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  • #574720
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts

    Anyone been there? Looks sick!

    http://www.thenorthfacejournal.com/svalbard-couloir/

    Second Highest Peak, Hornsundtind:

    :drool: :drool: :drool:

    #639342
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts

    Lets charter that cruise ship and a heli…….

    #639343
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts
    #639344
    keffler
    319 Posts

    Jonesin are you HFT? That place looks RAD! So much on this great planet to ride. This reminds me of a video that showed guys skiing down in Antarctica. So many options, so little time and money…

    #639345
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts
    #639346
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts

    I bet we could rent or buy a skiff and shred stuff like this until we get bored.

    We could live off seals and reindeer and Akvavit….

    #639347
    keffler
    319 Posts

    Maybe we can harness up a polar bear and get him to pull us. I wonder if they like beer?

    #639349
    fullers2oh
    525 Posts

    well – hmmm – really? wait i am twisting my arm…. :disco:

    ok so when did you want to pull this off? this year or next?

    i was thinking of blowing 650 on a mammoth pass but i would much rather spend my $$$ on an epic adventure. i always see those sweet TR’s from up way north and have always been interested in that zone. also as someone who lives closer to the equator and is used to split days of darkness and light, i get very excited by the idea of no to little darkness in late spring, or more time for touring!

    also – it seems there is a fair amount of splitters working norway so would be nice to meet and tour with any of them.

    with regards to flights n cost, kind of spendy but i bet the fares change. also no direct flights from LA wtf? ha ha just kidding. so then we would fly in to that zone and then just dirtbag it and camp out or would you want to stay in a hut/hostel/hotel, etc.???

    p.s. i am serious about this shit but only if it is for next year. i cant swing it this year due to a new job.

    #639348
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts

    Ha! Love it. Someones down in less than a couple hours. Definitely not this year. Probably not next either as I have a youngin on the way. I need to start working on the lady now, plant the seed, annoy, annoy, annoy, annoy then go! The main issue is time off, We’d need a minimum of two weeks to pull anything cool off. I was reading its ill advised to leave “city” limits (longyearben) due to the amount of Polar Bears around, probably have to carry a big boomstick. Also have to get the Governor of Svalbards permission? Have to find a local hardman with a sled to show us the goods or a boat captain that could take us to shredsville and pick us up after a few days…..

    Lodging:

    $
    http://www.gjestehuset102.no/rom.html

    $$$
    http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-spitsbergen
    http://www.rica-hotels.com/Hotels/Spitsbergen-Hotel/

    http://www.spitsbergentravel.com/Start/
    http://www.wildlife.no/en/special_activities/ski_expeditions

    #639341
    maniacdave
    564 Posts

    :thumbsup: Sounds good to me. Some info from wikipedia and my thoughts…

    Svalbard is the meeting place for cold polar air from the north and mild, wet sea air from the south, creating low pressure and changing weather and fast winds, particularly in winter; in January, a strong breeze is registered 17% of the time at Isfjord Radio, but only 1% of the time in July.

    High winds & no light. January is out. April or May and make it a shoulder season trip in between a season in the Rockies and a couple of months in Chile?

    In summer, particularly away from land, fog is common, with visibility under 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) registered 20% of the time in July and 1% of the time in January, at Hopen and Bjørnøya.[95] Precipitation is frequent, but falls in small quantities, typically less than 400 millimetres (16 in) in western Spitsbergen. More rain falls in the uninhabited east side, where there can be more than 1,000 millimetres (39 in).

    Head to the east side to get away from the crowds and find fresh tracks.

    Within Longyearbyen, Barentsburg and Ny-Ålesund, there are road systems, but they do not connect with each other. Off-road motorized transport is prohibited on bare ground, but snowmobiles are used extensively during winter—both for commercial and recreational activities. Transport from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg (45 km/28 mi) and Pyramiden (100 km/62 mi) is possible by snowmobile by winter, or by ship all year round. All settlements have ports and Longyearbyen has a bus system.

    Find a dude with a sled…

    Polar bears are the iconic symbol of Svalbard, and one of the main tourist attractions.[98] While protected, anyone outside of settlements is required to carry a rifle to kill polar bears in self defense, as a last resort, should they attack.[99] Svalbard and Franz Joseph Land share a common population of 3,000 polar bears, with Kong Karls Land being the most important breeding ground.

    …make sure he brings a gun.

    That was Pontus

    #639340
    SPLITRIPPIN
    709 Posts

    Better pick your crew now… you know I’m in. Just hurry up w/ all that baby making already. We’re booked out 3 years :thumpsup:

    #639350
    fullers2oh
    525 Posts

    well a few years out certianly gives us time to get it right. ok well maybe then i will have to go solo next season to get everything dialed in, boats, biles, and gunz. i have always been intrigued by the mtn boat trip. they have similar trips in iceland, which is also very spendy.

    #639351
    bones get broke
    298 Posts

    I wnt to go……….and never come back.
    Dude, I will try my damndest to bed me a hot Viking babe and set up a new bones franchise over there. That way I could stay and slay with reckless abandon and you guys can come over and visit.

    That’s my word, SON!!!!

    #639352
    wilkez
    176 Posts

    Not to take anything away from this guy, but…

    “I spentthe last seasonstraining at my home resort and around the globe evolving myself from a big mountain snowboarder into a stylish, smooth and consistent telemark skier. I want to be clear: I am and I will always be a snowboarder, deep in my heart. My trick is to climb giants, 7-8000 meter peaks, and ride them down. But I like to defy myself. Since the beginning of this gamble the goal, in my mind, was at the same time simple to imagine and difficult to achieve: to become the best telemark skier I had ever seen.Or, at least, one of the best in the rack.”

    GIving up snowboarding for TELEMARKING?!?!

    Definitely a cool place though. Make sure you guys take lots of pics when you go, we need a good TR

    #639353
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    I’ve got friends in Oslo that would be glad to host three or four dirtbags on lay overs. If I remember right he’s done research in Svalbard and could help you out with logistics as well. Let me know if your serious about next year and I’ll make some calls.

    I don’t have the funds or hall pass to do that trip the way in needs to be done.

    #639354
    twostowe
    56 Posts

    Mr. Jones and Mr. Haakonsen are up there working on what should be a pretty spectacular TR. Hopefully we will get to see some of the B roll between now
    and the “Further” release.

    #639355
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts

    ^ Its not fair! :banghead:

    Looking forward to the footy. :thumbsup:

    #639356
    SPLITRIPPIN
    709 Posts

    No worries… HFT.. you keep knockin’ out dem babeeeeez, and we’ll be there in a couple years. Crew is 3… we need one more.

    We just need to get there before the damn footy comes out….

    #639357
    twostowe
    56 Posts

    I’ve been there once, but not to split. Would love to fix that…..

    #639358
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts
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