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YoBETA: Chile with Nate Johnstone

Full-grown adult from Nate Johnstone hails from Newport, Australia, where he goes home to care for his own unit (that’s Aussie-english for home), beautiful wife and cuddly kitty. He can afford to ball-out cause his parents taught him right, and has big-time sponsors because he ain’t afraid to COMPETE. Nathan is also known for his big mountain badassery. He joined the SOFT IMPACT party in Chile, we tapped him for some first-person tips for eating, drinking and more. 

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Nils and Nate in Chile

Nils Arvidsson and Nate double team Chile. Photo: Jerome Tanon

What was your favorite thing to drink?

Favourite drink from Chile would probably be the Chilean red wine or Pisco sour. Both too damn good to choose from.

Best food you ate? Grossest thing on the menu you definitely didn’t order?

Best food would of had to be the open fire lamb cooking over hot coals for hours. I don’t think I’ve had better meat than I had in Chile. I honestly don’t think I ate in anything that was bad down there.

Best technique for hooking up with a sexy member of the same or opposite sex?

I’m married, so my game is long gone haha

Most useful second language?

If I could speak a second language I’d probably learn Spanish. Pretty widely used and it’s nice to listen to.

Best place to stay?

Hotel Alaia at Punta de Lobos was probably one of my favourite places to stay on my trip to Chile. The place had everything going for it.

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Piscouloir – DCP in Chile

The legendary DCP in Chile while filming for the new Wild Cats film “Never Die”

Discover Chile with Jake Blauvelt

Arbor Video Log: Chile with Bryan Iguchi and Mark Carter

Bryan Iguchi and Mark Carter travel to the Andes Mountains to embark on a Chilean adventure by chairlift, split board, snowmobile, and helicopter. Along the way, the two Jackson Hole riders immerse themselves in the local culture, meet up with local snowboard legends, skate a frozen mini ramp, ride enormous backcountry lines, and find themselves in the intersection between corporate interests and the preservation of the Chilean wilderness.

For more information on Bryan and Mark’s trip, visit: arborcollective.com/snowboards/videolog-chile/

Chile Con Pollo 7

Aside from that whole 8.3 earthquake thing, Chile is having one of the best seasons on record. Don’t worry though, Stark and crew avoided the desire to just slash pow in order to just bring you the freestyle stunting action you so desire.

riders: Mike Rav, Blake Paul, Max Warbington, Gus Warbington and Parker Szumowski.

Yobeat’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Shredding: Chile

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The season is Chile is underway and if you’re after culture and powder, you should probably get your ass down there. If you’re brave, use this guide and do it on your own, or if you’re smart, hit up Steep and Deep Powder Tours, the purveyor of which, Ian Gil, is about to give you the details.

The Three Valleys - Santa Teresa

The Three Valleys: La Parva, El Colorado, Valle Nevado

Live: Farellones, Santiago

Work: Spanish is a must. If you’re looking for work probably the best place to start would be at the mountain. From there you’d have to look at some of the local hotels/lodges and if that fails there’s always Santiago.

Park: If you’re into park this is by far the best region to chill at. All three mountains have parks with El Colorado claiming king. But watch out for La Parva’s new park opening up this season, park designer Pepe Martinez is claiming big things for this season!!

Party: There’s always a Brazilian party going on at Valle Nevado! Your other options are the two bars located in Farellones or get in with the locals and hit up a house party.

Terrain: All three resorts are a little bit different. With La Parva having the best backcountry, El Colorado has the best park and Valle Nevado a combo of the two.

Local knowledge: If you’ve got your avalanche gear and a guide Santa Teresa is one of the best runs on the planet. But beware many have fallen on this epic backcountry run…

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Nevados De Chillán

Live: Las Trancas

Work: As Always start with the mountain and work your way down the road through the town of Las Trancas. The town is small but has several hotels, lodges and restaurants. No Spanish equals no job-o as well-o here-o.

Park: Although they do have a “park” we’d rather say the entire mountain is one big park. There’s a couple small rails, boxes and small jumps…in our opinion don’t waste your time and go enjoy the natural park that is the mountain.

Party: Las Trancas has a couple different bars to party at with the most historical one being the Snow Pub. If you get in with the locals enjoy a local “asado” or as gringos call it amazing BBQ party.

Terrain: In our opinion this mountain has the best terrain of all the resorts in Chile. So vast it would take us a month to show you all the goods.

