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Friday, May 1, 2009
First Descents and Uncharted Terrain


Travis Rice with his first line of the trip. "One of the better lines I have ever seen him hit," said Jones.

Imagine yourself camped out on ice for 27 days. You have no snowmobiles, no heli, it's just you and your crew deep into the Alaskan frontier, far from the heli boundaries of Haines.

Jeremy Jones not only imagined it, he made it a reality this season assembling an A-list crew—Travis Rice, Jonaven Moore, legendary big mountain wranglers Tom Burt and Johan Olofsson—and charted a trip that no rider had done before.

Base camp, home for 27 days to Jeremy Jones, Travis Rice, Jonaven Moore, Tom Burt, Johan Olofsson, and filmer Garry Pendygrasse.

The result: Start with three never before ridden peaks, the largest of which they named Mount McConkey in tribute to skier Shane McConkey. Add to it the 30,000 vertical feet hiked (by foot), and of course, first descents for days.

"In 20 years of snowboarding I have never felt highs like I felt on this trip," Jones writes in his blog entry.

A complete first hand account can be found on Jeremy Jones' website. It's an amazing feat this crew has achieved. If you haven't read our recent Jeremy Jones feature yet, you should give that a look as well for an in-depth look at a rider who continues to push the boundaries of the big mountain experience, year after year.