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Posted on: July 26th, 2014
You can’t passively ride big lines. It just won’t happen. Not that you need to get rowdy on every turn or charge it all the time but I’ve noticed that every big line that I have ridden took some sort of great endeavour or big push to grind through before it happened. There is always at least one or two "reasons" for you to “not” ride the line that you have to overcome.  Difficulties approaching the mountains, climbing them, weather, snow and avalanche conditions and finding confidence in your ability sets the plot for an amazing personal adventure every time. Haines Alaska TalonGillis_05221 TalonGillis_03443talon-blog-image-2 If you’re not willing to work hard and spend your money on snowboard trips, gear and transportation you’re not going to ride big lines. If you don’t put in the time and refine your riding skills you’re not going to ride big lines. If you don’t stay heathy and eat well you’re not going to ride big lines. If you’re not willing to be a little eccentric and don’t want to climb mountains day after day you’re not going to ride big lines. If you don’t love snowboarding or skiing you’re not going to ride big lines. If you’re not mentally prepared to be scared and still preform well you’re not going to ride big lines. If you’re not passionate about life and living on this earth you’re not going to ride big lines. talon-blog-image-3 talon-blog-image-4talon-blog-image-5 I met a guy in Terrace B.C, Cam Brown. We became friends and the next day we went on a Ski and snowboard trip to Stewart B.C. We hung out in the rain for 10 days and camped with another friend Tim. We tried to climb mountains and snowboard. The weather sucked, Tim went home, so Cam and I went north to Alaska. 18 hour drive. Fuck it. When you’re fully invested financially, physically and emotionally, just having the chance to ride something amazing compels us to push on. We didn’t plan the trip, we just went to Haines Alaska to find some inspiring mountains. We did and we met a crew up from Whistler. All snowboarders, guys like us and one girl like us to. $500 for a half day in a Helly, three runs. I thought to myself “I guess I won’t rent my room for a month when I get back home.” Like me the whole crew has taken out loans or made other sacrifices to buy snowmobiles to access remote terrain. We camped on the side of the highway and every day we piled up all our gear and ripped across the glaciers to get to the steep mountains. The light was amazing at about 7 pm and the north facing walls were lite up and powder. We boot packed straight up the steeps and had some sick rides. Shooting snowboard photos is a big pain in the ass. Some people save their money and put down payments on nice homes and what not.  I dropped 10 grand on camera gear.  So has another guy from our crew. As photographers we trade good snowboarding to get good shots of our friends.  Its worth it though.  We all have to work as a group to keep it safe and efficient back there.  This puts it all together for me.  Snowboarding is a personal journey through life and a means to grow spiritually.  This way of life shared with like minded people is so powerful it leaves me feeling emotionally open and happy. talon-blog-image-6talon-blog-image-7talon-blog-image-8 This collection of photographs was made in 14 days With the help of Cam Brown, Davide Henkel, Joel loverin, David Mackinnion, Tomas Santa Maria, Heather Dufty and Cam Unger.  I hope some of the ideas i have written about can be seen in these photos. Sometimes I think I just post photos of snowboarding to make myself seem interesting or look cool. Other times I’m happy to share with everyone a truly organic and down to earth experience. Thank you. talon-blog-image-9TalonGillis_05178