Canadian Rockies. Luckily, they were prepared to wait out the weather because a May storm dropped more than a meter of snow on their remote, isolated camp forcing them into an endless cycle of digging, shoveling and fueling up on provisions. Going stir crazy, they went for a few exploratory skins in the glacial white out. Eventually, their patience paid off and the lines were worth the wait. Watch what it was like to experience the storm in episode two. —LYA Editor

Images by Bruno Long, Edit by Francois Desrosiers

Take a knee. Coulter and Caldwell land on the glacier between Waitabit Peak and Mount Barnard.

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Expedition Freshfields: Episode One
Posted on January 18, 2016

The Freshfields are a hushed touring zone in the Canadian Rockies, legendary for their looming peaks and late-season snowpacks. Located north of Golden, BC on the border of Banff National Park, the Freshfields are one of the largest glacial systems in Western Canada and sit below a crown jewel selection of jagged 10,000 to 11,000-foot peaks. Last spring, Eddie Bauer splitboarders Scott Newsome, Chris Coulter and Wyatt Caldwell linked up with ACMG guide Trevor Gavura to tick off a serious mountaineering mission in this remote zone.

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Drew Tabke Breaks Down Points, Venues and Politics of the Freeride World Tour
Posted on January 15, 2016

 

The crowd at the 20th Anniversary Xtreme Verbier P: J Bernard

The Freeride World Tour kicks off January 22nd in the tiny mountain kingdom of Andorra. Two-time world champ and Eddie Bauer freeskier Drew Tabke will once again be in the ridgetop starting gate, slaying and hucking the biggest alpine venues with his eyes on taking home a third overall title. It will mark a decade on tour for the Flyin’ Hawaiian. While the FWT is a major road show in Europe with millions tuning in for the live webcasts, it’s still a bit of a mystery to North American freeskiers. So we asked Tabke, who serves as riders’ representative, to break it down for us: points, qualifiers, and politics included.

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