- 1 After Competing at Dirksen Derby for my first time on a splitboard it was time to redeem myself.
- 2 2014 Double Agent and 390's ready to go.
- 3 Touring Mode.
- 4 The beginning of the split mission on the Notch road.
- 5 This is the Long Trail, trail head.
- 6 #pizzasnake. If you don't know, its time you found out.
- 7 Tips and tails.
- 8 mid-split up the trail. Took about half the trip to finally get the hang of skins and the balance control.
- 9 looking down the Long Trail 3/4 of the way to the Taft Lodge.
- 10 Full set-up when we finally made it to the Lodge.
- 11 Self explanatory.
- 12 This is the inside of the lodge. Open to anyone who dares take on the bitter cold nights.
- 13 Looking the other direction you can see the gear of some other splitters who were staying the night and took a night mission the evening prior with headlamps.
- 14 Thanks to Hydroflask out of Bend, Oregon, we had piping hot corn Chowder for lunch.
- 15 Some homies from my home state had their brew hit the Green Mountain State. Check out Base Camp's In-Tents IPL. The perfect celebratory brew for the summit.
- 16 Gotta sign that visitor book. #pizzasnake
- 17 Kate and I about to hit the Hell Brook Trail and get some freshies.
- 18 Mid-trail near the top of Mt. Mansfield.
- 19 Back together and ready for a long awaited and earned run down.
- 20 A view of Stowe and fresh untouched fluff. It was completely worth it.
As Presidents Day Weekend hit the east coast, swarms of weekend warriors caravanned their way to Vermont for an ultimate out-of-towner invasion. Car loads of visitors trying to search out the little bit of powder scraps left over from our last Nor’easter made their way to resorts throughout the area. Not one local plate could be found in the Stowe lot – there was nothing but out-of-state plates from every area of the North East and beyond. With lift lines setting new mountain records I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give our 2014 Double Agent 158 and 390 bindings a heavy dose of product testing.
With an Insurgent bag packed with lunch, a set of trekking poles, and a newly mounted splitboard, my roommate and I hit the Long Trail for a skin session up to Taft Lodge. A rustic cabin near the summit of Mt. Mansfield with views of the North East Kingdom and pow lines in hidden gullies that break through dense tree growth. After a 2.5 hour upward battle we had lunch at the Lodge and quickly broke trail for a zone known as Hell Brook.
Away from the crowds and with nothing but untouched lines downward, all we had to do now was switch from touring mode, rip off some skins, and send it back down with a complete board underneath our feet. In all, it was a solid sidecountry mission in the backwoods of Vermont with an unbelievable set-up. The Double Agent is an easy to handle board that still lets you ride switch with no problems in pow. Keep your eyes peeled for the 158 next season and remember when the lines get too long, sometimes you need to earn your turns.
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