Forums Splitboard Talk Forum Treepilot Gone…but not forgotten
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  • #675391
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Got the news yesterday from Swanny. My Heart stopped. Wade was careful, Wade knew what lurks beneath. Great Guy, sorry to hear He is no longer here. He will be greatly missed.

    Great Organizer who put together one hell of an event. I can easily say without Wade I would have never saw Rogers Pass

    Rest in Peace

    #675392
    samh
    726 Posts

    I have met very few people who get after it in the mountains as much as Treepilot did. His dedication to his personal splitboarding followed by his dedication to expanding the sport in Western Canada and beyond was commendable.


    Grand Teton National Park, February 2011

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    samh.net

    #675393
    uriedog
    113 Posts

    Rest in Peace buddy

    #675394
    tiltedworld
    406 Posts

    Godspeed, fellow splitter… My thoughts and prayers to his young family.

    #675395
    lernr
    234 Posts

    RIP Treepilot

    I feel for all his family and friends
    Ivo

    #675396
    peacefrog
    376 Posts

    RIP treepilot. A reminder for us all that “there but for the grace of god go I”

    #675397
    nomad
    288 Posts

    Rest in Peace, Wade.

    Wade met up with me at Kootenay Pass back in 2008/9, kindly volunteered a place to stay nearby, and bought me dinner to boot! He was a truly generous guy. The next time I see you, buddy, we’ll both be riding endless powder lines and I’ll get you back for a good meal and frosty brew. Thanks for contributing to the splitboard community all these years…

    Condolences to your family and community,
    Patrick

    #675398
    sdmarkus
    407 Posts

    So sad, such shocking news. I only knew Wade through the forum, but like many of you felt a bond through his beautiful images and inspiring words.

    Thoughts and prayers out to his family and friends…RIP Treepilot!

    #675399
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Should we start up a memorial fund? Wade had two kids, and Im sure they could use some help. We can get in contact with the Canadian Avalanche Association to find out where we can send it.

    I will also see if I can find something already going

    #675400
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    If anyone knows the family, please pass along information on the Ian Fund.

    ianfund.org is a resource for the families of avalanche victims. “All donations help benefit children and families who have lost loved ones in avalanche tragedies.”

    This goes for anyone else who might be in the same situation.

    Also, please feel free to donate to the fund. This organization was started by some of the families of the victims of the Sheep Creek avalanche accident.

    #675401
    wjb
    163 Posts
    #675402
    HikeforTurns
    1114 Posts

    RIP treepliot. 🙁

    #675403
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    whoa not what I was expecting to read today. Huge loss, positive to family and friends. Thanks for all the stoke over the years Treepilot! rest in power.

    #675404
    sketchyT
    280 Posts

    I met Wade at the first Mt. Baker Splitfest and we talked till 3:00 in the morning about how to set up a Splitfest. I had a couple of contacts with him afterwards but I really felt like we redefined the meaning of a Splitfest that night. He went on to create the Chunnuck Splitfest and it was a huge success. So much so that the Mt. Baker Splitfest had to step up its game to try and keep pace, it was a friendly rivalry.

    The Splitboard community lost a good friend when Treepilot passed. His impact on the sport will not be forgotten.

    In heaven it’s always powder day so Treepilot is in the white room forever.

    #675405
    russman
    692 Posts

    This news is hitting me super hard….

    Wade marks the 8th person in 2 years that I have personally known to lose their life to an avalanche. Something about losing Tree Pilot just brings an incredible amount of saddness….

    I remember talking with him about his mission to do fifty 5,000 foot days in a season, and that he was closing in and only a few days away from the goal. He had an amazingly warm, and soft spirit.

    Words can’t describe how much this sucks…

    #675406
    Matt a.d.
    35 Posts

    @russman wrote:

    I remember talking with him about his mission to do fifty 5,000 foot days in a season, and that he was closing in and only a few days away from the goal. He had an amazingly warm, and soft spirit.

    Oh man, I remember when he was doing that. We would get back from some tour and he’d be 150 ft. short of his daily “quota” and so be doing laps on the banks in the parking lots while the rest of us watched and laughed. He made it though, and really changed how we all thought about what a “good day” was in the mountains. 5000 ft. is now the measuring stick for most of us I think. Anything less is just sort of being lazy, lol.

