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    Speaking from personal experience, I don't get...

    Speaking from personal experience, I don't get what the big deal is...
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    That is a good suggestion. Though I do actually...

    That is a good suggestion. Though I do actually dig responding to people with legitimate questions and legit criticism. So it's a balance for sure. But over a decade on this forum and I've learned...
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    Oh damn no was a referring to anyone on the...

    Oh damn no was a referring to anyone on the boards, much less yourself, with the internet warrior comment. Mainly referring to YT comment feeds. This being my first foray into the world of YT has...
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    Back from a couple weeks internet hiatus and...

    Back from a couple weeks internet hiatus and checking in after posting the vid and ditching the digital age for the past couple weeks. So to address the permit situation, it is a really tricky game...
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    I'd say it's pretty damn solid for winter. Two...

    I'd say it's pretty damn solid for winter. Two things I primarily like about it in the winter for such a minimal camper set up is that I don't have to get out of the cab to get dressed, pack, cook,...
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    My boot malfunction is partly why I don't go out...

    My boot malfunction is partly why I don't go out there an explicitly share what I do to them, because if it goes wrong and you fuck up like I did with a quarter turn too tight of a bolt turn and a...
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    No, hasn't been covered. Reason I had them on was...

    No, hasn't been covered. Reason I had them on was because we were towing behind a snowmobile at 3:00am. So something to block the wind and then sort of forgot I had them on. I occasionally tour with...
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    Skier's right line? Like closer to the exposure?...

    Skier's right line? Like closer to the exposure? Confused that there were other options on lines down that thing!
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    Well, I mean it still is scary as hell skiing...

    Well, I mean it still is scary as hell skiing down that upper section. So had to get the viewer feeling that tension too!
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    Actually was surprisingly calm the whole way...

    Actually was surprisingly calm the whole way through. When I'm really sketched out, I generally stop talking. This was sort of a breakthrough line personally because climbing with massive exposure...
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    Rapid warming and rapid snow melt a likely cause...

    Rapid warming and rapid snow melt a likely cause of the slide according to landslide scientist blogger guy: https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/05/21/joffre-peak-temperature/

    As far as...
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    That's because most people don't tour as much as...

    That's because most people don't tour as much as I or most of the maggots. The SHIFT is a one-binding for them all if you consider that "all" is 80% resort / 20% backcountry. Personally, I'm not a...
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    It is by far the least fun part of this project....

    It is by far the least fun part of this project. The difference between Dav's project and mine first and foremost is "Red Bull" at the front. Throw that name in front of an Forest Service officer and...
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    Well technically my production company I started...

    Well technically my production company I started for this project doesn't need a permit. I was labelled by Grand Teton National Park as a "personal project" and not a "commercial project". For any...
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    If you mean Alpha Male like the kind that drinks...

    If you mean Alpha Male like the kind that drinks Monster and yells at their kids for being pussies, not even in the slightest. I actually don't even know what you're getting at here. I'd say 99% of...
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    I'll like 3rd, 4th or 5th this statement. Plus...

    I'll like 3rd, 4th or 5th this statement. Plus beyond controlling the rappel you never know when you're going to have to down climb, which we ended up doing through the whole last rap because we were...
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    Nah, was trying for it this year but after three+...

    Nah, was trying for it this year but after three+ months of begging, pleading and negotiating with the Park's Service we weren't able to secure permits in time. So hopefully the next year or year...
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    Probably because Bjarne nor I, nor anyone I knew,...

    Probably because Bjarne nor I, nor anyone I knew, had ever done anything like this before. We knew from the beginning that we'd be figuring it all out on the fly. How to capture the best story, the...
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    Exactly. That's exactly who Nick is and is...

    Exactly. That's exactly who Nick is and is exactly why so many of us going into the mountains with him. He brings so much positivity, stoke and happiness its hard for it not to positively affect your...
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    Less than 2 turns is mandatory for spancer...

    Less than 2 turns is mandatory for spancer stealing.
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    Yeah, I've said this in quite a few podcasts...

    Yeah, I've said this in quite a few podcasts lately but I 100% felt the trajectory I was on was unsustainable, both from the level of line that wouldn't get me excited/motivated to the only line that...
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    Someone didn't watch Episode 2...In all...

    Someone didn't watch Episode 2...In all seriousness, if the conditions allow it, of course I'd open it up. But most of the lines are steep, exposed and climbable only when it's stable and often not...
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    Yeah, that day honestly sucked bad. I was pretty...

    Yeah, that day honestly sucked bad. I was pretty miserable for the most of the second half of the day.
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    It was nice to switch it up after all the...

    It was nice to switch it up after all the seriousness/gnar/exposure/calculation. Vizsla is Cedar, owned by Ian MacIntosh
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    Yeah, that is the crux I put myself in with...

