Alaska is always the ultimate pilgrimage and the last chance to get shots for your part. But more than just this it’s a true experience against yourself and nature that you have to respect even more than everywhere else to enjoy it at its most., This year is even more so because we decided to explore a new zone where no one ever rode before. No comfy heli-skiing lodge, no hot showers, no toilets but the woods… just our little motor homes parked on the side of the road.
In these conditions you learn to live for the group not just for yourself. When you’re out in an untouched territory all that really matters is to get back at the camp safe at the end of the day. We took the first days quite easy to understand the snowpack try to find the good spots and make a game plan.
And then the party started! Every morning you have that knot in your stomach, knowing you’ll have to face those huge mountains and glaciers, that fear that keeps you safe, but also makes everything so much more enjoyable and at the end of each run you just have that incredible feeling that can’t compare to anything else.
Then you have a few bad weather days where the pressure fades a little bit and you know you’re not gona risk you life for a while and can enjoy the wilderness of Alaska. Chasing bald-eagles, fishing or at least trying, disk golfing, bbqs by the beach…, We’ve been here for 3 weeks and didn’t really think about when leaving! I guess summer and surfing will have to wait a bit more…
-Mathieu Crepel in Canaska with Absinthe Films