    That said, Wade went on to do much bigger days than that – topping 10,000, 11,000, … 15,000 ft. Greg Hill’s million feet in a season really inspired Wade to push his own boundaries. He eventually went on to ride with Greg a few times during Greg’s 2 million foot year, and even got him to give a presentation at splitfest about it. In fact, I’m pretty sure Greg rode Video peak on a splitboard that day.

    Even once he got over trying to one up himself all the time, he still always seemed to have another gear. He’d have 6 days in while the rest of us would have 30 and he’d still be the one pushing us.

    Funny though, the thing I remember most vividly about Wade is how he used to bathe himself in the sauna on hut trips. We’d all be in there drinking a beer and sweating out a long day, and he’d come in in his underwear and start dumping water all over himself by the firelight… hair draped halfway down his back. Then he’d laugh and look all confused when we all quickly filed out of there. Haha, that was Wade.

    Then there was the time he had to duck into a cave 3/4 of the way up a 45-degree couloir to “lighten the load.” We called it the “poop chute” after that.

    We were leaving for a week-long trip to Boulder hut March 2nd and then to Chamonix for two weeks on March 19th. It’s going to be hard to go without him, but it’s what he would have wanted. I’m sad that he’s gone, but I’m glad to have known him. He was a good friend.

    #675407
    snownskate
    140 Posts

    damn, huge loss for our community. I never had the privilege of meeting treepilot, but always got excited when I saw a new trip report from him. I pictured him as a beast of a guy who could break a pair of bindings just by looking at them, and skin up 2k ft. of vert in 2 strides. His massive vert days are forever inspiring to me…RIP treepilot

    #675408
    Shift
    95 Posts

    @Matt a.d. wrote:

    @russman wrote:

    I remember talking with him about his mission to do fifty 5,000 foot days in a season, and that he was closing in and only a few days away from the goal. He had an amazingly warm, and soft spirit.

    Oh man, I remember when he was doing that. We would get back from some tour and he’d be 150 ft. short of his daily “quota” and so be doing laps on the banks in the parking lots while the rest of us watched and laughed. He made it though, and really changed how we all thought about what a “good day” was in the mountains. 5000 ft. is now the measuring stick for most of us I think. Anything less is just sort of being lazy, lol.

    That said, Wade went on to do much bigger days than that – topping 10,000, 11,000, … 15,000 ft. Greg Hill’s million feet in a season really inspired Wade to push his own boundaries. He eventually went on to ride with Greg a few times during Greg’s 2 million foot year, and even got him to give a presentation at splitfest about it. In fact, I’m pretty sure Greg rode Video peak on a splitboard that day.

    Even once he got over trying to one up himself all the time, he still always seemed to have another gear. He’d have 6 days in while the rest of us would have 30 and he’d still be the one pushing us.

    Funny though, the thing I remember most vividly about Wade is how he used to bathe himself in the sauna on hut trips. We’d all be in there drinking a beer and sweating out a long day, and he’d come in in his underwear and start dumping water all over himself by the firelight… hair draped halfway down his back. Then he’d laugh and look all confused when we all quickly filed out of there. Haha, that was Wade.

    Then there was the time he had to duck into a cave 3/4 of the way up a 45-degree couloir to “lighten the load.” We called it the “poop chute” after that.

    We were leaving for a week-long trip to Boulder hut March 2nd and then to Chamonix for two weeks on March 19th. It’s going to be hard to go without him, but it’s what he would have wanted. I’m sad that he’s gone, but I’m glad to have known him. He was a good friend.

    What a great write up and fitting tribute.

    #675409
    UPGRAYEDD_2505
    127 Posts

    Amazing write up Matt a.d. So sorry for your loss. RIP Wade. Condolences to his his family & all his friends.

    #675410
    russman
    692 Posts

    Does anybody know Wade’s family? I’ve been talking with Elizabeth at the IAN FUND, and we want to get in touch with his wife in order to do some fund raising for Wade’s daughters.

    If anybody has those contacts, can you PM me?

    Here is the website for IAN:

    http://www.ianfund.org/

    The fund was started by Elizabeth after her husband Ian passed away in the Loveland Pass slide last spring. The foundation is focused on raising money for the children and families of avalanche victims.

    Thanks everyone…

    I think the loss of TreePilot is going to take a long time to set in…

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