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    It will all come out in due time but it was not a...

    It will all come out in due time but it was not a crevasse fall. While she is missing and a rescue mission should be departing via helicopter if conditions permit at first light, never trust the...
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    As others are echoing, sheesh dude. I donít know...

    As others are echoing, sheesh dude. I donít know why we have to hash this out for everyone that canít think about it for a few seconds. We are a retail business. 90% of our products are sold in an...
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    Yeah, I got into it in the DMs with him, he...

    Yeah, I got into it in the DMs with him, he obviously didnít like it and spent the next 5 hours making that deranged video. He told me heís a lawyer, so I agreed to have our lawyer send him...
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    If you count all affiliated that work with...

    If you count all affiliated that work with Arcade, weíre probably around 100+. But if you count just in our office in Olympic Valley, 13. Maybe 14 or 15 now. But I donít know because I am only...
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    Glad some sense got into this thread regarding...

    Glad some sense got into this thread regarding PPP funds and how they work with a company like Arcade. They worked exactly as intended as we had about two months of runway in April 2020 and then, 13...
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    Yeah still haven't experimented with vapor...

    Yeah still haven't experimented with vapor barriers on the feet. One day I gotta try it. As far as the sleeping bag situation, well yeah, that just happens out there sometimes. I still would go out...
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    I don't know exactly where you're talking about...

    I don't know exactly where you're talking about but I doubt that skin track was us as we did the reverse traverse, Rogers to Bugs. The only people that followed our skin track was the FKT peeps. Oh...
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    I don't have a problem personally with mechanized...

    I don't have a problem personally with mechanized access. I think it's cooler if you don't, but if I have to fly into the north side, I definitely would. It's more a thing of timing, checking the...
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    It completely and totally shuts it down. There is...

    It completely and totally shuts it down. There is no access to the north side of the mountain except for heli access until 2023.
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    Traverse was so friggin cool. And it ain't no...

    Traverse was so friggin cool. And it ain't no gimme old man traverse. Cruxes everyday, long slogs, tons of big passes and just an all out rad walk through rad mountains. Otherwise the season...
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    Robson has been blown bare all year and the...

    Robson has been blown bare all year and the access to the North side of the mountain has been closed for the rest of 2022. The rest of Canada has been stuck in a perpetual fog of drizzly, warm,...
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    That's it until Fall 2022. Maybe some bonus...

    That's it until Fall 2022. Maybe some bonus episodes coming out but I'm stuck inside doing the massive amount of work it takes to get this production off the ground for the year. But starting to film...
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    Sometimes I look back at the films and think,...

    Sometimes I look back at the films and think, "Fuck, I wish I would've said that more clearly..." Our St. Elias film is one of those cases. The reason we still bailed despite it getting late was...
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    The first couloir two over from where we were...

    The first couloir two over from where we were slid just about the moment we reached the shale ridgeline. The second went multiple times and went about 30 minutes after the first and then two more...
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    To generally answer a lot of the questions... ...

    To generally answer a lot of the questions...

    1. The goal from the beginning is to ski from the summit to the sea, potentially the longest ski run in the world. So instead of leaving the mountain...
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    Yeah, +1 to +2 from the line not the Blanks is...

    Yeah, +1 to +2 from the line not the Blanks is good. I went 3+ and like it but don't think they need to be as centered as the 118's do.
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    Dynemma does not hold up to heat well for sure....

    Dynemma does not hold up to heat well for sure. I've seen some alarming tests but in order to build up the heat in the rappel device enough to weaken dyneema you need to be free hang rappelling with...
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    Others have a keen eye and have noticed but a few...

    Others have a keen eye and have noticed but a few things that add friction and make it easy to rap on such thin cord. The first, just extending the belay device out from your body puts far more bend...
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    It was the opposite actually. It's 5.6mm Sterling...

    It was the opposite actually. It's 5.6mm Sterling tech cord that Mark Smiley turned me on to. It's pretty much a rap line only and I wouldn't use it for anything else. Oh and gotta be super careful...
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    Yeah the top and bottom were sketchy for two...

    Yeah the top and bottom were sketchy for two entirely different reasons. Frozen punch crust turns on 55 degree entrance was sucky...hence why the others got on rope. The bottom was probably the...
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    We've been trying to link up for a line we both...

    We've been trying to link up for a line we both haven't done since year 1 to tell his story, just hasn't happened for a variety of reasons.
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    I've looked at it with envy for years now. Ha....

    I've looked at it with envy for years now. Ha. Funny story though, when I was researching the shit out of this project long before I announced it, I would frequently find myself on Noah's blog. He...
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    Yeah I agree with this and a little bit of TahoeJ...

    Yeah I agree with this and a little bit of TahoeJ but mainly I know the banter, criticism or desire to see more comes because people have gotten really into this project...which is rad. It's...
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    Yeah I see how there could be more depth but one...

    Yeah I see how there could be more depth but one more line could cover most of those questions. Hip Bag for cold insulation. PD leaves the camera exposed to cold and batteries die. Star photography...
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    Yeah I kept quiet with the speculation and...

    Yeah I kept quiet with the speculation and assumptions on here knowing this episode is about to come out.

