Yesterday I embarked on my cherry popping back-country trip with Andrew Jackson. We had been trying to get together to shoot all winter but with the first half of the season being used up, and Andrew breaking his jaw over shooting a pillow gap, things had just not worked out until now. Andrew still has braces and a bunch of hard wear in his mouth, so we decided it would a good day to go have some fun and hit some mellow stuff for some photos. All day I could see it in his eyes that he wanted to hit the bigger stuff we found, but he held back and we still ended up turning out some good shots.
There is so much to see and ride up in the back-country. I quickly realized why it is that so many people are on sleds everyday working day in and day out up in the mountains. The first stop was a little pillow that we saw about a 10 minute hike off the sled trail. After nailing a quick method off that with ease, I got him to do a quick hike back up and throw down a mellow toe-side slash, which is my favorite shot of the day by far!
We continued up through the trees with a few stops and scouted a couple of shots for when he is healed to 100%! Once out of the trees we found a couple of quick shots popping through some trees here and there.
A quick stop above the trees, and we scouted a nice mellow shot for me–yup that is right I stopped hiding behind the lens. With a little encouragement from Andrew to go hike it and leave my camera in his hands. I was up in trees post holing around to get to the top of my line but the snow was deep and the sun was out and I think I am still grinning a little from it today (now it was really mellow and most would not bother with this little line but I was stoked)!
We ended up shooting a small pillow line on our way down for the final shot of the day. After that Andrew dropped me off the sled and I got some turns in on the way down, I can’t wait to get back to shoot some more!
Thanks Andrew for the rad day and can’t wait for the rest of the season, as it has just begun!