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30October 2020

How to make the same terrain feel brand new

“You just don’t understand what it’s like to be a snowboarder.” It was the mid 90s, at the height of snowboarding’s newfound popularity, and Rudi had heard this sort of thing from enough guests to take it as an invitation. The young sales associate at Monod Sports in Banff did not see him[...]

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4September 2020

Can you do one more?

“Why are we doing this?!” Jeff and I were sitting on some rocks just off the trail, quietly munching on snacks, when we heard it. We could just see her through the trees, but she hadn’t yet seen us. She was standing with her hands dangling, breathing hard, head back, shouting at the[...]

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29June 2020

Pinch all you want. This is real.

There’s a hole in the north face of the Eiger. If you’re not familiar, the Eiger is a mountain in the Bernese Alps of Switzerland, standing 3967 metres tall. It’s a pyramid of rock and ice and snow that has been a test-piece of alpine climbing for more than 100 years,[...]

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16June 2020

You’re stronger than you know

“You might not remember me, because you meet a lot of people, but I bet you remember this.” Right after the morning safety briefing, in the bustle of getting ready to load up, a guest sidled up to Jeff and showed him his phone, where he kept an old photo. Jeff glanced down[...]

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