Editor's Note: Last spring big-mountain snowboarding legend Jeremy Jones set out with two-time Olympian Elena Hight on an ambitious foot-powered expedition across California’s John Muir Wilderness. The two ventured deep into the Sierra Nevada mountains to splitboard some of the range’s most unknown terrain. Jeremy Jones documented the journey in a travel journal that recounts their nine-day mission. What follows is his entry from the the first day of filming for Ode To Muir with photos and videos captured along the way.
Jeremy, Elena, and crew start their trek. Nick Kalisz photo. See the official trailer and tour dates at: tetongravity.com/odetomuir
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” - John Muir
Day One: Into The Mountains
At my feet towers Red Slate Mountain – one of the giants in all the land. Premier descent on all sides; a snowboarder’s paradise. If I could only snowboard one mountain the rest of my life this may be it. I wonder how many years it would take for me to cross one of my own tracks.
The West has gone from yellow to red and is now purple in the last hour – a color show spectacular by all standards. My tent serves as the perfect frame, watching the shadow climb the west face as the vibrance tilts to 11 on the upper flank. The smaller peaks have gone to bed, quietly sleeping in the grey light.
It is at this time of day that the master of the range stands out and steals all the glory. To be the master comes with burden and responsibility that the smaller peaks are happy to relinquish. For it is in these upper reaches that are now glowing red that the wind howls the hardest, the storms stay the longest and nature releases its full fury.
The view of Red Slate Mountain from basecamp. Nick Kalisz photo.
I am honored and grateful to be witness to the show Red Slate is putting on right now. I am sure we are the only audience bearing witness to this spectacular painting. A great reward for our effort hauling heavy packs ten hours today to lie at the base of this legend.
- Jeremy Jones
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