Splitboarding The Slot Couloir on Snoqualmie Mountain

March 21st, 2014 the #peakoftheweek crew decided it was great conditions to tackle The Slot Couloir on Snoqualmie Mountain. We woke up early trying to beat as much sun as we could on the skin up. The conditions could not have been better. There seemed to have been a group that toured either earlier that morning or the day prior that got tracks before us, but throughout the whole day we saw no one. It was perfect and exactly what us office warriors needed. After a day of great pow turns in the sun, we headed for the best corn dogs on this earth. They were even better after a great day of touring. Hope you enjoy.

Filming: Brian Behrens & Shawn Bishop
Editing: Brian Behrens
Music: Mungo Jerry – “In The Summertime”
Recorded with GoPro Hero 3 + Black Edition

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Lunch stop

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Looking back up

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Exit notch

Crossing the South Fork

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Splitboarding Near Rock Mountain

Last Friday, February 28th, 2014 we set out on a splitboard tour up Rock Mountain off US2 in Washington. This was a first attempt for the #magicblack #peakoftheweek crew. The tour began with some mellow switchbacks, as most tours often do. After about 3 switchbacks we began a steep accent up a ridge near the middle basin of Rock Mountain. We observed a several wet slides that had happened within the last day or so. We kept as close to tree lines as we could, trying to avoid the wide open, steep faces. I’m not quite sure what came over me, but I blazed the steepest skin track I’ve been on to date.

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With hearts beating fast and breaths deep, we reached the top. The warm snow was quickly cooled as we lost daylight and winds picked up on the ridge we just ascended on. Selfies and beers were had before we suited up for a fun decent. The snow for about the first 2,000 yards was crusty on top, hard to make turns in, but seemed very stable. Once we got back to the steep open faces, the crust layer softened and the turns got way more enjoyable.

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Overall it was a great tour. Next time we have to arrive earlier at the trailhead if we want to make it all the way to Rock Mountain… we have our eye set on you buddy 😉

Rock Mountain Tour - 02.28.2014

Skydiving with Friends for my 30th Birthday

I decided what better way to go into my 30s than jumping out of a plane. After discovering Amanda and some daredevil friends wanted to join, we possied up for some debauchery at Skydive Snohomish. Our jump on my actual day of birth was canceled due to rain/overcast, but we got to go the following week. It was a great experience, and I’d recommend it to anyone interested. I hope you enjoy the video.

Filming: Brian Behrens and the crazy sky gods at Skydive Snohomish
Editing: Brian Behrens
Music: MGMT – “Alien Days”

Recorded with GoPro Hero3 Black Editions

Surfing at Hobuck in July

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We decided to head out for a camp session at Hobuck on the Olympic Peninsula the weekend of July 26th, 2013. The waves were small and fun. They cleaned up great at specific times of the day. Sups, kayaks and surfboards were sporadic along the beach. Laughter could be heard from children playing, campfires crackling […]

Whidbey Island

I went to Whidbey Island for the Memorial Day weekend. This was my first time on Whidbey and it was quite enjoyable, even with the rain.

The weekend started out right with an epic surf day at Westport. Rob and I enjoyed beers on the rocks after our morning session. I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable on my board.

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We departed on the Mukilteo ferry late Friday evening after surfing for the day at Westport. By doing so, we avoided the huge ferry lines. Shane’s beard got some photo love with the beautiful horizon beyond.

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The ferry ride is quite short. Arriving in Whidbey Island the surrounding terminal area seems much more chill than that of the San Juan island ferries. Whidbey doesn’t seem to be as touristy as the San Juan’s or even Bainbridge.

We spent the weekend at our friend’s parents place. They recently purchased it and moved to Whidbey. The land had a horse farm among other small animals. We shot BB guns, went clamming, full dipped in the hot tub, drank many beers and cooked a lot of food.

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We also spent some time checking out Fort Casey. This was a first for me, but as I’m told, many people who grew up in Seattle took several school trips there. There are stunning views of the Puget Sound from all over Fort Casey. While enjoying the views you can hear the children screaming from the halls of the dark, abandoned Fort.

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Whidbey Island, thanks. It’s been real.

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Colombia 2013

I took a trip to Colombia (April 25th, 2013 – May 5th, 2013) with some good friends this year. We stayed at an amazing place we rented in Cartagena for the first half of the trip. For the second half we flew to San Andres island where we stayed at our friend’s family vacation home. It was a much needed taste of paradise.

Photos from the trip can be viewed on my Flickr account.

Here is a collection of footage I compiled from the trip.

Music:
Bomba EstĂ©reo – “Bailar Conmigo”
Kid Cudi – “King Wizard”
Major Lazer – “Playground”
Filmed with a Nikon Coolpix P300, iPhone 4s and a GoPro Hero 3
Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro