AK Deeper: Mt McConkey by Jeremy Jones
This story by Jeremy Jones is curtosy of our sister site, Snowboard Magazine. Special thanks to Jeremy and Snowboard mag for sharing.
Words/Photos: Jeremy Jones
I have never been one to name first descents but now that I am hiking and riding these unnamed and unclimbed peaks I have started to name the special ones. Since Shaneâ€™s death I have been looking for one for him. We moved camp to a new zone that is a series of 6 peaks that range from mellow to mega gnar with easy access. This zone is the perfect spot I have seen for plane access riding and it is only twenty minutes from town. The biggest and baddest peak I decided to name after Shane.
3,000 vertical drop peak to tent. This is one of the biggest ripable mountains I have ever seen. . We booted the lookers right chute and once on top the options were endless. There are big spines, wide open faces, huge chutes, hidden bowls and a nice looking ski base off the back side.
The world knew Shane McConkey as a world-class skier and BASE jumper but our friendship had nothing to do with that. It was based around family and friends. What he did in the mountains was impressive but his greatest achievement was his love and support he provided for his family and friends.
Scott Newsome 3/4 of the way up Mconkey’s feeling small. He joined us for the last part of the trip. He is the first snowboarder to complete the Canadian Avalanche Guide Course on his split board. He was an awesome addition to the crew. If you ever need a guide for BC look him up at www.newsomesnow.com
Travis Rice thirty turns into his biggest line of the trip.
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