The Freeheel Life
Golden, Colorado – Bent Gate Mountaineering had their annual Ski Season Kick-off Party with telemark skiers, industry reps, and all sorts of mountain loving folks. The festivities kicked off at the American Mountaineering Museum in downtown Golden. Telemark Skier Magazine showed the world premiere of The Freeheel Life 2: Hippies Punx, and Misfits.
Industry reps from companies such as Dynafit, Mamut, Black Diamond, BCA, Edelweiss, Flylow, K2, Pieps, Hestra, and Icelantic had setup booths and donated beer to the Ski Season Kick-off Party. Big Sky Brewing supplied the beer while the famed DDeli and Mountain Mamas served up some great food. Representatives were also in attendance from the Loveland Ski Area (who are currently making snow) and Sunlight Mountain. The amount of swag which the sponsors donated for the event was absolutely astounding. Everyone left with some kind of backcountry gear or ridiculous discounts at Bent Gate. I cant even begin to explain the excitement in the crowd during the raffle. Everything from skis and gloves to down coats and beacons were being distributed to the incredibly diverse crowd. It seemed like the free stuff just wouldn’t stop rolling out onto the floor, and when it did we all had our arms full. All of the proceeds for the raffle and silent auction went to Friends of Berthoud Pass, CAIC, and The American Mountaineering Museum.
Pete Swenson of Dynafit showed an incredible slideshow of his recent ventures up Mont Blanc and Broad Peak. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and lies between Italy and France. Broad Peak (also known as K3) is the twelfth highest mountain on Earth and is located on the border of Pakistan and China. Pete’s photos were inspiring and exciting. This guy doesn’t mess around when it comes to big mountains although you wouldn’t know it from his modest nature and laid back attitude, a true mountaineer.
Professional guide and Colorado local Markus Beck gave a crash course in avalanche safety. Markus is the owner and head guide of Alpine World Ascents. His informative presentation was an overview of the basic gear and safety with an emphasis on what it takes to experience the backcountry safely and comfortably. It is imperative for anyone wishing to take part in backcountry adventures to be properly trained. During the winter Colorado is one of the most dangerous places in the world to ski and climb in the backcountry due to the high number of avalanches. You must have the correct gear and know how to use it. You and your friends lives depend on it. Take a course through CAIC or go to one of the Friends of Berthoud Pass outings. Where you will learn the skills to travel within the Colorado backcountry and decrease your chances of a fatal accident.After everyone loaded up on swag we were corralled into the theater and again were bombarded with more water bottles, discounts, and free clothes. As the film was beginning to start a suspicious mason jar which had a slight peach flavor was flowing freely between the first two rows. The mood up front was similar to getting the first chair on an epic day. Everyone was smiling and holding on to their seats. When the film started the crowd lost it. You can only hold a ski bums excitement back for so long. Josh Madsen did a great job on this film. He was able to accurately portray some of the core aspects of tele skiing, including Individuality, endless face shots, and solidarity within the crew. Tele skiing is like no other sport. It takes years of dedication, a passion for the outdoors, and endurance. Teleers come from all walks of life. Everyone from the old and young to the hardcore and tree huggers, they all partake in seemingly endless stays in the white room. The Free Heel Life takes up to some truly inspirational lines in Norway, Utah, Alaska, and California. The skiers: Ty Dayberry, Shaun Raskin, Zeph Hallowell, Connor Davis, JT Robinson, Candy Froerer, Dan Ruppel, Josh Madsen, Cody Smith and Alex Paul. Styles of skiing ranged from rails in Utah to huge lines at Turnagain Pass in AK, and everything in between. To these modern day explorers the safety zone is the drone zone, and they live up their statement by hucking huge cliffs and sliding monster rails. The soundtrack was a range of adrenaline pumping rock/punk to smooth jams. They were mixed perfectly to the scenery and skiing styles. I cant wait to see where The Freeheel Life takes us this season.
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