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Power animals are humans too

Published on May 2, 2011 by

In the summer or 1987, during my freshman orientation at Southwest Texas State, I was asked “what is your power animal?” Uhhhhh….
Hummmmm…. Uhhhh. “A vampire”, I responded, thinking I was so cool and impressive. Forgive me now for how I was then, but do remember that The Lost Boys was in vogue. After more recent thought, perhaps we do not choose our power animals, rather they find us.
Potential case-in-point. Professional trip leader, Brian Siebert‘s power animal choose him via a humorous email attachment.

Thank’s for sharing that Sieberto!

For potential case-in-point number two, please suspend any beliefs that animals and humans are fundamentally different.
My power animal/human, Bill Withers, found me via a free trial on netflex.com.

 
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Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Telescope Chute

Published on April 13, 2011 by

Larger size recommended.

 
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Bubble Wrap

Published on March 24, 2011 by

The best thing about a new splitboard?
McKenna discovering the joys of bubble wrap.

Next best thing?
Pow!
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photo By James Foulks

Ben video
video By James Foulks

More pow photos from Wednesdays 12.5 hour tour here.

 
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Snowboard Free

Published on March 2, 2011 by

I am snowboard free after donating my last one to raise funds for KPAC. I may never own another one. However, I did get a new splitboard, and after 3 tours, I think I figured out how the new rockered beast handles. It took some fussing and some setup adjustments, but my goodness this board turns much faster than anything I have ever ridden. She loves to lean back and surf fast.

First day on the new split.
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photos by James Foulks

By the third tour, everything clicked with the new board and I was in surf heaven.

Our snowpack has been interesting this year.
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It’s been thin and windblown.
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It’s been fun.
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It’s been dangerous.
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Photo by AbsoluteKen

 
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KPAC Donation

Published on February 16, 2011 by

Make a $5 donation to the Kachina Peaks Avalanche Center and you could walk away with one of these setups.
the boards

On the left we have a 2005 Burton S-series 168 Splitboard with ~25.5 cm waist width and ~8 meter radius side-cut. Included are the Sparks ignition splitboard medium bindings! Sweetness!!!! The splitboard is in fair+ shape and could use a full tune and grind. It will make a great first splitboard for anyone that is 150+ pounds. Would also work great as a backup board or loaner so your splitboard-less friends can join your split-party. This is a directional all-mountain board.
On the right we have a 2004 Ride Decade 160 all-mountain snowboard with ~25.5 cm waist width and ~8 meter radius side-cut. Included are large Salomon Relay bindings and Burton elevators. Board is in mostly good shape but could use a tuneup.

Both of these boards have residual magic from first snowboard-descents in the volcanoes, mountains, and hills of Northern Arizona.

So how do ya get one of these?
The boards will be raffled at Shredder night on Friday the 25th at the Green Room in Flagstaff. Must be present to win. Raffle tickets only $5 each!!!
 
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