|A film edited by Jake Price from Bryan, Austin, and Bob´s iPhone footage, because the filmer got sick last minute. In all reality this is a more interesting raw look at what a random snowboard trip to the Himalayas looks like - its the journey that matters! Just a couple of boarders with their Quiver going on an adventure!
Words By Austin Smith:
The trip was supposed to be about the world's highest chairlift in India, but after our first trip to the top a guy died in an avalanche on our way down. One was enough for us and we scrambled and went to Nepal. For us, India was loud, busy, chaotic, smelly, overwhelming and hectic and stepping into Nepal was serene. Even with Kathmandu being a city with over one million people things felt simpler and slower. Everyone greets you by saying "Namaste," making you feel like you're in one big yoga class.Probably like you, I've never thought about going on a snowboard trip to the Himalayas—or more specifically—to Annapurna Base Camp. In 2014, Bryan, Curtis and I read a book to each other about Annapurna and it did not sound like a place you would want to snowboard. It is the deadliest mountain in the world. 1 out of 3 people that try to climb it die and it is the 10th highest mountain in the world at 26,545 feet.After the avalanche we knew we wanted to leave but we didn't know where or how. We were connected to a guide named Luke Smithwick and he said if we could make it to Polkhara, Nepal in 3 days he had could take us to Annapurna Base Camp. It sounded far-fetched and we felt very unprepared for "basecamp" but Bob's ears perked up when he heard Nepal. I told Luke that we had no camping equipment, hardly any warm clothes beyond our outerwear and no interest in hiking up or snowboarding down anything Jeremy Jones-esque. He told us not to worry about it, he could work out details and logistics if we could show up.