Local knowledge: Pirigallo is one of the easiest and most accessible sidecountry runs Nevados has to offer. Beware though as it often avalanches and that’s one deadly ride you don’t want to take to the bottom.

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Pucón

Live: Pucón

Work: Probably the easiest of all the zones to get a job in. The town of Pucón has plenty of restaurants, hotels, hostels, and just about everything.

Park: A little bit better than Nevados de Chillán the park is full of small fun features with Lake Villarica as an amazing backdrop.

Party: Pucón has a ton of bars and even a couple clubs. Mamas y Tapas is a local favorite, has been around forever and even has awesome food to eat.

Terrain: The one thing Pucón lacks is its terrain on the actual resort. If you’re willing to hike there are a ton of backcountry spots where you can build as big a jump as your little heart desires.

Local knowledge:
If you have the guts and want the glory there’s the 4-5 hour hike to the top of the active volcano. Make sure you have a local or a guide with you, as the last thing you want to do is end up frozen and dead in a crevasse.

Volcom Avalanche Chinese Downhill

Chinese downhills are awesome. Watching 4-minute long videos about them may be a little excessive, but we definitely recommend watching this one starting at :50 and ending whenever you get bored.

On a tremendous sunny day the sixth version of the classic Volcom Avalanche was held. This year the number of entries exceeded more than 300 riders, which is a new record for this classic race in El Colorado ski resort.

With speeds reaching more than 100km/h, starting at the top of the mountain and finishing at Farellones, the clear winner for the second year running was the Frenchman Joel Certano. He won 1000 usd prize money. Antonia Yanez won the women’s category.

Get Steep ‘n Deep in Chile

Want to snowboard in the summer but hate park rails? Then head on down to Chile and let Ian Gil be your guide.

Viva Chile!! Experience the beauty that lies within Chile and its mountains. Just a teaser of what a tour with STEEP-N-DEEP South American Powder Tours is all about. Filmed at several different locations including Santiago, Nevados de Chillan, El Colorado, Valle Nevado, La Parva and Antuco.

For more info visit SNDTours.com

Hot Today, Chile Tomorrow

No, it’s not a climate change joke. It’s Blake Paul, Alex Yoder, Gray Thompson, Jason Robinson, and Sammy Luebke’s trip to Chile for the making of Of Life And Love.

Video: Colton Feldman

Spring Break Snowboards’ Chile Trip

Spring Break Snowboards wrapped up an epic Chilean adventure and there are lots of pictures over on the COMUNE site for your to live vicariously through. Click on over and check em all out.

Win a Chance to Ride Mucho Pow with Nikki Fresh

Buenos días! Agarra tu snowboard y tengamos una fiesta de “Mucho Powder” con Evolve Chile para libre! Use your Spanish Translator and come to Evolve Chile with me!

Espero verte este verano en Las Montañas de Andes!

Get all the details to enter at www.evolvechile.com

Travis Parker’s Hump Day American Survival Story

Doing it right in Chile. Photo courtesy K2 Snowboarding

In snowboarding, the name Travis Parker has become synonymous with the word awesome and laid out back flips. The man helped to start a revolution in snowboarding — a regression towards having fun riding with your friends and not taking it too seriously, or so it appeared. Having only known Travis for a couple of years, and only gotten to know him a little bit more on a recent trip, I don’t think I could properly do justice describing him. Anybody reading this who knows him personally knows exactly what I am trying to say here. He is smart, crazy, creative, a phenomenal story teller and has an uncanny ability to leave you laughing hysterically or completely speechless. Travis is not like anybody else. He stepped away from snowboarding at what many consider to be the summit of his career, and has returned on his own terms — this time with much more sleep at night.

What have you been up to the last couple years?

I’ve been working at the Boys and Girls club and at Heavenly as a ski instructor. I work with beginners mainly and sometimes I work with advanced and intermediates. Basically I go and teach them the basics. I’m level one certified from PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America). I think it’s a good organization, they give you the tools to speak the language. It’s like going to McDonald’s and getting a Big Mac in Tokyo, it’s the same as a Big Mac in Dallas. They break it down to where anyone can understand it, using words that are not slang. As a pro snowboarder I was in the scene where everyone was like, “blah blah blah,” it’s like our own language. Getting PSIA certified was really good because I put my mind in the mind of a beginner. I love it, I think it’s really cool.

Kids must freak when they get Travis Parker a their instructor.

