Monday, March 26, 2012

Backcountry Jumping

Back Country Jumping

"Practice makes perfect"... It's hard to find a better phrase than that when it comes to hitting jumps in the back country. It doesn't matter how good of a park jumper you are, or how amazing pow shredder you are; with out legit backcountry jumping experience you can't be expected to land much

This was with out a doubt the case for me the other day when I was out with Wild Card Movies, Tim Humphreys and Brian Schaefer at Stevens Pass doing some jumping.

We arrived bright and early Monday morning to Stevens Pass ready to catch some air time. The sun was out, one jump already built and video/ photo ready to capture. The sun was still high in the sky so we decided to build a second jump to make the most out of the day. While this was happening Tim was next door stomping some heavy maneuvers, amping everyone to get some shots. The snow wasn't perfect by any means, but definitely still land-able as Tim proved.  Unfortunately Tim's landings didn't give me the motivation I'd hoped for and I was forced to move on and cut my loses. I put a few tricks down to my feet but for the most part had some trouble riding all the way out.

When it all comes down to it, any day on the snow is good experience. Especially hitting "grande" backcountry booters. figuring out how to stomp spins is a whole different world, and I look forward to getting as much experience as possible.

Hope you all challenge yourself and don't stop learning... Ever!


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