Illumination Saddle

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Illumination Saddle

Following my trip to Mammoth, I went back to hang out in Government Camp, Oregon. During the last few years I've always come out here to ski, surf, and hangout with friends. For the past 3 years I've made a hike up to Illumination Rock on Mt.Hood with friends to ski, and simply enjoy the view. 

Yesterday we decided that it was the right day to go, and made our way up early afternoon via the chairlift to the top of Palmer, cause I'm way too lazy to hike up from the parking lot. From there we made it up to the good traverse spot in such good time, that me and a friend decided to continue another hour up to Crater Rock before descending to Illumination. 

Bryan and Derek about to make the traverse over

Bryan and Derek about to make the traverse over

Cerise up at Crater Rock

Cerise up at Crater Rock

While we were waiting for the sunset we were hanging out and bumping some tunes, when two of of the buddies hiked up to get a couple lines. Wish I could of hiked up with them to past the time, but by this time the ankle was already feeling very sore. Nevertheless, it was entertaining to see the line they picked and the shots turned out pretty great!

Photo by: Tyler Carr

Photo by: Tyler Carr

JLab Crasher Mini speaker came in clutch!

JLab Crasher Mini speaker came in clutch!

Mt.St Helens looking all pretty

Mt.St Helens looking all pretty

Easily one of the more chilly experiences I've had up there, with wind howling the entire evening. While that was unfortunate, what it gave us back in return was one of the craziest cloud experiences I've ever seen. With so many clouds gathering and moving by, that it resembled a tide rushing past the mountain. 

Photo by: Tyler Carr

Photo by: Tyler Carr

This was followed by the clouds rushing up the mountain, and engulfing us for a time. After they separated, what was left was an amazing sunset that keeps me coming back up year after year. 

Already looking forward to the hike next year, hopefully next time I can join in on skiing some lines, or hitting a jump. 

-Noah

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Mammoth Spring

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Mammoth Spring

For the last 4 or 5 seasons when spring time rolls around, I’m usually making way out to Mt.Hood for West Coast Session’s, along with shred fun with some close friends from Government Camp. This spring I decided to mix it up with no West Coast Session happening(RIP), and head down to Mammoth for a couple weeks.

Following the last World Cup in Switzerland, I talked to the US Team coach and found out there was a small camp happening early May, and he said I could join in for the jump session. After flying in and getting situated in the spot, I was ready for the two weeks.

Rail train with John Brown, Willie Borm, and Cody LaPlante

Rail train with John Brown, Willie Borm, and Cody LaPlante

For the first week, although weather wasn’t the greatest, it was a blast! Hot-lapping the main park and messing around with a couple tricks. At the start of week two, we finally had good weather for jumps. The first day was one of the best days I’ve had with the whole crew out and throwing down, along with playing with some fun transitions off the main line.

Day two however wasn’t so great. After warming up and starting to throw some dubs on the main line, I ended up coming short on a right dub 10 and sprained by ankle pretty bad to the point that it was hard to walk for a couple of days. Thankfully nothing worse happened, and it wasn’t bad enough for me to not ski, but just bad enough to do tricks or jump. So going to be taking it pretty easy the next few weeks, and hopefully will be back to doing tricks by early summer.

Willie Borm on the Flat Tube

Willie Borm on the Flat Tube

Dueces Mammoth! Till next time

Dueces Mammoth! Till next time

Many thanks to Goepper for letting me crash at his spot, US Freeskiing for letting me hit the jump with the squad, and to Giro, GoPro and Mammoth Mountain for helping me get on the mountain!

Till the next time,

-Noah

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