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The North Face and Sherpa Cinema present Tsirku. Ralph Backstrom and crew venture out onto the Tsirku Galcier with the hopes of riding Corrugated.

One last thing stood in between the athletes and the face of Corrugated; mammoth cornices were blocking their access. Led by Mountain Guide Sam Anthamatten, the team works together to find their way onto the spine wall.-The North Face



Colin Balke is a content editor for who lives in Northern California. When not plucking away on a keyboard, he can be found splitboarding, camping, backpacking, or hanging out with family and friends.


  • HansGLudwig says:

    This was a pretty cool series. Those aerials from the first installment were super aesthetic. I definitely enjoyed it.

    Was it established why they needed to take sleds out there? Like, I understand it’s ‘beyond the heli boundaries’ but was Drake unavailable? I just figure when you’re in Jones’ skintrack why reinvent the wheel. Or is the cost/risk of a handful of plane shuttles greater than than renting sleds? Or did they just need a different plot?

    And I love Ralph. Smooth rider with alotta balls. His voice, his narrations. Like I get it. He sounds so down to earth. But that ‘stache tho. . .

    • Cbalke says:

      @HansGludwig it sounds like Corrugated is just over the border in BC and you can’t land a plane there. I was told you can land a bit away and then you have about a one day approach. There were some splitters who wanted to do it two years ago but they couldn’t land due to the weather. They ended up opting for a plan B.