A lot of them don’t know or don’t care. They’re just beginners, I have my uniform and helmet on and I look exactly like the guy standing next to me.

Why become an instructor?

I feel like I got myself in a position as a pro snowboarder, where I lost the value of a dollar. I lost sight of everyday respect. I was pampered and I demanded so much, and got it because I put myself in crazy positions flipping all over the place. I really cared about the actual skill I was working on and I wanted to be paid a dollar amount on that skill. I worked hard for it and then I got burnt out. I wanted to put myself in a situation where I could humble myself and offer a service. Teaching beginners is really good because I get a fresh perspective of someone who really just wants to go down the hill and understand how to operate the board. I wanted to share all the great things that I have gained from snowboarding.

At what point in your career did you get burnt out?

I got crazy as fuck. I was dating this woman, and I was trying to make sure that everything was great and also make everything really great with my snowboard life. I was demanding a lot of money. I don’t even know what the hell… I’m really trying to break it down and figure out what it was. At the time, my best friend Jesse wanted to start a business, Airblaster. I was living with my girlfriend and I was doing tons of things, trying to be the best snowboarder that I could be and attempting to be Mr. Awesome at the same time. In my eyes it was [about] doing the best I could do with all these movies, and making sure everyone was happy. I just got to the point where, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, I just collapsed. I collapsed and I didn’t enjoy it anymore. I was surrounded by all these dudes who were just like, “let’s go do this… let’s go be awesome”. And I just didn’t want to be around a bunch of dudes anymore who just wanted to be awesome.

If the girl is who I think you’re talking about, I had her fake ID when I was 18.

[Laughs]. No you didn’t! Oh she’s a sweetheart.

Yep, she gave it to me. She rules. How did you and Jesse Grandkoski become friends?

When I moved to Whitefish, Montana I was fourteen. It was kind of an odd time to jump into a whole new group of friends, because I was developing. It’s trippy, I didn’t know what the fuck… People wanted to fight me, people wanted to be my friend, I was dating different girls here and there. I’ve dated a lot of girls… and then I was really shy at the same time. We did the Sadie Hawkins. Do you know what that is?

Yes, it’s a dance.

Yes, where the girls ask the guys. Heather Glee asked me, she was a beautiful gal. Jesse and I paired up and went to Sadie Hawkins. I liked to dance, he liked to dance, all the girls liked to dance. He was really intelligent and really good at his books, he took time at everything he did.

Top of the world. Photo courtesy K2 Snowboarding

He seems like a very smart guy.

His mom was a social worker and was really generous with food, a place to stay and was always really nice and welcoming. I just felt like I was part of the family.

What about your family?

I grew up with a single mom and I have one older brother. He was watching our house in Texas — he was not an adult, taking care of a house. He didn’t like Montana because he broke his arm snowboarding and got made fun of because of his long hair. So it was just my mom and me. My mom worked at the ski resort, in the kitchen. She made food for all the skiers and rode up the lift every day. She made very little money. There were points where I had to help with the bills at a very young age. I worked at the golf course as a bag boy, parked carts and picked up balls. I thought it was unfair at the time, but when I look back I think, fuck yeah, I’m glad I did that. It was a lesson.

Do you think you would have pursued snowboarding if your mom hadn’t worked at the local ski area?

Oh no, I owe it all to her. The risks she took were amazing. I know there wasn’t a lot of communication, and my Dad had a lot of resentment when my mom up and left. He was going through his own shit, but was really upset his wife just up and took his kids away. Two teenage boys, developing…

Do you see him now?

Oh fuck yeah, my dad is awesome. A big father figure in my life was my uncle Carlos. He was a really, really good man. He used to work for a bunch of troubled guys and gals. That guy is so cool, an amazing outdoorsman, raft guide, skier, telemarker, snowboarder, business owner, father, and husband. He invited me once on this bike trip with all these troubled teen girls. Probably about 15 or 20 [girls], and we just rode bikes with them through Banff on a 150-mile camping trip.

Is he a major influence for your involvement in the Boys and Girls club?

Yeah he was a big part. I don’t know what it is about adults and teens, we just keep our distance from teens. Something about my uncle was just like, play with your kids, have fun with your kids.

What do you do there on a daily basis?

Every time I go in there I am bombarded by teenage boys saying, let’s go for a bike ride!

Do they know you’re a pro snowboarder?

