All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost;
My buddy Greg Joyner, whom I know from PCMR, and his lovely wife run the Salt Lake Surf Co. retail shop in Sugarhouse. For a few years they’ve been specializing in aquatic recreation and have been a premier dealer for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, servicing our landlocked state and mostly little rivers with premium and specialty products. Last winter, after dealing a lot with Forrest Shearer, who is super tapped into the local SUP scene, decided that if they’re a surf company, they might as well break into surfing the white wave too.
by Parker Alec Cross
My passion for splitboarding, and my increased desire for proficiency in mountaineering in order to ride bigger and better terrain, has caused a couple of recreational collisions over the past year or so. I never thought of myself as someone who could get super into rock climbing, and although I admit that I’ve wanted to do it for years, I never had a core group of friends that was passionate enough about the sport for me to get any actual access to real climbing.
Sure, I’ve spent a few days in the climbing gym here and there, but it wasn’t until late last summer that I ever actually was able to climb on natural rock. Now I’m addicted. One of the rad things about rock climbing is how actively the skills you develop translate into mountaineering and climbing in the winter. The techniques you master in rock climbing are absolutely essential for effective mountaineers to understand and have practice doing. The lines of my sports have been progressively blending, and although I never even considered that rock climbing and snowboarding could be, in any remote sense, related, I’m beginning to discover that they are more blended together than I realize, and it’s a realization that next year’s videos will visually identify for you, the humble viewer.
by Parker Alec Cross
May 13th marked the
day that we reached the summit of Lone Peak. Such an epic experience. 3AM start time, 1PM finish. 2500 Vertical Feet of climbing before we even hit snow. This is a tour I’ll keep with me forever. Tony Pavlantos, Blake Nyman, Chris Coulter and myself in an elevated hustle to one of the Wasatch range’s most remote summits.
by Andy Earl
Our next weather window we are going for Everest Ridge. Parker, Tanner and I took our weather window and used it to scout the approach. I really just wanted to go for it but Tanner didn’t have his crampons and ice axe so we couldn’t do it safely.
It took us just shy of three hours to get to baldy saddle, roughly 3,000 vertical feet above the valley floor. The more I am around that mountain the more I love it. It was such a beautiful day, I wish we could have pushed for the summit… but that calls for a 1 a.m. start this time of year. Hopefully this week.
Provo Peak (11,068′) marks the next summit on the hit list, when the boys discover alpine ice crust existing on all the summits above 10,500′. Leaving the peak-bagging for later in the season, the crew sessions the trees and couloirs
of the mid-elevation slopes and ride the blower Utah powder in classic Wasatch form.
Another season starts off strong when the boys summit two peaks over 11,000′, adding Superior and Monte Cristo to their list of mountains to climb for 2011. Featuring the talents of Parker Alec Cross, Andy Earl, Hayden Price, and Blake Nyman, episode one will keep you hungering for more. The song is by Radical Face. Check them out on iTunes here and buy their music!
Cinematography and post-production by Parker Alec Cross
Additional Camera work by David B. Kaplan
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