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First day skiing season 15: Cervinia

matthehorn

matthehorn

matthehorn

matthehorn

pasta are good in Italy

pasta are good in Italy

Luca

Arctic. Buy MADE IN ” LOCAL” .

As skiers we dream when we see those beautiful pictures in Svalbard or Baffin Island. The climate change and global warming is about to change everything about it. From oil rigs to world trade arctic new route is about to destroy all of it faster than we think. Sooner we will look at pictures of skiers skinning up black ice on baffin island with oil rigs as scenics. When we buy stuff made in “slave world” we agree with that status quo . BUY made in “local”
“”It’s not going to be me revoutionizing any new tech for lower emissions or sustainable energy. But I can be mindful of my own impact and do what I can to reduce it when possible and make smart decisions. But as a consumer I don’t know where I am allowed to stand. When I fill up my car and plug in my computer, or buy toxics clothes, I don’t feel like I am part of the solution. Everyone’s some part of the status quo. But that absolutely does not mean we forfeit our agency to change the situation. “

When we buy stuff made in “slave world” we agree with that status quo .


BUY made in “local”


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NEW ROUTE

businessinsider.com/china-begins-using-arctic-shipping-route-that-could-change-the-face-of-world-trade link

arctic



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AUTUMN

Si vous voulez voir la nature belle et vierge comme une fiancée, allez là par un jour de printemps ; si vous voulez calmer les plaies saignantes de votre cœur, revenez-y par les derniers jours de l’automne ; au printemps, l’amour y bat des ailes à plein ciel, en automne on y songe à ceux qui ne sont plus.

Le Lys dans la vallée de Honoré de Balzac
[ Balzac ]

Every autumn i go on a work/meditation retreat off the grid deep in the california woods. it is always a very good time to think and ponder. After a couple of weeks my friend Huevos rushed to me with what he could get from a one bar connection on his phone about a very bad news concerning my friends JP Auclair, Andreas Fransson and Bjarne Sahlen. We couldn’t get more than a random page announcing briefly the confirmed death of Andreas and JP. Frustration was high as we couldn’t get anymore info than that. what happened? Bjarne? what the fuck. A month prior i was at a bbq at Fransson with Bjarne and they talked about their chilean project. There was no immediate plans to get down to connections so i just swallowed the news , deep. From deep , there is a howling of sadness… the tears… The tears have not yet been on the outside. I am around people, and I don’t want to be comforted. They don’t know them . Not letting them out. They might come later, the tears. But for now they stop inside, leaving my eyes glossy. Moments come in my mind, those times spent with fransson at the top of the aiguille du midi waiting for windows, remembering his advises and betas on huge runs then rarely skied, remembering the west face of mont blanc and the eugster i would not have skied had he not told /encourage me “you should go you can do it” .
It is so unfair.
Fransson is known as a punk ass skier for his descent of denali or other “no future” type endeavor. Since he started his guide program and met his girlfriend Ali he was tamed. Cautious. Extremely experienced.Focused on details. safe. more conservative in his choices.
so unfair.
i remember meeting jp 5 years ago in cham during the shoot of “ordinary skier” . He was the most unusual pro skier/park head jibber i met. Not looking the part: discreet, smart, well travelled, intelligent, artsy, well read, creative , humble. I remember him telling me how scared he was of alaska and powder, avalanches. I saw him many times after: cragging in cham , I was there on his first descent of the mallory…Later I waited for him when he skied the frendo with fransson in a white out whilst we skied the eugster that day and we all met at the bottom drinking beer.
he just had a baby.
so unfair.
Later, My friend Huevos said it looks like something happened to a “liz “ as well. We couldn’t get more on the short connection. just someone posted ” bye Liz” on Facebook. I immediately thought of Liz Daley but i knew she wasn’t with Fransson. she is in cham climbing “spliiiitttttters” with her newly fiance and good friend of mine Davide Demasi AKA Diamond. I saw them 20 days ago, at a welcome to cham Liz BBQ.
We all decided to go eat pizza in town. Alleluya, connection. I couldn’t wait any longer. The first post i see is the one from Diamond announcing Liz daley’s death. I couldn’t hold it anymore and bursted in tears for a minute in the rough neck scene i am in. pretty. …fuckin hell.
Liz Daley. really?
This is beyond fucked up.
So unfair.
She was so conservative in her choices , she was so safe. I always enjoyed the contrast with her girly manners in a brutal environment, she was always so pro. I was angry when she told me she had to switch from patagonia to Eddie Bauer because patagonia wouldn’t put her on payroll. Why?. She was so good at advertising , her numerous post on TGR were brilliant LINK, full of life, fun. Her few videos were so lively and funny. She was no Peterson but heck, most of us can identify with doing our toe nails at the base of denali more than G-s-ing massive faces in AK. Anyways.
It doesn’t matter. She is dead now.
I am crushed.