They do and they don’t. Some of them do, but they don’t really care and I don’t make a big deal about it. The main thing is, I go in there and bring my toolbox and I help them fix their bikes. There is always something wrong with the bikes. Then we go on a ride or go to the beach and jump in the water, they love to ride their bikes to the beach and jump off the docks. I think it’s fucking awesome. I work for the Boys and Girls Club and I hope I don’t get in trouble for letting boys swim in their fucking boxer shorts.

If you got a boner you might.

Fuck no. Fuck no, goddamn.

Soul carves of death. Photo courtesy K2 Snowboarding

It sounds like you’ve had a lot of change in the last few years?

It’s a different type of life. I can live my life making not much money, but I want to be my absolute best.

What were the Robot Food days like? Those videos will go down as some of the best snowboard videos of all time.

It was really awesome and really stressful in a lot of ways. I had a lot at my fingertips. I could be very creative and had a lot of support financially. I felt like I could make moves you know, in the world and in snowboarding. I had an opportunity so I took it and had fun with it. I did my bit of expression to the world in one way or another, whatever it was- fun, crazy and in a way sometimes a little bit rebellious.

Was it all good times, like it looked like on the screen?

Yes and no. A lot of times I was really struggling and I didn’t understand why. I had a lot of anxiety and paranoia, just weird paranoia, paranoia I had to be medicated for.

About what?

Aliens were in my ipod, motherfucker, aliens are communicating through this ipod, you know because they make those weird clicky noises and shit? I’d listen to music and think it related to my life in one way or another. [Laughing].

Isn’t that how everyone listens to music?

I suppose.

Maybe you just have a vivid imagination.

I do, and I did. I’ve learned how to harness it and not let it effect me anymore. A lot of it was stress from trying to please my sponsors. I was getting paid a lot of money and I felt like I couldn’t let myself relax because I had to keep doing stuff for them. It stressed the shit out of me. Plus all the bullshit on the radio all the time — the politics and shit. Mainly I was going through a point in my life where I was very confused, very scared and had a lot of anxiety. I couldn’t sleep, I got all fucked up.

How do you sleep now?

I sleep great.

Ok, so back to Airblaster, how did that come about?

Well, I had money, success and popularity in a sport. I had pictures in magazines, I had this little bit of success. I bought a house, had a girlfriend I was living with, and I had these long-term visions [of] raising a family. I have this vision with every woman I’ve ever been with and that was not the reality. I was so used to fulfilling my dreams in so many ways, that I was just hung up on making it happen, because I made everything else happen. Airblaster is the one memory that sticks out more than anything else. I was sitting on some stairs with Jesse, he wanted to start a company and I had money. We looked in each other’s eyes and said, we can do this, we can make it happen. He’s an intelligent man. I had money I’ve bought a house with, helped my mom with and put my brother through college with and yeah sure, I’ll invest in a company that is awesome and I believe in while I still have some gusto left.

Airblaster is one of the only companies out there saying you don’t need to go huge, just ride with your friends.

Yeah it’s huge. I came from Texas and that is a big part of who I am. Texas is pretty damn cool, I don’t know what it is about Texas. I grew up in hill country and it leaves a lot to your imagination. In my imagination nothing else existed until I was fourteen and moved to Montana where the mountains are massive and everywhere.

Where are you living now?

I’m living in Stateline, Nevada. I’m starting to really like Nevada because I come from a red state and there is something about a red state- people carry guns, wield guns and conceal guns. I know that’s fucked up, but it’s kind of American in a way. I know it’s screwy because people die, and I don’t like that. Shooting people is not good. Some people can carry a weapon and not use it. I don’t know what it’s like to carry a weapon and I don’t know if I ever will to be honest. But there is this level of respect where you’re like motherfucker, don’t disrespect me because you can die!

[At this moment a male voice shouts from the other room- “Travis! Travis! Give me your knife!” Travis- “Hold on! I got it.” Travis pulls a knife from his pocket.]

[Laughs]. So you don’t know what it’s like to conceal a weapon other than during this interview?

[Laughs]. Yeah, I guess so.

Ok, so what is your life like now?

Lately I’ve been trying to make a living and I’m really adamant about making an honest dollar. I look around me and, you know people gotta make a dollar, and they’re going to do it in the way they’re going to do it. But I go through things in my brain and once I figure something out what I think is right I stick to it and I go for it for a while, until I decide that maybe it wasn’t so right. For the most part if something clicks in my brain, something is right. I was having a conversation with my mom and she was like, “Hey Travis, I saw this ad in the Portland Tribune for wind turbine school. I thought it would be really cool, because you’re not afraid of heights, you could do this job.” Anything I do I work hard. She gave me the number and I took a math exam and went to do the federal shit you do to get funding, and I just followed through because my mom is the best. She is the best. I don’t know, I followed through with that shit.

