The team skied Snowbird, tried indoor surfing and skydiving, and rock climbed in Little Cottonwood Canyon during a jam-packed first week.
Tim Durtschi and Colter Hinchliffe’s road trip across the Southwest is well underway. After leaving Jackson, the team drove towards Utah in search of late-season skiing, early-season climbing, and whatever else piqued their collective fancies. “It was a perfect warm-up for the rest of the trip,” said Austin Hopkins, one of the trip’s cinematographers.
The team's Ranger is loaded up with the gear needed for a week of skiing and climbing. Austin Hopkins photo.
While Jackson Hole Mountain Resort might be closed for the ski season, Snowbird’s lifts are still spinning Friday-Sunday every weekend. With that in mind, Tim and Colter were unable to resist the draw of lift-accessed corn. “It was classic early-May shredding,” said Hopkins. “We had good coverage and decent weather.”
Colter gets creative at Snowbird during a beautiful day of spring skiing. Eric Parker photo.
Tim and Colter are professional skiers and expert climbers, but their next stop involved turning over some new leaves at Ogden’s Salomon Center. They tried indoor skydiving and surfing, new activities for each athlete. A good time was had by all, but it’s safe to say that they’ll need some more practice before going pro.
Tim tries his best to surf the artificial standing wave at Ogden's Salomon Center. Eric Parker photo.
Little Cottonwood Canyon is best known for its ski resorts, but it is also home to some world-class climbing. Tim and Colter started off strong on the Mexican Crack, a trad route on the Crescent Crack Buttress. “It’s a short yet difficult route,” said Hopkins. “We started the approach around 5 o’clock in the evening, so the light was perfect as they were climbing.”
Colter gets high on the Mexican Crack in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Eric Parker photo.
The first week ended with the team en-route to Moab, feeling strong after a successful first climb. Follow @timdurtschi, @colterjh, and @tetongravity for daily updates on the team’s progress, and stay tuned for more weekly recaps from the field.