codytownsend I'll take a quick break from Svalbard stories to help announce the @arcadebelts Spring/Summer belt line launch. Everything from the line looks amazing and seeing them in surf and snow stores around the country is incredible to me. Follow @arcadebelts to see the new flow, new video and a host of other fun stuff. 18h

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codytownsend Secretly, I had hoped something like this would happen on my first winter base camp trip. In reality though, it kind of sucked. Our last day before departure, as the sun began to fall, seemingly out of nowhere, the skies darkened and the winds started howling. The winds now coming from the opposite direction of our wind walls, we hastily rushed to build new structures to guard us from the torrents. The next morning we woke to 60-70mph gusts, spiking warm temps and snow filling in our tents. We attempted to leave but the conditions warranted an escape to be too dangerous. As the gusts threatened to tear down our cooking and gathering tents, we broke down the giant tee-pee's, reinforced our windwalls and battened down into our two man tents. The wind was strong enough to fold @chrisrubens and I's tent in half as he held up the structure with hands and feet. Wet from digging, trapped in our tent, we shivered in the cold and hopes our tent would hold through the night. The next morning we awoke to our camp being nearly completely buried, tent poles bent and snapped and rushed in a mild break in weather to get the fuck out of there. So while it's sort of exciting to be in the eye of a huge storm, being stranded on a glacier, wet, cold and hoping your tent holds through it all isn't quite as fun as I had imagined. @salomonfreeski #sftvsvalbard #svalbard 2d

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codytownsend One of the biggest challenges and the main reason people called us crazy for embarking on this trip to the Arctic in winter was the cold. Cold like I've never felt before. This morning was one of the coldest and it was almost scary how cold it was. -21C/-6F with winds gusting above 40 mph and 80% humidity brought the temps down around the -40C/F range. Exposed skin would get frostbite in minutes and we bundled up with multiple layers of expedition grade down. Simple tasks like getting out of your sleeping bag, getting dressed, putting on ski boots and simply moving around outside turned into giant challenges in those temps. The cold was ever present the entire trip and my toes are still feeling it too. #sftvsvalbard #svalbard @salomonfreeski. Btw: that's our 9 foot tall cook tent barricaded in windwalls. 3d
  •   codytownsend @mikedski well my toes are envious of yours and hopefully doing the same here soon. 3d
  •   stanrey7 I watched planet earth and apparently ifnits really cold you just huddle up in a tight circle and rotate the people on the outside to the middle every half hour or so. Did you guys do that? 3d
  •   codytownsend @stanrey7 oh, I thought you huddled in a tight circle and peed on each other. Guess I watched the wrong program. 3d
  •   stanrey7 Haha wow I didn't see that one. I played cards against humanity last night and I think @elysesaugstad said something about peeing in a circle as well. I don't know what you two are into but that's a pretty weird fetish. 3d
  •   bellacoolahelisports @codytownsend if you guys come to Bella Coola there will be no peeing in the helis 3d
  •   thebomb_squad Thats skins weather homie watchu trippin bout 3d
  •   codytownsend @thebomb_squad I literally have no idea what you're talking about. 2d
  •   codytownsend @bellacoolahelisports pretty used to peeing in pee bottles in a tent, guess I gotta break that habit! 2d

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codytownsend This is how I woke up...a few days ago. Sunrise straight out of the tent in Svalbard. 3d

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codytownsend The view from inside the Greenland Wall. This was my first time solo climbing. It was steeper than I could've imagined and I had many inner battles on the way up. The vertical crux in the middle had me frozen at one point. With no ability to top out and ski off the terminus, I carved a tiny platform to gingerly put on my skis and gear up in the most gripped manner I've put on my skis in years. Such an adventure to be challenged by something so new to me. #sftvsvalbard #svalbard 4d

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codytownsend Since I have so many photos to share I might as well start now. @chrisrubens and I toured into the base of a cirque nicknamed Greenland Wall. Stacked with 270 degrees of couloirs, it's one of the best coulee zones I've ever seen. Rubens went right into the sun while I headed left up a cold, steep and narrow north facing chute. @salomonfreeski #sftvsvalbard #svalbard 4d