Follow through. Photo courtesy K2 Snowboarding

I heard you had a bad case of scabies once?

Here’s the deal, it’s life and if I can be an example for someone who beat scabies, I suppose I can do that. I was 19 years old, homeless in Vail, Colorado and [was staying with] a couple good New York friends. Something about people from New York, they’ve got a lot of heart. My friends took care of me and let me stay with them. I was traveling a lot and ended up sleeping on a bad mattress or something and somehow got scabies. I didn’t have the money to repair scabies and go to the doctor. So basically it became a major infestation of the tiny no-see-um bugs. They live under the first layer of your epidermis. Ahhhh! They’re fucking gross! They’re fucked. They eating your fucking skin. EAT POOP EAT POOP EAT POOP EAT POOP! They leave these lines with little dots and it was like connect the dots all over my body. Finally I went to a doctor, and I was like, “Sir, what the fuck do I have? I can’t sleep I’m itching so bad.” They itch so bad! The doctor took one look at me after I took my clothes off and he said I had a major infestation of scabies. He said to “take this fucking shampoo and wash everything else you have and give the shit to your friends. And if you touched anybody, let them the fuck know.” So sure enough I let this girl know, who I had a relationship with. She got it and her friends got it and everybody got better. I hated scabies.

A true American survival story… You were telling me before this interview started about how two guys tried to rape you on our last night in Santiago. Would it be too painful to relive the memory?

Yeah, sure. I wandered out of the bar and was trying to get a ride home from these beautiful women. But the beautiful women were like, no you have to go with the boys! I was like no, I don’t want to go with the boys, I want to go with the beautiful women. So I stuck to it and you know what it wasn’t working, so I needed to walk home. I was walking and didn’t know where I was. I got emotional. [Laughs].

[Laughing] Is that when you cried?

[Laughs]. Yeah that’s when I cried. I was like, where are my friends? I was punching a fucking pole. Why did I punch a pole? Because I missed my friends and I was like, fuck this! Then two gay men were like, “Dude what are you doing? Chill out,” But I didn’t like those guys, because later on down the way they were like, “We’re going to rape you.” But I was like, “no mother fuckers, you’re not going to rape me.” [Laughs]. This is not happening, you got to think of something else, you guys are good guys. Motherfuckers, you are not going to rape me, it’s just not going to happen. [Laughs].

Did they rape you?

Oh no, I could see it in their eyes that they were good guys. They’re chill. They must have been fucking with me and saying some bullshit. It doesn’t matter how hammered I am, I am never going to get raped. They were good people, they helped me get back to the hotel, but they did tell me they were going to rape me. I was like, no you’re not going to. It’s just not going to happen, so don’t even start thing about that. Don’t please, motherfuckers no!

I’m glad you didn’t get raped, that would be a terrible way to end our trip.

Yeah, I would have a sore butt hole. Here’s the deal, during that whole whatever the fuck it was, escort home, they couldn’t do anything because they didn’t have my consent. Maybe those guys have something about the whole consent game, because mother fuckers said they were going to rape me, but it just wasn’t going to happen. They know how to draw the line, and that’s positive.

A good way to end a trip. Photo courtesy K2 Snowboarding

Gingervitus: Chile Part 1 with Travis Parker

I’ve known Travis for a few years now, but I never really grasped how creative he is until I spent a week snowboarding with him in Chile. Now, I know that he is creative- after all I’ve seen the video parts and support the snowboard company he founded. Every time I turned around he was fiddling with something, whether it be stacking random objects or cutting out figures for a collage. Even when our crew packed it in for the night, we could hear the banging and crashing in the living room of all-night art projects.

After we had passed an art store in Santiago he said, “You know, I’d like to paint something at some point”. That is something a lot of people might say, but not many actually do it. One hour later we were back to the store, where Travis bought paper, ink and a pen. He proceeded to draw portraits of all of us in the hotel lobby. I wish I had a fleck of the creativity that this guy has.


