Editor's Note: Tomorrow, we'll be dropping Sage Cattabriga-Alosa's own edit from the Smith Optics "Great Days" series exclusively here on tetongravity.com. In the meantime, enjoy our favorite 3 edits from the series so far, and be sure to check back tomorrow mid-day for Sage's new edit...
#1: Timmy Reyes Surfing The PNW
Surfer Timmy Reyes turned away from the pro surf circuit in recent years, choosing instead to invest his water time hunting down the barely-known big wave breaks of the Pacific Northwest. Empty coastline, little local beta, freezing temps, and often great whites make the PNW surf experience a lonely and fickle endeavor, but Reyes manages to pull into some beasts all the same.
#2: Melissa Arnot in the Himalaya
Melissa Arnot has summited Everest five times–more than any other American woman. Her Great Days episode follows her time in the Himalayas highest peaks. It still blows me away than anyone would bother hiking a mountain if not to shred powder, or a bike, on the way down, but it only adds to the esteem with which I hold those that choose to walk up... and then walk down again.
#3: Mountain Bike Chillan, Chile
The Smith bike team was down in Chile for the EWS Enduro race last fall, and the race footage showed a wild variety of trails, from moon rock volcanic and dusty alpine terrain to slotted gullies in the forests that rode like pinball machines. Throw a guy like Yeti rider Joey Schusler into that mix and you're bound to turn on with some beautiful riding.
There's a lot of different ways to celebrate those milestone birthdays and for climber Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, soloing Patagonia's formidable Fitz Roy traverse was the best way he could think of. Several days after turning 40, O'Driscoll completed the traverse, although unlike it's previous ascent by Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold, he did it in reverse. While the route itself is only four miles, it gains 13,000 feet of elevation and spans across the six peaks of the Cerro Fitz Roy.
In recent years, more and more one hundred-plus foot waterfalls are being run. Aniol Serassoles and Edward Muggridge made history with their descent of 100-foot Ram Falls. Dane Jackson, no stranger to waterfalls, claimed a first descent of 134-foot Salto Maule in Chile. Knox Hammack became the second person to successfully run the 189-foot Palouse falls after Tyler Bradt did the same several years before. The list of massive waterfalls being run by kayakers continues to grow. But what do all
When watching action sports media, many viewers react along the lines of“how do you even do that?” But even in the most extreme cases of skiing, biking, or surfing, there’s some understanding of what’s required mechanically. For example, not everyone who learns how to ski learns how to do a backflip, but most people know how to make a turn. Often there’s a baseline understanding of what we’re watching, even if it’s on a different level from the viewer. However, whitewater kayaking has a