Well I am super stoked about your comments regarding my first foray into Raw videos. I have been energized all day with your excitement on the potential of these videos.
It’s my goal to make them all slightly different in angles but all with the same goal: To transport you,the voyeur into the mountains. There will be dorky moments and there will be awkward moments but there will also be many amazing mountain moments.
Mike asked me about the skis I am using; so I figured I might as well highlight the gear I use.
I will start off with the skis. On a day to day basis I really enjoy a ski in the 95-106 category. I generally am always skiing powder, but not always and a ski of that dimension will ski well regardless of snow; hard ice or deep powder. It’s the ski that does it all. I generally ski the VISION 96, its twin tips come in hand for side slipping down sketchy shit… www.Goode.com
I ski many different models of SCARPA boots, at present I am skiing the F3’s simply because how easily they walk. It’s the start of a season and I am a bit out of shape so the weight and walk of this boot makes the days easier on my 32 year old body. www.Scarpa.com
SUUNTO watches have been logging my seasons for 8 years, always keeping tabs on vertical goals.
The X6HR as some amazing features, including printing out your days adventures. www.suunto.com
In terms of bindings there is only one for me…. the DYNAFIT….. tried tested and true……… www.dynafit.us
Skins and Avalanche gear is G3 , a Canadian company committed to bringing out quality gear for guides. http://genuineguidegear.com/
For clothing there is only Arcteryx. Stylish and bomber, an active clothing that withstands mother nature’s worst. The most key jacket is the Fission SV, burly gore-tex over a warm loft, its the first thing I put on at the top. As for my bottom I am wearing the Seeker pants, a nicely suspended and stylish pant.
Well I promised video and here it is. Its not perfect but much like my photos last year the quality will improve as I get more comfortable with the whole process.
I have had two more great days in Rogers Pass, one early morning where I toured up Mcgill and had some nice deep powder turns with some friends and then headed home to figure out Final Cut Pro. And then today I headed up Cheops to the North bowls which turned out to be very wind affected ( notice the head cam shot, ) But Dave and I then toured up to 8812 bowl and had some fantastic blower powder the whole way down. I tried some follow camera but it did not pan out at all.
Well here is my first Raw Backcountry video, not smooth, not perfect, not filled with exquisite ski footage but fun none the less. http://www.youtube.com
Tell me is video a more interactive way to see what’s happening? Does it involve you a little more, help bring you closer to the mountains?
Drove home from Vancouver last night, left at about 8 and got here at 1am. Awoke at 6 to get my stuff together and meet darek at 7. There was little that could get in my way of getting out skiing today, I needed to get out and feel the wind as well as try out my new camera.
It’s a consumer quality camera with HD quality, it s called the sony HDRHC7 and boasts a 6.1 mpixel still as well as video. So I will be able to blog some video as well as some still photos. I have aims of focusing on video and trying to bring the blogging experience to the next level. Bringing out small video regularly so I can provide a better window into the mountains.
Today was a great day, cold -10 and blower powder, I spend my day figuring out the ins and outs of my tripod and camera. I don’t imagine that I got much workable footage but i may try to string something together so I can get used to the process. See how easy/ or how hard it will be to post some video.
I am definitely out of shape, we did two short runs off Grizzly shoulder and then skied home via Grizzly bowl. NOt much more than 4000 feet and I am exhausted.
all for now