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Morning Mission — Sterling Mtn

This morning, Mitch woke me up at 4am for my first morning mission to take advantage of the season's first big dumping. 

The climb was up Sterling Mountain on Smugglers Notch, with starting temps around 5 degrees. Using jump head lamps, it felt pretty weird and wild to be sweating out in the snow before the sun came up.

For this trip, I used snowshoes while the other lads had their splitboards. Mark my words: My next investment will be a splitboard of my own. Eughh, snowshoes weren't optimal. 

Regardless, the long haul up made for one hell-of-a-ride down!

An Easter in Bangkok

Last weekend I journeyed north to Bangkok, Thailand.

And what a ride.

Because of the type of visa I have here in Australia, I needed to leave the country for a few days. So I decided to take the opportunity to meet up with an old New Kent homie, Kyle Mechling, who currently lives just next door in Vietnam.

I had never been to Asia before. Both excited and nervous, I wasn't sure what to expect. Especially in a city as full-on as Bangkok. Despite the many variables, we had a pretty rad time. Made some cool Thai friends, rode at Thai Wake Park, ate heaps of Pad Thai, and wandered through beautiful temples & palaces.

Not only did we pick a long holiday to go on, but turned out that the Thai New Year "Songkran" was the same weekend. And to celebrate, the country puts on a huge Water Festival. In short, we waltzed right into a nation-wide water gun war. Crazy.

In short, jumping into Bangkok for 2 days revealed a whole archive of senses I had never experienced before, with a newfound love and respect for Asia and all it has to offer. With that said, I'm glad to be back in Australia safe and sound, ready to finish up my Shillington Graphic Design course in a few weeks.

A few highlights:

PALifornia

May 9 - May 19

Four Pals + California

Those were the plans. Head west and enjoy.

Vegas, Mammoth, Yosemite, San Francisco, Morro Bay, Newport Beach, Pasadena, Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, and back to Vegas.

BAM!

But what we found was much different than just a high-speed race around the west coast. The theme of the trip became centered around friendship instead of destinations. Enjoying time with each other before moving away and getting jobs. Celebrating the changing seasons of our lives. Meeting old friends and making new ones along the way.

Granted, after driving 3,000+ miles in a hot-sweaty rental car together, community isn't much of a choice. But, they were some of the best moments of my life.

See for yourself.

Below is a short film I put together to recap the entire trip (lens smudges and all). For an appetizer, here are some quotes from the trip that didn't make the cut.

  • “I’ve never been to Colorado, but I imagine it looking like this…green and tan.” - Phil
  • “Yea you can make that jump…phil, no no, do the big boy jump, you can do it.” - Ben
  • “Hey look what I found, it’s a switch blade…we should keep it.” - Tyler
  • “Hey Ben watch out there’s a car coming” - Tyler
  • “Watch out, I’m throwing a rock at you.” -Phil
  • “Phil no, no Phil” - Tyler
  • “Ugh, I’m so ugly.” - David
  • “Jimmy joop joop!” - David
  • “Hey, there’s hazardous cliffs over here!” … “perfect” - Tyler and Phil
  • “Phil, stop killing nature, you’re on film.” - Ben
  • “I’m gonna die, I don’t know how to stop this thing!” - Tyler
  • “YEEHAW PEEPAW!” - Everyone, all the time
  • “Ah look at you, you’re a surfer! Ahhh” - David
  • “Gotta have your hands free, it’s called the two hand technique…illegal in 12 states” - Phil
  • “You filming me sleeping?” - Phil
  • “Get a shot of my veins.” - Phil
  • “Can we listen to KYGO’s new album now?” - Phil
  • “Do something stupid-er, you look too normal” - Ben
  • “Am I gonna be famous on the YouTubues?” - Jmart
  • “This is chapstick”… “Yea you put that on sometimes” - Phil and David
  • “Why are these people rich? What’d they do?” - Phil
  • “Infrastructure? I hardly know her…” - Jmart
  • “I bet there’s food in all these trucks” - Tyler
  • “Ahh, yerrr uhhh gotta pee’n her butt! - David
  • “Mountains and trees, mountains and trees! I’m tired of it!” - Phil
  • “Yep, this just tastes like a Miller beer” - David
  • “That was the girliest throw I’ve ever seen.” - Ben to Phil
  • “Doop bop stop baa boo bee bop pop scoop poop” - David

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy our shenanigans!

Spring Break 2k16

Wow.

What a BENVENTURE!

From March 4 to March 12, my close friend Phil Mouring and I ventured of on a high-speed, rapid-fire European Vacation escorted by our local Swiss pal Tobias Tresch. The goal was simply to be and to see.

And that we did.

Here are a few of my notes from our travels to prove it.

  • Skated in Istanbul Airport with a Beck's brew in hand.
  • Played the stump game in a random Swiss bar.
  • Ate Little Debbie Swiss Rolls in Switzerland.
  • Drove 140 mph on the Autobahn.
  • Witnessed the sunrise and sunset over the Swiss Alps.
  • Phil accidentally splashed holy water.
  • Ate pastries in France.
  • Had Sprugel in Germany.
  • Made my own Swiss Chocolate.
  • Crafted my own Swiss Army knife.
  • Toured and tasted a Heineken Brewery.
  • Learned how to say Easter Egg in German
  • Tobi got in a fender bender
  • Street lines are opposite colors.
  • Swiss insurance pays for gym members.
  • Never wear your shoes inside.
  • Red Bull is cheaper than water.
  • Rode through world's longest tunnel - 17km,
  • Toi Toi = portapotty.
  • Ate Italian pizza with local red wine.
  • I really like Rachlett and Flamkuchen.
  • Scottish dudes suck at ping pong.
  • Got super lost snowboarding at LAAX and ended up in a goat pasture.
  • Turkish Airlines hands out Turkish delight, and free alcohol.

And of course, the visuals along the way...

An unforgettable trip.

Phil and I can't thank the Tresch family enough for their outrageous hospitality. Your incredible food, beautiful home, and fuzzy cats will be missed.

A special thank you to boss man Tobi for ALL you did for us (planning, driving, getting out a$$e$ out of bed) and taking time off work to adventure to such cool places with us. And ladies, he's single!

Here's a highlight video from the various road trips we embarked on, in chronological order. I also decided to leave the footage as natural as possible and not edit the clips. Unfortunately I lost the footage from Italy, but a piece of my heart will always lie in those "Coors Light sized" mountains.

Cheers to next time Switzerland! I'll be back.

Switzerland

France

Germany

Italy

Views From a Skoda

WMD Preseason

According to their website, Massanutten is "THE Mid-Atlantic premier four-season mountain resort". Eh, not sure about that. What I do know is that my friends and I have made it our home.

We're the Weapons of MASS Destruction (WMDs) and we seek to destroy any pile of snow we can get our shred sticks on. Just a collection of goofballs doing what we love...simple.

But when you live in the Southeast, mother nature doesn't always deliver. So, we've become good at improvising. Here's a look back these past few months before we had snow.