#1. Svalbard, Norway
A mere =mile or so from our first night's camp spot, we came across these polar bear tracks, the enormity of which is shown by Anden, our sled guide. While we were all hoping to see a bear it was also a very real anxiety for all of us. We didn't see one, only prints. At this time of year when the bears have plenty of seals to eat they prefer to keep away from people.
The story, written and shot by Dan Milner, features Terje Haakonsen and Jeremy Jones shredding a chain of islands on the far Northern reaches of a Norway, only 700 miles from the North Pole. Polar bears are a real threat as is the remoteness. Part of the two-year splitboard film project Further, the crew tackles massive 2,000-foot long, 50-degree couloirs and returns to tell about it.