December Loam on Pinkbike
Living amidst the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest, a day with cloudy skies and fog so thick you can't see the house across the street isn't abnormal. When Jeremy called asking if I wanted to come out filming, I thought to myself, doesn't he know that it’s December? That it’s been snowing for two days and you
We at Savage Films have made a lot of rock climbing videos but this is our very first mountain bike edit. Featuring Pat Foster and Jeremy Norris shredding incredible Squamish terrain on their "little" bikes.
We are excited to release a free excerpt from our feature film Western Gold! If you enjoy this segment and haven't seen the full film yet, head over to our store and download it!
This segment features some of the best lines in the greater Leavenworth area including Kyle O'Meara making the second ascent of the incredible highball All of the
Squamish is a magical place with a lot to keep you busy. The weather is highly unpredictable but when it's dry you have a lot of options from bouldering, to sport climbing, trad climbing, mountain biking, kite boarding, hiking, swimming at a lake, etc etc. The weather has been ridiculously good recently, with a streak of 6 weeks of sunshine
Living amidst the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest, a day with cloudy skies and fog so thick you can’t see the house across the street isn’t abnormal. When Jeremy called asking if I wanted to come out filming, I thought to myself, doesn’t he know that it’s December? That it’s been snowing for two days and you can’t see more than 15 feet in front of you? Do I really want to leave my warm house and haul 30 pounds of camera gear up and down the mountainside in these conditions? But I couldn’t say no to Jeremy’s endless psych, and I knew that if he had something he wanted to film it would be special. I layered on thermal and rain gear in a haze that morning and hauled my equipment out the door to meet Jeremy and Pat. Read more
We at Savage Films have made a lot of rock climbing videos but this is our very first mountain bike edit. Featuring Pat Foster and Jeremy Norris shredding incredible Squamish terrain on their “little” bikes.
Squamish is a magical place with a lot to keep you busy. The weather is highly unpredictable but when it’s dry you have a lot of options from bouldering, to sport climbing, trad climbing, mountain biking, kite boarding, hiking, swimming at a lake, etc etc. The weather has been ridiculously good recently, with a streak of 6 weeks of sunshine and virtually no rain. I’ve mostly split up my time between bouldering and mountain biking. I had done a little bit of biking in the south many years ago but the mountain biking up here is something else. The whole sea to sky corridor is a huge destination that people travel from all over the world to experience.
Jeremy Norris. Photo by Pat Foster.
The terrain is what makes this area spectacular for biking and the locals have made good use of it, with trails built in virtually every forest around Squamish. There are probably more bike trails than paved roads here. I’ve been out filming with two talented local downhill riders, Pat Foster and Jeremy Norris. They ride ungodly fast down terrain I can’t fathom riding on two wheels. Look for that video in a few weeks.
Video still of Jeremy Norris and Pat Foster flying down their trail Hybrid
Last week I flew down to Salt Lake City to partake in my first ever Outdoor Retailer show. For the uninitiated it’s a massive convention of people with bad posture and oversized forearms, aka rock climbers.
These retailers don’t hold back, I’ve heard design and construction of the larger booths can top $250k. Not to mention the amount of money it costs to rent out floor space at the show! I’d never really witnessed anything to do with rock climbing that involved a lot of money. That’s a new side of the sport for me. I’m used to hanging out with dirtbag climbers who are living on PB & J sandwiches in order to prolong their climbing trip.
Teva even hired someone to walk in their giant hamster wheel during the show:
I like to keep my traveling spontaneous which has led me to some incredible places over the years. This time it was a detour up through Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. I had been to Yellowstone the previous year but never visited the Tetons.
I’ve seen a lot of mountains all over the world and the Tetons were some of the most impressive I’ve ever laid eyes on (click the photos to enlarge).
Sorry for the lack of blog posts in the past few weeks…months… years… I’ve been busy lately.
I spent the winter and spring in Chattanooga TN editing my new film Western Gold and getting it ready for release. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out and with the incredible feedback I’ve been receiving. Before I started filming for Western Gold I invested a lot of money in new camera and video equipment and really set out to take my craft to the next level. If you have ever enjoyed any video I’ve made then you will love Western Gold because it is leaps and bounds above anything I’ve created before.
I’m a perfectionist in everything I do which can make accomplishing something slow and time consuming but the results are always worth it. The film is all about the best boulders in each of five lessor known areas. A few of the areas in the film you may have heard of before like Squamish or Red Rocks but I doubt you have seen them on display in this quality before. I really wanted to share an authentic bouldering experience on the best lines, whether it’s V5 or V13. While I am featured in the film, the vast majority of climbers are local stars from each area. Many fly completely under the radar without any sponsorships even though they are incredibly talented. Here are a couple of reviews to give you an idea of what others are saying about the film:
Mountains and Water – “I would unhesitatingly recommend this film to anyone who cares about the sport of climbing, even those who don’t boulder. At an hour and a half, plus some excellent bonus material, Western Gold offers a voyage of discovery that few other films can match.”
Lloyd Climbing – “The entire film has been meticulously crafted with an attention to detail unmatched in other bouldering films…Almost all bouldering films have at least one song, scene, or story that I find distracting or annoying, but this one doesn’t. It renews my hope for the genre.”
If you haven’t seen Western Gold yet, you can pick it up on HD Download or DVD in our store.
Moving on to the roadtrip… I left the South about three weeks ago on a journey back to Squamish.
I don’t know if you’ve driven through Kansas before but it’s really exciting, let me paint a picture for you:
Experience the beauty of bouldering in an action packed film set in the stunning locations of Leavenworth Washington, Castle Rocks Idaho, Red Rocks Nevada, Cody Wyoming, and Squamish British Columbia. From the hardest to the tallest the west coast has to offer, get ready to see something new.
Western Gold is available now on DVD and HD Download in our store!
Last week Ethan Pringle and photographer Damon Corso were in town to spend some time on the Chattanooga sandstone. Ethan was really excited about Barn Door 2000, a V12 established by Jimmy Webb earlier this season.