    As far as camera gear, sure people may be interested, but it doesn't deserve a full video...
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    I use this trick a lot too. I have a Kiehls...

    I use this trick a lot too. I have a Kiehls antiperspirant cream and it does wonders. But you can't bring it for multi-days. I'm in the sweaty foot category so closed cell foam liners make my feet...
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    Yeah, inspired by the confusion here, went in and...

    Yeah, inspired by the confusion here, went in and did a hasty little re-title. Gonna go through them all in the coming weeks and retitle and update thumbnails.

    What can I say, I'm a skier, not a...
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    I've got a new editor who's a whiz on YT SEO and...

    I've got a new editor who's a whiz on YT SEO and such and we're going to be going through all thumbnails / titles and making more sense of it all soon. It's a full on jumble because I pretty much...
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    Oh I totally should've pulled the plug earlier....

    Oh I totally should've pulled the plug earlier. But what that showed was my lack of experience in the heat and endurance challenges in such heat. But at the same time, there are so many times when...
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    Thanks man. The thing is, I've always considered...

    Thanks man. The thing is, I've always considered myself a not that talented athlete, in no way the superhero the movies make us out to be and just a pretty normal skier. So I've always felt more...
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    I got a stern talking to when I called her that...

    I got a stern talking to when I called her that night. I didn't disagree with one point.
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    Simply, it was timing for snow quality. The days...

    Simply, it was timing for snow quality. The days before when Bjarne and I did it, it was some of the worst refrozen punch crust you could imagine. Knowing Alexís ski skills I really didnít want him...
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    Wow. Thanks for that story and glad our little...

    Wow. Thanks for that story and glad our little day out could connect with ya. I think we went in having no idea what the story on the line would be but to just capture as much of as it as possible,...
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    This was me, back when I used to do dumb stuff. I...

    This was me, back when I used to do dumb stuff. I still do dumb stuff, I just used to as well.
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    We tried everything. Up high, down low, staying...

    We tried everything. Up high, down low, staying in the stream, right next to the stream...trust me, when the going is that tough, you'll try anything to make it easier.

    Oh and yeah, waders and...
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    This. I said it to Elyse the night of the ultra,...

    This. I said it to Elyse the night of the ultra, the mountain sufferfests are so much tougher. I think itís the lack of rhythm, the heavier gear, the remoteness, the navigation and having to use...
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    Late march, early April. What I learned after our...

    Late march, early April. What I learned after our trip was that although it was a good snow year up in NW MT, it started so cold that they light snow never knocked down the alders. Then after that,...
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    With the Price vs. Barr ruling, the conversation...

    With the Price vs. Barr ruling, the conversation has definitely changed and they're far less worried about the commercial / non-commercial designations from what I've found, even in Wilderness areas....
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    Yeah pretty much all of them available online...

    Yeah pretty much all of them available online after the in person showings.
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    To answer questions, yes, Summit Fever will come...

    To answer questions, yes, Summit Fever will come out online, just like all the other short films I've done. Slated for release in December. Second, yes, my buddy that wanted to ski St. Elias is a...
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    I've been pretty consistently getting 16/17 mpg....

    I've been pretty consistently getting 16/17 mpg. Maybe 15mpg in cities and up to 18mpg on highways. The additional height that comes with the 4x4 definitely makes it a little less efficient.

    Oh...
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    This. We also added a second layer of spice to...

    This. We also added a second layer of spice to make it even more interesting. It's part of my never ending quest to make the fifty harder than it needs to be.
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    Which is essentially what it s gone to for...

    Which is essentially what it s gone to for Wilderness Areas on NPS jurisdiction. I was able to secure permits for both Glacier (Mt Stimson) and Wrangell-St Elias (St. Elias) on grounds of what seems...
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    It was actually denied simply as a matter of...

    It was actually denied simply as a matter of timing. Because of the short staff during the pandemic, I didn't give enough notice for it to go through all the proper channels for approval. I mean,...
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    What's really good about this thread is I've...

    What's really good about this thread is I've always wondered how the public would respond if I were to get in legal hot water. It's a good thing to see that yeah, I probably would become the Dean...
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    Two things, well yeah, this is why I am not a...

    Two things, well yeah, this is why I am not a lawyer at all. My threads of argument would probably be shredded in a court of law. That's why I've talked to the lawyer who argued Price vs Barr...
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    Ha. That was about the least 'random' moment you...

    Ha. That was about the least 'random' moment you could find as it was the one clip of the entire project where I thought this may be pushing it a bit...even though it's just a true thought when going...
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    No it's not. That's your interpretation of my...

    No it's not. That's your interpretation of my job. There is literally not one line in any contract I've ever signed with any sponsor ever that says my job is to sell Company X's product. Generally,...
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    You see, the nature of that argument comes...

    You see, the nature of that argument comes entirely from one's perceptions. So first off, is a logo at the beginning of a film, placed within the boundaries of the film, an actual "advertisement"...
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    Although I've been jumping for joy, it hasn't...

    Although I've been jumping for joy, it hasn't gotten any easier. The guberment decided to preserve their old commercial filming policies (I'm in a very grey area for "commercial filming" btw and have...
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