I got my own firsthand appreciation of native American lands and their massiveness while traveling with my family two summers ago through
Arizona and Utah. It’s a cliché but it is true– it is way too vast to take in with the human eye. We happened to be traveling during the warmer months but three legendary snowboard masters decided to experience similar hallowed ground via a humanpowered splitboard trek through
the Yellowstone wilderness. Bryan Iguchi, Jeremy Jones and Travis Rice’s mission was simple: A ten-day trek deep into the mountains of Wyoming in search of groundbreaking first descents in the most remote region of the lower-48. Thankfully for the rest of us schlubs, they decided to make a film cataloguing their adventure. Who better than to put that together than Teton Gravity Research (TGR), the global leader in action and adventure lifestyle media?
“The film is titled ‘ROADLESS’ and it began with a conversation over dinner a few years ago,” Iguchi said. “We set out with no lofty goals or exact route, allowing us a chance to enjoy the excitement of discovery and figuring things out along the way. We covered a lot of ground wandering the wilderness, found some good riding, and had quality time for conversation and reflection. It was a unique experience, and I feel like it’s pretty rare when your imagination and reality line up so clearly.”
“ROADLESS is one of the wildest missions we’ve ever embarked on, with three of the most iconic snowboarders in the world,” said TGR producer and co-founder Steve Jones. “The terrain is mind-boggling, and the candid insights of these athletes are truly unique.” I would agree 100% with that assessment. I was lucky enough to attend the screening of this film in New York City, (see pic) a place completely opposite in terms of environs to where these three legendary pros trekked. Their arduous journey through this seemingly endless winterscape not only yielded worldclass riding but allowed these three to reflect on their shared past and love of snowboarding in one of America’s last remaining wild places. All three professional snowboarders, Bryan, Travis, and Jeremy skinned and rode dozens of never-before-seen lines across nearly 600,000 acres of protected land within the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
“Six years ago, I went on a camping trip with Bryan Iguchi. We got to a high peak and looked out at a sea of mountains that seemed to stretch to infinity,” Jones said. “He explained how it was the biggest wilderness area in the Lower 48 and wanted to do a traverse in it. Since then I ‘couldn’t get it out of my head, and every time I saw him, we would talk about it. Finally, the stars aligned, and we made it happen.”
The promo quote for Roadless’s press release sums it up best,
“THERE ARE THOSE WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND THOSE WHO CANNOT.”
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