codytownsend This aspect of skiing has been a wild introduction this year. Climbing steep, exposed and massive faces is something I've never experienced and incredibly stoked to learn about this year. Luckily, I surrounded myself with experienced and highly educated people this year and learned a whole new approach to the mountains. So thanks @chrisrubens and @davetreadway1 for schooling me in the ways of climbing. Photo: BTW, this was where this climb mellowed out and I wasn't as puckered as I was before, enough to take out my camera and snap a shot. #ConqueringTheUseless #NorthernBritishColumbia 1d

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codytownsend Mountains for miles and miles and miles and miles. #ConqueringTheUseless #NorthernBritishColumbia #ExploreBC 3d

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codytownsend It's hard to show how massive the terrain was out of Stewart, BC at times. But this pic from @teamthirteen pretty much captures it. Check out the three dots in the lower left. That's @chrisrubens @davetreadway1 and I making our way to the peak in the background. Oh and don't tell the Department of Homeland Security but we crossed the border from Canada into Alaska to ski this line. 4d

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codytownsend In order to access the zones we wanted to ski, we needed to drag hundreds of pounds of gear, fuel and food 30 km from the trailhead into the backcountry. Only from there were we then able to get access to the hundreds of kilometers of interconnected glaciers and mountains. Even though camp was so much closer to the zones, we still managed to put 80-120 km's on our snowmobiles a day. In mountains as big and vast as they are in BC, a snow pony is pretty much the only way to self-access these mountains. #ConqueringTheUseless #NorthernBritishColumbia 4d

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codytownsend Our biggest foe and friend: Glaciers. For the trip, essentially the only way to access the mountains was by crossing massive glaciers. Up high, the glaciers are safely bridged and there is less worry about falling through a thinly bridged crevasse. But down low, on a low snow year at that, the crevasses were wide open and extremely thinly bridged. It made for spicy morning and evening snowmobile rides as we got on and off the toe of the glaciers, sped across sagging snow bridges and dodged gaping holes to the abyss on a daily basis. Here @chrisrubens looks for a route on the Salmon Glacier. #ConqueringTheUseless #NorthernBritishColumbia #explorebc 4d

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codytownsend Out of the wild from the most exploratory, deep reaching and mind opening trips of my life. @chrisrubens @davetreadway1 and I spent 10 days on a self-supported, self-guided, self-organized trip into mountains few people have ever been to and even less people have skied. Every ridge, glacier and mountain you see in the pic we went beyond to find and ski some incredibly huge, steep and never skied before lines. An amazing trip for the upcoming #ConqueringTheUseless #NorthernBritishColumbia 6d

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codytownsend It's time to get wild. Going big mountain hunting in #NorthernBritishColumbia with @davetreadway1 @chrisrubens @athanmerrick and @teamthirteen. We've got food for two weeks, enough gas to get us deep into the mountains and the equipment to stay out until winter is over. This is a trip I've been dreaming of for a long time, can't believe it's finally here. 3w

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codytownsend The spring in the Coast Mountains is something not to be missed. Warm valleys, cold peaks and good times. Off on to the next adventure, if things go well, I'll be signing off the internet for a couple weeks. See ya later normal world. #explorebc 3w

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codytownsend Like standing on top of a giant egg. @davetreadway1 contemplating our placement of a deadman anchor with a race track to the bottom of the valley a few feet away. #explorebc #ccclives 3w

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codytownsend That dot, yeah, that's me. The craziest part about this line wasn't even skiing it though. The toe-in and getting into it was as spicy of an entrance as I've ever done. With the assistance of our guide at @bellacoolahelisports, @davetreadway1 and I roped up and ventured over the blindest of rollovers, carefully skirting our way around the gigantic cornice on one side and the knife edge ridge that fell to the valley floor on the other side. Photo by: @elysesaugstad #explorebc #ccclives #expandyourplayground 3w

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codytownsend But ultimately you come to Bella Coola for the spines, not just the views. This is the legendary Harrisson Hopital face, the site of one the best lines ever skied by a hero of mine, Hugo Harrison. He won Line of the Year twice on this face and Crash of the Year once...thus the frenchy hospital themed name. Getting to ride it for my first time was a dream come true. It's as steep as it gets, has a blind roll over from hell and barells you out the bottom at Mach-a-looney speeds. Such a legendary face. #explorebc #ccclives @bellacoolahelisports @carchicoa 3w

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codytownsend Never seen such dramatic mountain-to-valley views as there are in Bella Coola. Made you feel like you were shredding the edge of the world. @bellacoolahelisports @carchicoa #explorebc #ccclives 3w

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codytownsend Last week I got the chance to go to a zone that was probably one of the most influential zones of mountains in my life: Bella Coola, BC. Growing up watching Shane, Seth, Hugo, McGovern, and Moseley ski these mountains in old @msp_films movies probably shaped how I see skiing more than any other single thing. To finally see and ski these mountains has been a bucket list item for me. Stoked to finally check that box! : @elysesaugstad hanging out on the edge of it all. #exploreBC #ccclives 4w

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codytownsend There are plenty more photos from Svalbard to share but I'm gonna end it with a statue from the town of Longyearbyen that represents some good tidings for travelers. "May the wind be at your back and sun upon your face." #sftvsvalbard #expandyourplayground 4w

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codytownsend Svalbard is actually too far north for an abundance of Northern Lights...yeah it's really far north...but on this night, as I was woken from my slumber to do my mandatory hour long "Polar Bear Watch"shift, the infamous Aurora Borealis lit up the arctic sky. That night would've been quite easy for a bear to sneak up on us as I probably didn't take my eyes off the sky the entire shift. Another one of the insane sights of Svalbard. #sftvsvalbard #svalbard #expandyourplayground 1mon

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codytownsend Three necessities in the arctic::
1. Quality Outwear (@salomonfreeski)
2. Superior Gloves (@hestragloves)
3. Trusty Weapon (@TheGermans) Photograph by @reubenkrabbe (#givehimafollow)
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codytownsend This element was one of the craziest elements of the trip: Sea Ice. Sea ice, which isn't the blue glacier ice in the background, but the ice under the feet of @brodyleven and @chrisrubens is a common element to travel in Svalbard. It's measured, tested and constantly observed by locals to gauge their ability to travel around the island. Supposedly you only need 10 cm's/4 inches of ice to safely drive a thousand pounds of snowmobile on to the ocean but personally, it always felt a bit sketchy walking, snowmobiling and traveling over ocean ice. Its creaks, groans and constant movement always seemed to remind you that you're not standing on solid ground, but right above a void of cold, dark and very open ocean. #sftvsvalbard @salomonfreeski 1mon

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codytownsend Oh yeah, the original reason we went to Svalbard, to ski. Most of our trip we encountered the kind of snow that would be at its best described as "variable". Yet as we learned the terrain, got the right winds and small snow storm, we soon started finding couloirs buttered up with silky smooth snow allowing us to finally open 'er up. @chrisrubens spraying the walls. #sftvsvalbard #expandyourplayground 1mon

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codytownsend One of the most incredible aspects of the arctic in winter is the light. The sun never rose above 15 degrees over the horizon our entire time we we're there. Yet as winter turned to spring there was 45 minutes of extra light every single day during our three week trip. For the most part, these sunrises and sunsets would paint the sky in a crazy blend of arctic pastels for hours as the sun slowly moved sideways across the sky, instead of the arcing up and down we're used to at lower latitudes. #sftvsvalbard #svalbard @salomonfreeski 1mon

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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. 1mon

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