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codytownsend Back to civilization. After ten days of camping, climbing, skiing and exploring in some of the coldest, most remote and wildest mountain scapes I've ever seen, I could easily declare this trip one of the best of my life and a truly pivotal experience. Many stories and pictures to tell over the coming weeks. : @chrisrubens on the top. #sftvsvalbard 4d

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codytownsend Tomorrow we ride. Deep into the mountains, across the frozen ocean and up onto the glaciers. We've got 10 days slated at base camp in a zone of Svalbard rarely, if ever, skied. Onward towards adventure. #SFTVSvalbard 2w
  •   markabma Best of luck 2w
  •   chrisrubens Banger shot 2w
  •   shndrson Skiing at the actual end of the earth 2w
  •   markuseckerstorfer That zone on Frithjofbreen is awesome. Hi to Steve and Wes. 2w
  •   salomonfreeski Sick shot! 2w
  •   skiingandsailing Как вам Шпицберген? 2w
  •   neonrobotrock When I was there in 2008, I dreamed of coming back with skis. A trip I called 'Powder and Polar Bears' . Congrats on beating me to it and cherish it. I did swim in the Arctic Ocean though, which I imagine you'll pass on..... 2w
  •   chelstondirect Great shot 5d

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codytownsend Our first two day mini adventure into Svalbard's mountains has been nothing short of an mind bending experience. The context of the skiing is what is making the skiing so insane. From watching ocean swells rise the ice a meter under our feet to the empty expanses of frozen land dotted with polar bears, reindeer, seals and abandon Russian communist town sites, this trip has already etched itself as a trip of a lifetime. Two more weeks to go, a 10 day backcountry trip on the horizon and a whole lot more lines to be skied. Here @chrisrubens stands above where the mountains meet to ocean. #SFTVSvalbard 2w

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codytownsend Despite the raging storm that has delayed our long term exit plan to the distant glaciers, we pushed out into the frigid beast to practice setting up camp, testing gear and snowmobiling in conditions where you can barely see your hand in front of you. What a insane Day 1 experience for this greenhorn. #SFTVSvalbard 3w

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codytownsend Today we embark on one of the most adventurous trips of my life. Two weeks of camping, climbing and exploring the interior ranges of the most northern mountain range on planet earth, the island of Svalbard set high up in the Arctic Circle. It's going to be cold, adventurous and most of all, a hell of a new experience for myself. Signing off for the next few weeks with team @salomonfreeski: @chrisrubens @brodyleven @anthonybonello @bjarnesalen @ruebenkrabbe. Wish us luck and hope our toes don't fall off! 3w

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codytownsend "I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky. Something something something something" -R Kelly 3w

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codytownsend More. More. More. Give us more of this please. @athanmerrick doing some nifty follow cam work a couple days ago. Snowing up high and forecasted blue skies tomorrow. Time to have some fun in the mountains. 4w

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codytownsend In the morning, we go for Mt. Doom.....or not. Your call really. 4w

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codytownsend The new MTN Lab Boot from @salomonfreeski has changed the way I look at touring boots. By far and away the highest performing touring boot I've ever tested. I never would have guessed it but it's slowly becoming my everyday boot. Feels like a tennis shoe, skis like a race boot. Love these things. #designedforfreedom #MTNLab 4w

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codytownsend There is powder out there, you just gotta go a little farther to find it. 4w

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codytownsend There's a long story that got to this point, too long for an Insta comment, but let's just say @bushywayne is one of the most entertaining humans on the planet and getting to watch him send it out of the heli after the @skierscup contest and opening the @sarahburkefdn chute was a highlight of the week. Fuck yeah Bushy. #blowitifyougotit #dexknowsbest 4w

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codytownsend Sending it under the towering Matterhorn. An amazing venue for the first day of the @swatch @skierscup. Team Americas slighty behind Europe with a score of 10-8. But most importantly for me, throwing a double back flip in honor of @auclairjp and @timydutton who both have thrown doubles in Skier Cup's short history. What a show today from everyone. Also sending healing vibes to @svenkueenle and @richardpermin. 1mon

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codytownsend Two reasons why the @swatch @skierscup is so rad. 1: It's in Europe so there is a bounty of fresh pow a stones throw from the groomer. 2: You get to chase around a bunch of legends like @sageca. 1mon

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codytownsend We hiked the Matterhorn! @swatch @skierscup 1mon

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