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Karl absolutely slayed it this year. He filmed parts with Poor Boyz and Toy Soldier and picked up "Rookie of the Year" at this year's IF3 film festival.
Here is his part form Poor Boyz Productions' WE: A Collection of Individuals
Here's to another season buddy!
|Posted by Sam@LethalDescent.com on August 4, 2012 at 1:15 PM|
August can arguably be one of the more exciting months of the year. Sure it's the winding down of summer which means that school and relatively shitty weather are just around the corner, not to mention that your first powder day is likely months away still. However what keeps me stoked is the thought of another winter to come. And what better way to get back into the swing of things than to view countless trailers for the upcoming premier season which always seems to make the seasonal transition that much easier.
We are proud to have two riders that absolutely killed it this year and where able to remain relatively uninjured which accounted for many trips taken and shots logged. Maks and Karl were the anchors of the LD crew this year and we could not be more happy with what we have already seen from them.
The first up is from Stept Productions, who always seems to blow us away with their artistic visions and creative shots that seem to perfectly capture the feeling of each session. Their new film is named "The Eighty Six," and as always with a stacked crew of riders this one is sure to please once again. Keep and eye out for Maks as he dials in a 450 on to a down rail and one of the most absurd ledges i've ever seen attempted.
Click the cover shot for the Stept website and while your at it you might just want to pick up a copy or 2
And now the trailer... enjoy!
Next up is a video that we are incredibly excited about. It is from Poor Boyz Productions, who has a way of making a seemingly small time skier into something greater. Karl worked tirelessly this year on filming and getting himself into the public eye, and from our perspective, could not have done a better job. We are beyond thrilled to see what Karl has in store for us this video season but we know that it will be with his incredible style and huge bag of tricks.
A special congratulations goes out to Karl for being chosen for the cover of their movie WE: A Collection of Individuals. This is the first time an LD rider has gotten the cover of a film and for it to be one as large as Poor Boyz we are thrilled! Karl has multiple shots throughout the trailer, most notably, a large air on the feature pictured on the cover with an amazing backdrop.
Click the image for information on how to pre-order WE, which includes a DVD, digital download, and even Blu-Ray all in one!
Here's to another great season!
|Posted by Sam@LethalDescent.com on July 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM|
From the top of Pyramid Peak in the Elk Range near Aspen, the views are incredible. From the Ten Mile Range in Summit County the east to the Northern Sangre de Cristo's to the south. You can see at least 20 14er's and countless other jagged peaks. But what stands out most is the Bell Cord Couloir.
2000 feet of steep, narrow snow, splitting one of the most iconic formations in the world: the Maroon Bells.
After seeing it, you just have to ski it.
**Note, I apologize for the photo quality, many of the photos are from my phone. The dSLR is just a bit hefty for this guy.
The Bell Cord from the top of Pyramid
So, two weeks after I summited Pyramid, I convinced Kevin that it would be a good idea to ski this line. Here's a little photo recap of our epic.
Kevin making dinner at our campsite in the Bell's. The night before the route.
A true alpine start. On trail at 2am. Kevin is clearly stoked.
Unfortunately there are no pictures of the harrowing "fixed" line experience on the approach. Imagine climbing a 4th/easy 5th class waterfall, soaking wet, pitch black, with the help of a fixed line that turns out to be an ealier party's rap rope that got stuck when they tried to pull it. Very very very scary. But here is the nice sunrise. 5am, after 3 hours of climbing.
Myself, basking in the alpenglow.
Kevin, stoked to finally turn his headlamp off.
The route up, and eventually down.
3.5 hours of steep snow/ice frontpointing and we are at the top. Snowmass and Capital from the saddle.
Kevin at the top of the couloir with Pyramid in the background.
Finally, skiing. The first 50ft are steep and narrow with 2000ft of exposure.
And the snow conditions are less than ideal...
Kevin making some turns.
It was quite slushy.
Kevin slashing with my finger in the way.
Turns through one of the rocky chokes.
Its big and steep.
At the bottom, it's all smiles.
Looking back down the valley, exhausted.
And looking back at the line. Splitting the two summits.
And finally getting those boots off.
It was an awesome trip. Marginal skiing, extremely strenuous climbing, very scary approach "issues" but all in all worth every bit of suffering. It only leaves the question, what's next?
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Maks and Karl got invited to this years West Coast Session at Timberline in Oregon. The event lasted 5 days and invitees where split into groups in order to make individual edits to showcase the trip with their own style. It Certainly looks like everyone had a good time and the videos that have been released so far are nothing short of awesome.
Karl was on Team Kooter with filmer Evan Heath, who has always been known to bring things to the next level.
Maks was on team Taco Breath Army with filmer Jasper Newton and definitely showed us how to put down the slay.
|Posted by Sam@LethalDescent.com on February 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM|
Quite the exeptional edit from some of the Summit County crew. Check it out!