The 2014 Legendary Banked Slalom: Ice Capades at Mother Baker
“The course is extremely icy,” said Gwyn Howat over the microphone. “We used a chainsaw to cut blocks and build the banks.”
It was an intimidating introduction to the 2014 Legendary Banked Slalom at Mt Baker, WA. Under a very un-Baker-like cold snap that saw temperatures nearing single digits and high pressure overhead, the natural halfpipe had turned into something more fit for another one of those sports currently taking place in Mother Russia. Say, ice luge...
The GT Memorial: J-Low's Slideshow
You may remember Jenna Low for her Noboard-heavy gallery in frequency TSJ #8.1. Well her, Cholo, Penner, Young Dave and their growing families have all stayed rooted in their little slice of the deep Kootenays. Here's her slideshow from the 2014 annual GT Memorial, celebrating the life of Noboard pioneer and friend to many Gregg Todds. Enjoy.
Finding Momentum at the Seventh Annual Dirksen Derby
Momentum. If I could sum up the Dirksen Derby in one word, it would be momentum. Momentum in the sense that this year, it grew again, prompting the organizers to cap the entries at 500 racers, by far the most in the history of the event. Also in the sense that the race course (and its home of Mt Bachelor, OR, for that matter) requires special attention to momentum...
Issue #11.2 Bonus Content: Hitchhiking Home Blind with Devon Raney
A year and a half ago, I recieved an email from Devon Raney. I had never met him, didn't know who he was. Attached was this story about hitchhiking from Mt Baker, WA to Bainbridge Island near Seattle, WA--blind. I'll admit it took me some time to give it a proper read. But after reading Devon's story, I knew there was more to him than this single story could tell. So, over the past year and a half, we became friends, and I tried to share his story with our readers.
If you've read Issue #11.2, you've read Devon’s profile, and hopefully come to understand the unique individual that he is. But we couldn't fit his hitchhiking story into the pages of our print edition. So here it is, unedited, as a supplement to the print edition. Enjoy. And if you ever see a somewhat tanned dude in his late 30s standing roadisde with a "Seattle" sign, consider giving him a ride. He might have some stories to tell.
freq Approved: PROBAR Meal Bars
If you’ve spent a lot of time in the backcountry, chances are you’ve eaten your fair share of energy bars. And if you’re anything like me, chances are you’re sick of pretty much all of them—especially the ones that require downing your whole water bottle just to get them out of your throat and into your stomach. Now you might be asking, why the hell is this guy reviewing an energy bar? Well, because I like PROBAR’s meal replacement bars. Even after eating about five boxes of them...
In The Groove: Jason Robinson on Absinthe Films, Dopamine and Simple Living
This year, J-Rob started with no film crew and no real plan beyond spending some time at home in Montana and chasing snow around the Pacific Northwest. Then the call came: Justin Hostynek wanted him to come ride for Absinthe Films. The season was more than half over. He had little funding. J-Rob made it work. The result? Opening part in “Dopamine.” No rails—just big mountain freestyling in BC and AK...