Sign In:

×

Last Step!

Please enter your public display name and a secure password.

Plan to post in the forums? Change your default forum handle here!

×
×

The Pull of the Mountains: Words from Jeremy Jones

Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from Jeremy Jones' No Words For The Way Down, the book, now available in the TGR Shop.


Xavier De Le Rue and Jeremy skin toward the North Face of the Tour Ronde near Chamonix. The face is a popular, 60-degree ice-climbing route. They intended to both climb and ride it. Dan Milner Photo. 

CHAMONIX-BOUND
MAY 14, 2009
DEEPER

Normally I am a walking zombie at this time of the year, but I am on a plane to Europe to hook up with Xavier De Le Rue. My bags are stuffed with steel: ice axes, crampons, ice screws and carabineers. The thought of standing on the biggest mountains of my life is the reason. 

It is still really, really hard to say goodbye to my family. Tiff and I have had some hard conversations lately. “Life is fragile—be safe, come home,” she says. Too many people have died and as hard as it is to think about, I am not above the law. But once I am in the mountains, everything feels right—I feel in control and I am always ready to back down if something doesn’t feel right. 

This trip will be about following, taking notes and learning. The mountains are in good shape and the time of year is right. The Alps have always freaked me out, but I am ready to face my fears. The mountains have never had such a grip on me. I am feeling their pull and I am ready to learn the European way.


This is an excerpt from Jeremy Jones' No Words For The Way Down, a book that goes deep into Jeremy's mind-set throughout the six years of filming the Deeper, Further, Higher trilogy. Read excerpts from Jeremy's personal journal entries, see stunning, never before seen photographs, and access exclusive footage. Books are on sale now in the TGR Shop.

Thanks to our partners—Swatch, O'Neill and Clif Bar—for making this project possible! 

good luck and good vibes from this skier!

Play
READ THE STORY
Learning to Drown: Jess Kimura’s Film on Life and Loss
Up Next Snowboard

Learning to Drown: Jess Kimura’s Film on Life and Loss

Learning to Drown: Jess Kimura’s Film on Life and Loss

In 2012 it was hard to think of a more influential female snowboarder than Jess Kimura. At that point in her career, her list of accomplishments felt endless: She made ESPN’s Top 50 Most Influential People in Action Sports and 50 Most Influential Women in Action Sports lists, had a pro model board with Capita, and collected 10 different awards from TransWorld SNOWboarding—which was the most for any female athlete. Plus, she became known for putting out one jaw-dropping edit after another. But

Play
READ THE STORY
Taking Steps of Stoke With Lonnie Kauk
Up Next Snowboard

Taking Steps of Stoke With Lonnie Kauk

Taking Steps of Stoke With Lonnie Kauk

Lonnie, taking that next stoked-out step. | Ikon Pass photo. Ikon Pass holder, professional snowboarder and rock climber, Lonnie Kauk grew up seeking magic lines throughout his native Yosemite Valley and surrounding mountains. From early turns as a 2-year-old with his grandfather to scoring a pass at Mammoth Mountain – and now an Ikon Pass for the 21/22 season – Lonnie continuously embraces one step of stoke after the next. The Ikon Pass crew sat down with Lonnie to discuss his journey

Play
READ THE STORY
VIDEO: Cam Fitzpatrick and Friends Tear Up Jackson Hole
Up Next Snowboard

VIDEO: Cam Fitzpatrick and Friends Tear Up Jackson Hole

VIDEO: Cam Fitzpatrick and Friends Tear Up Jackson Hole

Given all the big mountain terrain in and around the resort, Jackson Hole isn’t all that known for its park and pipe scene. But with toasty temps in March softening up the snow into the perfect consistency for slushy park laps, the jump lines down low and side hits on the upper mountain became the perfect playground for the This Is Us In crew to throw down. Join Cam Fitzpatrick, Brian Selmer, Jake Johnson, Neo Emery, Aaron Hallenbeck, Ace Emery, and Cooper Branham as they rip all over the