February 2012

.an evening in kyrgyzstan.TRIP 2

February 28, 2012

After 7 days of ski touring from our yurt in the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, we skied on the funnier 20 minutes of my life.  We deciding to ski all of our gear out from the yurt (some of which horses brought up), which yielding some hilarious moments of crashing on log and horse skidded snow roads, creeks, and horse shit.  The evening light made it extra rad.  After our ski back to the home-stay, Schumacher and his barely-alive-do-everything vehicle arrived and we drove home in clear skies and awesome light.  What followed is what follows in pictures.  Explanations not needed.


Evening play by play:


I keep on finding myself describing Kyrgyzstan as many trips within a trip.  There were so many individually unique experiences throughout the trip.  As a result, I am going to share these experiences in blog posts like this one and the workshop piece.



Kyrgyzstan workshop.TRIP 1

February 22, 2012

After 26 hours in airplanes, I finally touched down to Canadian soil a couple of days ago.  Kyrgyzstan was fantastic, but it feels good to be home after being on the road for a while.  One of my favourite parts of traveling is the unexpected.  Upon our arrival in Karakol at Yak Tours guesthouse, I stumbled across the owner’s workshop.  Entering this workshop was one of those unexpected moments aforementioned.  A workshop that filled the senses with more than one could take in.  Here is my morning representation of this incredible time capsule of Soviet past and Kyrgyz present.

Kyrgyzstan, why was I there? Where is that?  Between Russia and China lies Krygyzstan, a country filled with great people and some big mountains.  I was there capturing skiing with 40 Tribes Backcountry, along with Mike Hopkins, Izzy Lynch, Leah Evans, and filmer Anthony Bonello.  Ptor Spricenicks – Zeus, and Roddy kept was entertained and safe in the backcountry  Stay tuned, as this trip filled with many little treasures will surely be creeping up on my site for a while.

Thanks to The North Face for supporting this project and to G3, Arc’teryx, Dakine, and Smith Optics for helping me kick it in our mountainous adventures.


This is TRIP 1 of a series I am sharing as there were so many trips within the one Kyrgyzstan overall trip.  Many individual moments, like this time in the workshop, will be popping up on my blog.