3 good people are gone. Again. it is redundant . too many. The usual “ he died doing what he loved” gets me pissed off. it doesn’t mean anything anymore. Andreas said” there are no good reason to die for but the mountains gives me a reason to live for” Ok, fine. My parents who see the numerous dead people post on Facebook dont understand at all. They are worried. I am confused. It is snowing now in cham . I am not excited . whatever. yes . it is snowing. The only thing that keep me skiing isn’t skiing anymore .per say. It is just the people i meet. Without skiing i would not have met such unique characters like JP, Andreas and Liz. This is about the people, those moments. What i remember most are those times spent with people before and after skiing. the skiing is always good, it is just skiing. I am pissed off at skiing right now. …

In La Kesh

A FEW PICTS

I don’t have pictures of JP but here a video he made whilst skiing the frendo/ eugster. It shows his creativity and what he could do with just some go pro footage. So much richer and elaborate than what you usually see coming from the usual ski hipster- pro-park-freeride-facebook-instagram crowd nowadays …

Chamonix Storm Riding from JP Auclair on Vimeo.

i build more cairns at the signal every time we loose someone…

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August

lyskamLYSKAM summer ski mission

Luca Pandolfi called me up in the midst of a hot humid rainy mid summer period telling me we should go ski Lyskam. It is an amazing face in a zone i havent been so I dug out what i could find of my ski kit under- way- under the summer junks. Upon our arrival to the refuge, a picture of the face got me somewhat pessimistic, it looked like the rain had crusted the bottom half of the face. This is the type of face you want to ski with good big powdery turns, fluidly (or else you didn’t really ski it) … not really a jump turn- sideway skiing type thing. That said because of that: (what some would call) “snobbism” , i still havent skied the Couturier or the Gervasutti. On our way, we met with friends-ski world -movers and shakers joe vallone, PTOR and glen Plake who shared the same dreams . awesome!. At the summit , we made a few turns down the benedetti line on the N.face until we realized it was really gonna be miserable another 200 meters down. So we climbed back up and skied the other side. Oh well. im glad i saw that zone, a must do. I enjoy that kind of summer ski mission

The rest of August was unstable and rainy and crowded.I barely had windows to take my bike out on my days off. Dreaming i am getting dusted on the black rock desert celebrating hedonism. .

luca pandolfi

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Joe vallone, glen plake, ptor

joe vallone

glen plake

glen plake

cosmo jazz

cosmojazz

cosmojazz

cosmojazz

cosmojazz

Every year Andre Manoukian brings us the cosmojazz festival, A massive amount of amazing musicians from everywhere playing a wide very wide variety of jazz. Here some pictures of the Ethiopians ESTER RADA and the band from chicago who killed it in the center of cham : HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE from Chicago

HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE from Chicago

HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE from Chicago

HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE from Chicago

HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE from Chicago

HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE from Chicago

HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE from Chicago

ESTER RADA: israeli ethiopienne singer and her awesome musicians.

ESTER RADA: israeli ethiopienne singer and her awesome musicians.

ESTER RADA: israeli ethiopienne singer and her awesome musicians.

ESTER RADA: israeli ethiopienne singer and her awesome musicians.

ESTER RADA: israeli ethiopienne singer and her awesome musicians.

ESTER RADA: israeli ethiopienne singer and her awesome musicians.

ESTER RADA: israeli ethiopienne singer and her awesome musicians.

ESTER RADA: israeli ethiopienne singer and her awesome musicians.

summer

between the rain and the job; Some climbing, biking…

blaitiere, ciseaux, fou, moon

blaitiere, ciseaux, fou, moon

Benoit Sancesario-Lasson- mont blanc

Benoit Sancesario-Lasson- mont blanc

Benoit Sancesario-Lasson- mont blanc

Benoit Sancesario-Lasson- mont blanc

Eva Eskilsson on peigne

sunsets

I am working night shift so I am waking up to this everyday…

mont blanc, mont maudit, tacul

mont blanc, mont maudit, tacul

aiguille de chamonix: grand charmoz, Grepon

aiguille de chamonix: grand charmoz, Grepon

aiguille de chamonix: blaitiere, ciseaux, fou

aiguille de chamonix: blaitiere, ciseaux, fou

where people ski

tof henry

tof henry

tof henry

tof henry

tof henry

michael "bird" shaffer

michael “bird” shaffer

michael "bird" shaffer, julot  berger

michael “bird” shaffer, julot berger

michael "bird" shaffer

michael “bird” shaffer

damien deschamp

ben briggs, mikko heimonen, jesper

ben briggs, mikko heimonen, jesper

aiguille du plan

aiguille du plan

tracks incognitos

Jordan Manley

Conditions in cham havent been very inviting so I’ve watched a lot of movies. After going thru my usual classic like “natural born killer” or “american beauty” and other “usual suspect” …i went back to the outdoor world and re watched All the Jordan Manley films. Those are still, by far, the best ski movies i have seen EVER. Well, to be fair, It is not your usual ski porn however they always take me somewhere with a well build atmosphere, good storyline and perfect imagery and most of all no bragging. They inspire me. To travel, go ski but also to maybe get into filming. More of a documentary/ski/poetic type stuff.
Unfortunately jordan is injured at the moment so nothing is new…but so good.

Argentina: A Skier’s Journey EP3 [Season 2] from Jordan Manley Photography on Vimeo.

Dubai: A Skier’s Journey EP2 [S3] from Jordan Manley Photography on Vimeo.

Baffin Island: A Skier’s Journey EP2 [Season 2] from Jordan Manley Photography on Vimeo.

Iceland: A Skier’s Journey EP3 [S3] from Jordan Manley Photography on Vimeo.

Japan: A Skier’s Journey EP1 S3 from Jordan Manley Photography on Vimeo.

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