Fingers Crossed: Alaska—A Meditation on the Haines Pass

The video to accompany our feature in the most recent Coast Mountains print edition, Last Frontier Buddha, Eat, Pray, Shred has landed, and it’s a solid mix of big mountains and last frontier meditation.

Join big mountain shredders Claudia Avon, Talon Gillis, and Taylor Godber as they cross (and descend) fingers in Alaska.

“The last frontier was our final destination goal from the beginning of the season. Alaska, one of the global meccas of backcountry snowboarding. A mission of a journey along the entire way. Camping in a SnowTrekker tent on the Haines pass, snowmobiling deep into the mountains, climbing the big beautiful snowy faces, gaining knowledge through experience, and riding humbling lines that we could have only ever imagined. AK is a life experience. We can’t wait to get back.”

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Awoken by a frozen kiss once again. The crisp air bites the only flesh peering out from my down-filled cocoon as I slowly climb into consciousness. All senses and perceptions begin creeping back into reality: the wind pattering like a thousand anxious hands, hungry to penetrate the marine-grade cotton tent walls; the musty-smoke odour of burnt firewood, and the blinding bright whiteout that can only be created by ferocious winter storms. Read more