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Time: June /  location; Sonora Pass 

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From  right  to  left :  Gavin Rudy,  Alex hall,  Owen Dahlberg,  Me,  and  Jonah  Williams  behind  the  lens

After a long, hard day out in the backcountry, it's always nice to stop somewhere on the way back to the car and take in the view once all the controlled chaos is over for the day. This particular day was number 4 in a row, which made it one of those sessions where you're so tired that at some points you just want it to be over and be back in the comfort of home, or in our case, the van. The day started off as an absolute stunner with clear skies and, due to it being the start of June, a very pleasant 20 degrees. We made our way to the spot, but morale went downhill fast as we all felt like we were on the brink of heat stroke. Halfway through the build, rain clouds started to form, and morale went downhill. By this time, we just wanted to get our shots and leave, but of course, that's not the way it goes. Alex being Alex got his trick first, and Jonah and I were super stoked to see him get his clip, but at the same time, we knew we had a job to do as well. For some reason, when you're filming, the tricks that seem easiest in your head always end up being the hardest battle - it's crazy how that works. Maybe it's because, being an easy trick, you want it to be perfect and won't stop until it is.

Jonah and I ended up taking 2 or 3 more tries than Alex, and on our last try, I was standing at the top of the drop-in, about to go when I leaned over my poles to catch my breath and noticed that Jonah's ski was snapped. I didn't know how to react in that moment - "Do I tell him?" "What happens if he pulls the pin this far into the battle?" - so I said "Yo Jonah..." planning on telling him as I didn't want him to get hurt. Then, all of a sudden, in my head, I decided not to, and that I knew he had it this try. I then yelled out to Gavin to signal that I was ready to drop, and away I went, landing the trick, only to wait and see what would happen to Jonah. Jonah dropped in and ended up landing his trick too! That was a pretty special moment to back each other up.

Once the initial hype was over, I yelled from where we were sitting, "Oi Jonah! Look at your ski." He looked down and realized his ski was snapped and just smiled at me and said, "Thank you for not telling me." With all of us eventually getting our clips on the feature, we packed up our things and headed back to the van. On the way back, we found the perfect lookout that looked over the whole Sonora Pass, and we just sat there in the rain, freezing our nuts off, reflecting on the emotional rollercoaster of a day we all had just had.

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