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DEEPER: Alaska Base Camp Photo Gallery

Trip Reports / Seth Lightcap
15
Jul

DEEPER was one of the first snowboard movies ever made using a plane dropped base camp in the Alaskan wilderness. In 2009 and 2010, Jeremy and the DEEPER crew spent a month camped out on a glacier hiking and riding lines. Living on a glacier allows the ultimate flexibility to shred within a small weather window, but it also means riding out bad weather (or sheer exhaustion) hanging out in camp. So what’s life like killing time in tent city? Here’s a photo gallery detailing some of the down day activities of the 2010 DEEPER expedition to the Fairweather Range inside Glacier Bay National Park.

Photos By Seth Lightcap

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The first few days around camp half your waking thoughts are spent soaking in the awe of your surroundings. Here’s Josh Dirksen acknowledging fantasy is indeed reality with a double shaka.

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Dinner time is prime time for group meetings. Better decisions are made when warm and well-fed then when cold and hungry.

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Nope, Jeremy Jones and Tom Burt aren’t updating their status or posting a killer ’gram. The cameras come out after dinner and the next day’s riding plans are discussed based on inspection of recon photos taken that day

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One lucky night we were treated to some after dinner entertainment in the sky - a Northern Lights show.

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C’mon Yahtzee! This dice game was the favorite ’camp sport’. Rolling five-of-a-kind generated serious stoke all trip long.

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The water factory fired up every morning and evening. Melting snow to make water was a daily chore we all helped with.

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Hours upon hours were spent digging out our tents during and after storms. One major storm mid-way through the trip dumped 3+ feet and demanded that we unstake our tents, pull them from their cavernous holes and set them up on the new base level of the snowpack. In this pic you can see Tom Burt was the first to make the move to higher ground.

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With ten dudes and only one bathroom there was occasionally a line. A frozen toilet seat guaranteed you never waited long though. All human waste was collected and flown out.

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Not much time was spent repairing boards. Nobody damaged any boards other than Lucas Debari who hit a hidden ice chunk on a high speed run out and sent this board straight to the grave.

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No matter how epic, it’s easy for the memories to blur on a month long trip. Jeremy and most others wrote and sketched in journals to keep the day’s events crystal clear.

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Weeks of sleeping on a camping pad left a lot of us with a tender back. A self-massage session with the Thera-cane was essential daily therapy.

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Drying boots and gloves was a tricky task that often had mixed results. Towards the end of the trip Ryland Bell’s rank and permanently wet boots demanded emergency measures be taken.

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Chess was another favorite camp pastime.Tom and Jeremy spent many a storm day playing successive rounds.

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If you were too tired for chess or bored of Yahtzee, you could always play Parcheesi. The classic board game is all luck so jinxing your partners roll was as good a strategy as any.

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Partying and waking up at 4am to start hiking don’t mix well but camp life was too good not to celebrate it now and again. This beer run was met with unanimous approval.

Author
Seth Lightcap

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Trip Reports

Published on
15 July 2014

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