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posted by in soul sisters on Jul 15, 2015 .

How I got introduced to the Soul Poles family.

 

P: Sam Watson

Somehow, on my way to Taos New Mexico, for the first competition of the season, I lost my poles. But they weren’t really my poles, they were a bent pair of poles that I had “borrowed” from my mom. So they were pretty old and not actually the correct size. I ended up using a pair of Soul Poles from Andrew Rumph.

I used his poles all weekend, and since I continued to travel the rest of the winter (never really having a chance to get my own poles), Andrew’s Soul Poles, sorta became my Soul Poles. I adjusted the straps for my hands, became familiar...

After 5 down days with some aggressive standby and one false alarm, the weather seemed to be turning from dark and stormy to blue bird and calm. The dawn patrol film crew from Stellar Media, led by veteran photographer Will Wissman, were first in the field with the likes of Tanner Hall and Todd Ligare. Tanner and Todd chose a zone called Caffeine Ridge as their mission that morning, little did we know we would be following them in after a run or two of filming. 

The excitement was palpable and our group was geared up and ready to be first in the field post film crew. We drove from town up the two lane highway that parallels the...

Even when all the forces align and the conditions appaer to be perfect, the conditions really aren't perfect. Especially in big mountain terrain. There are too many variables, too many terrain features, too many temperature changes, and too many layers to the equation. The inconvenient truth is that it's a science of educated guessing, and as the weather becomes more unpredictable so does the snow. On our first day in the field above the Chilkat River the conditions were far from perfect. Debris piles were stacked up everywhere the eye could see, the mountains were alive and active, and we had no choice but to take it very easy on low...

posted by in soul brothers, soul sisters on Jun 28, 2015 .

Outside of Juneau, Alaska lies a sleepy town where the Chilkat River enters the Pacific. Life moves slowly there, the inhabitants are tuned into their day to day lives and exude a friendliness that is simple and honest. It's not overbearing, it's just there. They seem happy. They open their bars, their restaurants, their yoga studios, and even their homes to us vagabonds that show up for only a few weeks a year in a quest to find that one special moment where time slows down to a near stand still, and everything makes sense. Many of us plan a year or two in advance hoping that the week we choose brings conditions we've seen in all the...

posted by in reviews, soul brothers on Jun 28, 2015 .

Oddly, heli skiing feels a lot like downhill racing. Long days of waiting for weather to clear, the good 'ole hurry up and wait firedrill that keeps us alert. All the while trying to conserve energy while combatting an overwhelming feeling of excitement and anticitpation for the risk and reward that lies ahead. Inevitably if you schedule a downhill weather will present itself, and the same rule applies for heli skiing.

After waiting it out for 6 days of rain, snow, sleet, and late nights at the Fort Seward Lodge, a group of retired downhill skiers, including the likes Olympic downhiller Reggie Crist and 2-time National...

posted by in on Jun 18, 2015 .

Merchants of Doubt is a must see for any climate change believer or doubter.  

For decades it was believed that smoking did NOT cause cancer, heart disease, or any major health problems. Tobacco companies spent millions of marketing dollars lobbying against the idea that smoking caused these health problems. And they used a very simple strategy to do this, they used the power of DOUBT. Merchants of Doubt unveils the uncanny similarities between marketing tactics of Tobacco companies and the current tactics of Fossil Fuel companies spreading doubt around Climate Change. If you care to know the facts, get the real data, and better...

posted by in soul brothers on May 26, 2015 .

When Andrew Rumph first stepped foot in Soul Poles' headquarters in Park City, Utah he didn't seem like the normal freeskier type. Andrew is soft spoken, humble, respectfull, and has an obvious souful vibe about him. We liked him right away but what really impressed us was his positive outlook on just missing qualifying for the Freeride World Tour. Heading into the last event of the Freeride World Qualifier series Andrew seemed to have his spot locked down after a win in Crested Butte. All Andrew needed was a top 10 finish at the final stop at Kicking Horse where his fellow Soul Poles teammate Martin Lentz took the win. Unfortunatley...

posted by in reviews, soul brothers on May 26, 2015 .

Martin Lentz  has thrown down a killer season and qualified for the World Freeride Tour. But what makes Martin truly special are his abilities to ski faster, go bigger, and find new ways to entertain his fans and test the strength of our bamboo ski poles. See for yourself on this Spring Line! 

 

Line of the Spring... almost from Martin Lentz on Vimeo.