Gallery: The North Face Camp Mica with Lucas Debari & Kaitlyn Farrington

One of three gear loads for a week camping in the Mica backcountry. Photo: Andrew Miller
This was Kaitlyn’s first time snow camping, split boarding and riding bigger lines and pillows. You can image what was going through here head as the 407 flew deep into the Mica tenure. Photo: Andrew Miller
Lucas Debari, no stranger to snow camping, had his scene dialed quickly and was ready to check out the terrain around camp. Photo: Andrew Miller
Kaitlyn and Lucas taking an evening stroll looking at options to ride. Photo: Andrew Miller
A five minute skin out of camp and your standing on top of this massive pillow stack. No better place to start the session – Lucas Debari pillow talk. Photo: Andrew Miller
Kaitlyn testing the snow quality on her first run from camp. Photo: Andrew Miller
Lucas switching over his splitboard for another lap. Photo: Andrew Miller
The Sherpas were out in full force starting the filming of The North Face mini doc MICA to GREENLAND. Photo: Andrew Miller
Kaitlyn quickly learning what it means to earn your turns. Photo: Andrew Miller
Kaitlyn following a few pointers from Lucas jumped right into a pillow stack of her own. Photo: Andrew Miller
Pillows can be very tricky to shred, finding the right line from the top is an art and never as easy as it looks. Here Lucas drops in to a large stack to finished up the day. Photo: Andrew Miller
Lucas Debari stoked to be in pillow heaven. Photo: Andrew Miller
After a epic day exploring our surroundings we were treated to a little evening glass off while finishing setting up camp. Photo: Andrew Miller
Chow time. The crew enjoying some much needed fuel after a long day of shredding. Photo: Andrew Miller
The stars shined bright during our first night at Camp Mica. Photo: Andrew Miller
No better way to wake then with fresh snow on the tent. Kaitlyn adjusting very well to this new way of shredding. Photo: Andrew Miller
Out here this would the equivalent to a cold morning shower. Kaitlyn Farrington taking a dip into the fresh B.C. powder. Photo: Andrew Miller
Transitioning to a splitboard can take some practice but Kaitlyn had it down the first day. Here she is already scoping her next run while putting on skins. Photo: Andrew Miller
Kaitlyn Farrington pillow popper. Photo: Andrew Miller
Lucas Debari and TNF team mate Johnny Collinson warming up with a little coffee and scotch between runs. Photo: Andrew Miller
Debari lapping this large pillow transfer a couple times. Photo: Andrew Miller
Kaitlyn feeling right at home in the whiteroom. Photo: Andrew Miller
Lucas Debari and Johnny Collinson peering over the infamous hanging pillow garden. Photo: Andrew Miller
Lucas giving his best shot to unlock this pillow puzzle. Photo: Andrew Miller
From winning the Olympic halfpipe gold medal to camping in the B.C. backcountry with a bunch of dirtbags, Kaitlyn is one rad chick. She had never done anything like this before and it was awesome showing her a new world of snowboarding. Photo: Andrew Miller
Lucas interviewing Kaitlyn on what its like to go snow camping with a bunch of smelly guys. Photo: Andrew Miller
Never a dull view from camp. Photo: Andrew Miller
First blue bird day of the trip and the crew was out bright and early looking for zones to ride. Photo: Andrew Miller
Kaitlyn warming up on a very scenic line on her first run of the day. Photo: Andrew Miller
Lucas Debari was loving all the pillow gaps around Mica. Photo: Andrew Miller
A massive heli remote triggered avalanche on a face close to where we were riding brought things back into perspective sending us back to smaller faces and more featured areas to shred. The raw energy from watching this live was intense. Photo: Andrew Miller
Each day Kaitlyn was getting more and more comfortable with the terrain, learning how to pick out lines and finding pillow ollies. Photo: Andrew Miller
Lucas turning on the afterburner. Photo: Andrew Miller
Couldn’t think of a more epic place to snow camp. Photo: Andrew Miller
Our final bonfire after an epic week of shredding and camping in MICA, B.C. Photo: Andrew Miller

Gallery: The North Face Camp Mica with Lucas Debari & Kaitlyn Farrington

Words: Lucas Debari

Photos: Andrew Miller

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Lucas Debari at Mica Creek. Photo: Andrew Miller

Last spring, I scored the opportunity to film in the Mica Heli tenure north of Revelstoke. The operation that these guys run in is world class; nothing less. From the lodge, to the food, to the terrain, there is nothing is left to be desired. In March, Kaitlyn Farrington, Johnny Collinson and I set up a base camp in the meat of their terrain for about a week. We were able to splitboard to most of the terrain, with a few heli bumps in the budget to get on bigger stuff. After our first day, I knew right away that we had struck gold. I have ridden all over BC and the world, and the terrain in Mica is second only to Haines, Alaska. From pillows to spines, to rollers, or whatever you're looking for– it's there. All of this world class terrain is packed into a couple of drainages. The gem of this terrain is a pillow wall called the “hanging gardens”, maybe 500 feet of relief, with pills up to 30 feet tall. This is the feature that ended my session up there with a small back injury. However, it is also the feature that has me jonesing to get back up there and have anther crack at it.  There are very few places that have left such an impression on me as Mica did. Half the fun of snowboarding is finding new terrain and features to ride on. It took me 25 years, but I am stoked to have stumbled upon this mecca of snowboard heaven.-– Lucas Debari

These are the days we dream of. Photo: Andrew Miller

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