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Jeremy Jones Takes a Little Trip to Denali . . . To “Train” for Nepal - Higher Unplugged Episode 8

For the largest descent of his life, Jeremy Jones abandoned the iconic in search of the obscure. Rather than making a descent of Mt. Everest, he selected a nearby peak in Nepal, which he dubbed theShangri-La Spine Wall. With a summit that towered 21,400 feet above sea level, the only certainty the mountain offered was the challenge inherent in attempting to scale it. In addition to its high elevation, the Shangri-La Spine Wall afforded weather that changed rapidly and a dearth of information about its snowpack.

To train for his mission to Nepal, Jones teamed up with Conrad Anker, a climber and mountaineer who largely built his reputation around ascents in the Himalaya. Last June, Jones and Anker traveled to Alaska to summit Denali, the highest peak in North America. As Jones explains, “I went to see how I would handle the high elevation.” With a summit elevation of 20,322 feet, Denali provided Jones with a glimpse of what awaited him in Nepal. And just as he had anticipated, the trip revealed that climbing—let alone snowboarding—the Shangri-La Spine Wall would be no easy task.

From The Series: Higher Unplugged

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Video: Man Gets Caught In Chilean Avalanche
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Video: Man Gets Caught In Chilean Avalanche

Video: Man Gets Caught In Chilean Avalanche

This one is scary folks. While snowboarding in Chile, a local man named Manuel Díaz got caught in a slide. In case you haven't heard, Chile has been getting hammered with snow lately. The capital, Santiago, just had their largest snow storm in 46 years.  We're thankful Díaz is okay. It serves as a hair-raising reminder, though, that backcountry adventures are a risk and being properly prepared is essential.  Read about 7 Lessons Greg Epstein Learned From Surviving An Avalanche and explore

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If you haven't already daydreamed of skiing "Japowpow," then this edit by Shredbots will definitely have you joining those of us who drool over the endless freshies in Japan. Shot in Honshu and Hokkaido, the short film shows both the snow that never seems to stop falling in the mountains and the cultural excitement of the cities. 

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