    Yeah, that is the crux I put myself in with trying to climb every line, specifically these AK traditional heli-ski lines. Hell Dav, Art and Penn told me I should just heli them because that's what...
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    I did on Superior and that's it. I always have it...

    I did on Superior and that's it. I always have it with me and use it according to conditions and line. For instance, if Pontoon slid while we were on it, well floatation is the least of your concerns...
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    There isn't really a "line" off of Tuk according...

    There isn't really a "line" off of Tuk according to Art and crew. It's more just go ski Tuk, cause it's a cool mountain in a really rad place.
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    I'll just say we are currently filming an...

    I'll just say we are currently filming an interview series with all three authors that will help answer a lot of these questions. That being said, a lot of the balance of lines in the book being...
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    Patrick, you really need to use Google before...

    Patrick, you really need to use Google before posting accusatory garbage like this. This is kind of like fiddling with a product in a shop for twenty minutes and trying to post a thorough review.
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    Yeah, a lot of people told me that, but it's just...

    Yeah, a lot of people told me that, but it's just sort of a personal reason. To me, that line starts at the top and goes skier's left of the rock. It just felt dirty and yucky to try to claim that as...
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    Even by the time I drove to get cell service at...

    Even by the time I drove to get cell service at the switchbacks I could barely talk on the phone because I was still out of breath. It was a full sprint. But what else would you do when you think...
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    I'll just reply generally to why we're not...

    I'll just reply generally to why we're not commenting on the rescued's situation. The primary reason we're not commenting on it is there is not much to learn from it. The questions of being solo,...
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    Thanks man and yeah, that definitely is a classic...

    Thanks man and yeah, that definitely is a classic line. It's pretty prime time right now out here. Excited to get back out there the next couple days.
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    Thanks for the post Fenris, this is super...

    Thanks for the post Fenris, this is super important info. A more detailed version of stuff I've learned over the years that helped influence that decision on that day.
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    Yeah, I've heard this too. I took my first WFR...

    Yeah, I've heard this too. I took my first WFR class almost a decade ago so stuff like this wasn't taught...even in re-certs. Though I mentioned C-Spine in the video, I was also thinking about...
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    I would say more than anything, the direct...

    I would say more than anything, the direct human-to-human contact gave me more control of the situation. With a PLB, I just had a gut feeling that I wouldn't be able to translate the urgency in an...
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    There are very very few people on this planet...

    There are very very few people on this planet that can go where Bjarne goes with a camera. He's been the perfect partner for this project and I'm super lucky to have him.
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    I kind of forget since it was a while ago but I...

    I kind of forget since it was a while ago but I think we did go for another tour on the Duffy. Mainly what changed was our approach. We just discussed that if we climb it, we'll get a far better feel...
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    Use the socks on the coldest of days. Forget what...

    Use the socks on the coldest of days. Forget what brand. They're terrible socks but the help when it's -20 out and your feet are buried in snow all day.
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    This is a question I'd rather not find the answer...

    This is a question I'd rather not find the answer to.
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    Well yeah, why would anyone want to huff extra...

    Well yeah, why would anyone want to huff extra weight for 26k? I mean, I would if I anticipated skiing a couloir in a super fast, Super-G, "crack" style way because then I would want the...
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    Since you guys are on it and a bit on the inside,...

    Since you guys are on it and a bit on the inside, from Currie, went out to Banff, back to the Coast, then to AK, then back to the Coast, then to California. Won't say how they all went...gonna have...
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    Agreed, Joffre in good conditions looks straight...

    Agreed, Joffre in good conditions looks straight up rippable. Twisting looks like an all time exposure line but completely manageable. Central looks like a mental battle with the devil in everything...
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    Because when you understand the protocol and...

    Because when you understand the protocol and systems that are used with PLB's then you realize the time it takes to mobilize...time I knew we didn't have because it was about 4:00 in the afternoon...
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    Yeah, as you noted, we skied Joffre Couloir. It's...

    Yeah, as you noted, we skied Joffre Couloir. It's super thin up in the alpine on north facing slopes because of the low snowfall this season and that week's worth of 100km+ north winds. Twisting does...
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    One of them indeed might have just gotten done in...

    One of them indeed might have just gotten done in a one day strike mission from the coast to the rockies. But we may never know...
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    The best part about it all is that I've gotten...

    The best part about it all is that I've gotten people arguing about Snowlerblade First Descents.
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    Iíll tell ya what I think in three years or so...

    Iíll tell ya what I think in three years or so...
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    Looks like I was slow on the draw to post. Thanks...

    Looks like I was slow on the draw to post. Thanks Undertow. Yeah, was so fired up to ski with Pep, it'd been way too long.
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    Seeing these issues of pre-release a few times...

    Seeing these issues of pre-release a few times and I have to think there must be something going on with adjustments. I swear on my life I have never walked out of a pair since last year's...
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