We had the awesome opportunity to hook up with BCU ambassador Cam Fitzpatrick, and get out on the snow with snowboard legends Mark Carter, Hana Beaman, and some guy named Travis something-or-other.
Super fun day in the Tetons, breaking trail for the first time of the season into one of their top-secret zones. It was obviously very cool to get to ride with these guys with such perfect snow conditions. But it was also pretty awesome to roll into some areas that we clearly recognized from The Community Project, That’s It. That’s All., Art of Flight, and The Fourth Phase.
It was great to chat a little bit about some of the things going on with public lands, listen to Carter’s infinite knowledge (from the perspective of a rancher), as well as see first hand some of the areas that are up for Wilderness debate in the areas surrounding our ride.
We appreciated seeing the respect these guys had for the mountain, as they took the time to study the snowpack before exposing ourselves to slopes over 30 degrees.
We each got a short snowboard run in, and then proceeded on to our snowmobile stuck fest as Travis relentlessly put his 174” Axys RMK to the task of getting a track put in to the top of their zone.
The temperature dropped quickly as soon as the sun went over the ridge, so we headed out. Even saw some moose crossing the trail at the end of the day!
All in all, we had a truly epic day, in an amazing place, with extraordinary people! This was definitely a high point in the history of Backcountry United, and we hope to get back up to ride with these guys again!
Thanks again to Cam, Hana, Carter and Travis for your hospitality, and letting us tag along in the backcountry!