Rome Snowboards Presents : Find Snowboarding : ALEUTIANS : Photo Gallery And Teaser
Photos, captions, and words by Zach Clanton
The Aleutian Range is not what most people think about when it comes to the world famous snowboarding of Alaska. Instead, it is the far removed Southwest peninsula and island enchainment of the Great White North. A wilderness partially submerged by the restless seas and storms of the Bering Sea, colliding with the Pacific Ocean yet fully submerged in the Ring of Fire. This active volcanic region is roadless, treeless, and rarely cloudless but also plays host to a plethora of wild rime encrusted peaks and genuine adventure for anyone willing to commit themselves to the unknown.
Cody Booth and I had a vision for the Aleutians. What started off as a two-man journey in search of unclimbed coffee table summits, untouched couloirs and wilderness hot springs ended up turning into a full blown epic failure. After twelve days and thirty miles of tundra travel with Xtra Tuffs, back breaking loads, tent shredding wind storms, near hypothermic nights, endless bearanoia and unspeakable suffering, we decided to set our sights on lower hanging fruit. We realized that the hills were riddled with roadside first descents and unclimbed peaks in all directions. It was time to call in the troops.
In a place that defines the worst weather, largest bears and most geothermal activity on Earth, it’s always one extreme to another and hardly an ideal location to find snowboarding. But our aim was not to simply go where the beaten path would take us. We wanted to go where the conditions exist and the seed has yet to be planted. Snowboarding in its purest form comes from just strapping in and having fun. That energy is contagious so if one can take it to new places and new people, then they are doing something great for our sport.
Among these accomplishments of large and small proportions, we inspired the kids of a desolate fishing village to explore their own backyard for the first time. A new world of fresh potential was introduced to the open minds of a new generation in snowboarding. A mysterious piece of the great AK puzzle was discovered and the word wild was redefined for everyone involved. After all, we were just there to plant the seed. The fun factor will always take care of the rest. Over eight hundred miles from the Alaskan road system, we found snowboarding.
Full edit drops on September 25th, 2014.