Longer days and stable snow make spring the season to explore the highest, most remote backcountry peaks. Jones ambassadors have been making the most of the April sunshine and laying tracks on high lines around the world. Read on for trip reports from the Tantalus Range in B.C. Canada, the Tamok Valley in Norway and the High Sierra in California.
Report + Photos by Yuta Watanabe
I spent an awesome week in the Tantalus Range with my friends Tempei Takeuchi and Shikaichi Ueki. You can see this beautiful mountain range from the Sea to Sky highway in Squamish B.C.
We spent a week staying in the ACC hut and hiked steep lines all around the area. This couloir ran almost to the top of Alpha Peak.
The Tantalus hold huge potential for riding steep terrain and learning glacier travel skills. This shot was on the way back from the 10 hour push to Alpha peak….almost beer-thirty! Check out Tempei Takeuchi’s shots from the Tantalus trip here
Report by Miikka Hast
For the past month I have been parked in Tamok valley in Northern Norway. I have been filming for Approach & Attack with Antti Autti, Will Jackways and crew. Conditions have been variable but we have had some excellent days exploring couloirs in the Lyngen Alps. The mountains here are totally wild - no resorts or lifts. Everything is splitboarding/hiking access only. Photo - Ode Silvonen.
Needless to say, all the hiking pays off! Photo - Eva Eskilsson
This was a couloir drop into a massive wave. Pretty unique feature. Snowboarding into snow surfing!
The mountains drop down straight to the sea so we scored some good surf inbetween the pow shredding. Northern Norway is definitely the place to spend the spring! Season is long here and powder is not rare even in May! Photo - Janne Hinkkanen
Report + Photos by Seth Lightcap
After a very dry winter in California, a solid storm finally pounded the Sierra in late March. The heavy spring dump was enough to convince Jimmy Goodmann, Cory Rice, Allison Lightcap and I to push deep into the backcountry to climb a stunning peak we had been drooling over for many years. This pyramid-shaped peak features a steep east face that begins with an imposing headwall dropping right off the small summit. With confidence in the stability of the spring snowpack, our plan was to climb and shred one of the sharky headwall gullies.
Ankle deep spring snow made for relatively easy climbing up the 50 degree headwall. It was nice to have an axe in hand (or at least a pole axe) as quite a few steps punched through to rock.
Dropping off the top we found chalky panels hidden on the more northeast aspect of the face. Here’s Jimmy ripping half way down the peak.
We camped in a gorgeous cirque around the corner from the peak. Mild temps and just a breath of wind made for perfect camping weather.
There’s multiple lifetimes worth of sweet lines hidden in the High Sierra. Here’s Allison shredding into the last choke of a couloir we found right above camp.