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    Glad that worked out for you. Super weird. I...

    Glad that worked out for you. Super weird. I think I've only blocked two people, one person that kept repeating I was not respecting these areas and was gonna die because of that over and over and...
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    I'm starting to call this project "The Most...

    I'm starting to call this project "The Most Thorough Book Review of All Time". I'll submit a three graph review to the New York Times when I'm done. But seriously, if I actually complete this thing,...
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    Best touring shades I've ever rocked. Mainly...

    Best touring shades I've ever rocked. Mainly because they have better coverage than normal shades and yet enough ventilation to not steam up...and I'm a sweaty hiker for sure. I used to always steam...
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    You can call me anything but Shirley. Was really...

    You can call me anything but Shirley. Was really stoked to get the chance to tell Len's and Connor's story. Their perspective as Native Americans obviously shares some of values we have as outdoor...
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    You can call me anything but Shirley. Was really...

    You can call me anything but Shirley. Was really stoked to get the chance to tell Len's and Connor's story. Their perspective as Native Americans obviously shares some of values we have as outdoor...
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    If Lou Dawson is complaining about something I'm...

    If Lou Dawson is complaining about something I'm doing then I know I'm doing something right! The "rules" that he tries to enforce with skiing and the 14ers in particular is exactly what I never want...
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    I mention this in the AMA video, been trying to...

    I mention this in the AMA video, been trying to link up with Noah for a line this past season and hoping for this season as well. I definitely want to tell his story through the project at some...
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    Easily Pete. Janelle Smiley may actually be...

    Easily Pete. Janelle Smiley may actually be harder to keep up with than Mark as she was the Ski Mo racer in the family. Jimmy, that was easy. In his prime, it would've been impossible. His Grand,...
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    One thing we didn't show is because of Pete's...

    One thing we didn't show is because of Pete's sled key debacle, we actually ended up about a half hour behind two parties going for the same line. So we went into full Pete mode and were sprinting to...
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    Cause who else is gonna film me waking up?

    Cause who else is gonna film me waking up?
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    He's got a van he built up last summer that he's...

    He's got a van he built up last summer that he's rolling, camping and living out of for the project.
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    So I later realized I was mistaken on this...

    So I later realized I was mistaken on this because I was given a pair of stiffer proto skis. Didnít learn this till recently that there were protos that were made with a stiffer tail, so yeah,...
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    Ahhh, and this is why I'm a pro skier.

    Ahhh, and this is why I'm a pro skier.
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    Cool. Well then I've got the guy for ya. Noah...

    Cool. Well then I've got the guy for ya. Noah Howell has been quietly trying the fifty classics for well over a decade. Ah shit, you know what, he's making a movie too about it because it's rad to...
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    I get everything everyone is saying here. Trust...

    I get everything everyone is saying here. Trust me, these talks happen across all levels of this debate. Sure, it's important to cut back where you can and I personally have done my share...I just...
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    So if you guys want the whole background of why...

    So if you guys want the whole background of why I'm training with heavy bags on the way up, going slow and keeping my heart rate low, check out Steve House's book, "Training for the New Alpinism". I...
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    Agree with everything here. But while the New...

    Agree with everything here. But while the New Deal didn't stop a massive swath of industries (the Great Depression did that well enough) WWII definitely did. Did it hurt, I'm sure it did for some,...
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    This is where I disagree. Lots of people tend to...

    This is where I disagree. Lots of people tend to look at environmentalism from the angle of cut, reduce, and restrict. I tend to look at it from the invest, develop and incentivize angle. Look how...
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    On the topic of Arcade, we're currently testing...

    On the topic of Arcade, we're currently testing swapping our entire line with environmentally friendly materials. It's been a pain in the ass with a lot of sketchy promises and supply chain opacity...
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    Yeah meant, all not in "all" of you, more "all...

    Yeah meant, all not in "all" of you, more "all the people nitpicking people climate activism cards". So my apologies not that.

    Oh and I'm actually with you on the preaching. I personally speak...
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    Cool. No ill will to you personally or judgement...

    Cool. No ill will to you personally or judgement at large for that. Just wanted to call the action out for what it was to hopefully nip that trend in the bud. Good on ya for owning up to it mang. I...
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    Holy shit. I just read a little bit of this...

    Holy shit. I just read a little bit of this thread and good god the level of internet elitism is high in this one. I mean, emailing a sponsor to complain about someone using a helicopter for their...
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    _N7S48XFYmo Usually you guys are faster than...

    _N7S48XFYmo

    Usually you guys are faster than this....;)
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    I missed submission deadline I think. Was trying...

    I missed submission deadline I think. Was trying to go but saw they weren't really taking films of the length I produced and din't seem like I was on time for submission.
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    I thought they did a great job with the limited...

    I thought they did a great job with the limited time they had to show the adventure. Good thing is, a very "Fifty-esque" version of that plus more will be coming out in a short-film I'm calling "Peak...
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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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