You seem like you are always making something?
I love to draw and lately, and in the past day I [have been] loving to draw with an iron or metal brush. [The brush] is put on the end of calligraphy pen shaft. The iron is a flat, thick and wide piece of metal. I mix ink and water together and put it on paper.

How did you get into making art and understanding negative space?
I was taught by a woman and a couple good men about kick ass art. An amazing woman, Phyllis Schafer, taught me damn near everything I know about art, along with my Mom and a couple others. The point of this whole gig is value… that is what I focus on. Value is how you use ink. Ink is the substance, and I don’t know if it imitates darkness, but with water you can change the amount of imitation. I had three plastic bottles from the gentleman at the bar, who cut them in half with his knife. He filled them with Santiago water and then I put different amounts of ink in each. And then I went straight fucking ink. I had four values on these drawings.

A portrait of Colleen on her computer by Travis Parker

That sounds simple enough.
The thing is, I’ve been taught, so maybe my language sounds funky- but the idea is to put down an imitation of shadow and light on paper. Oh my god, the paper. I got Fabriano paper from a shop called Color Animal in Santiago. An amazing bit of fucking Fabriano paper. I fucking love Fabriano paper. It’s above us right now in the overhead compartment. We’re flying right now and I have paper up there that is fucking perfect.

How do you take something seen in three dimensions and put it flat on paper in two dimensions?
We live in a three dimensional world with our eyes, conscience, and the way we put one foot in front of the other. The idea is that the way you see the world in two dimensions is not hard, but you have to think of a clock and how the hands move flat at 180 degrees. Left or right. When you look out at the world our minds want to add more depth and angles and if you want to put that on paper it doesn’t work. What you have to do is trust your eyes. You transfer what is in your head in three dimensions to a piece of paper in two dimensions. When you’re throwing that shit down you have a set of rules, and I love rules. You abide by those rules. You stick to those rules and eventually you come up with something that imitates something beautiful.

Always creating, Travis builds a well-balanced scale sculpture while the rest of the crew relaxes.

You do love rules. Is there something that inspires you to make things?
I am inspired. A store inspired me this time. It carried product and drew me in to buy something and create something. One of the only reasons I actually made those drawings was the fact that we passed that art store. It was spontaneous. There was an idea and it’s always something like that – an idea. They bought amazing products to sell from the people who made these amazing products, including the paper I bought. The Fabriano paper that I bought is so beautiful. I want to hit that shit with more ink and go at it some more, because I know it will turn out fun and amazing because there is so much opportunity on that paper.

If you could give one tip to someone trying to make art for the first time, what would it be?

One thing? Take a class from Phyllis Schafer.

 

Gingervitus: Travel Tips

Last Saturday morning I arrived at the Portland Airport to begin my journey to La Parva, Chile with the K2 team. 37 hours later I finally boarded my flight, the one that made it there, that is. There were canceled flights, missed connections and rerouted planes. When I finally made it to Atlanta (where my flight to Chile was departing from) I thought I was all set. Two and a half hours after taking off, somewhere over the Gulf of Mexico, we turned around and returned to Atlanta due to electrical problems. When we landed in Georgia, Delta provided vouchers and I hopped in a cab to the airport hotel. The cab driver got lost in the city and when we pulled over at another hotel I ran in to get directions. While I was inside he bailed. I finally got dropped off at the right hotel only to find out at 4 am that they were sold out of rooms and no longer accepting the vouchers. The Sheridan couch never looked so good.

Here are some important travel tips I’ve learned:

Just because your flight is delayed by a couple days doesn’t mean you need to miss any days in the gym.

Baby wipes are a must. Instant shower, enough said.

Bring Preparation H… To soothe and cleanse after the airlines bend you over.

These are the most uncomfortable and stupid looking shoes I have ever seen.

Beware of surging outlets in foreign countries. I almost burned our house down by lighting my boots on fire with my boot heaters.

Youtube and general internet entertainment can help to pass the time. Check out this dancing dog or fake news on the recent earthquake on the East Coast.

Help Finish What A-Rob Started

This fundraiser was set up to help live out Aaron’s dream. A group of close friends and family are traveling to Chile on a whim in this pursuit best explained in an email from Blake Paul:

I know its hard to think about right now and you are probably going through it way harder than I am, but i have this feeling that we need to do this for Aaron. I have never had a stronger feeling to do something more than this. The decision is all up to, you and I feel you were the closest to him but please read out my idea…

We need to make a Chile section for the movie. We have to finish out our mission. Its what Aaron would really want, this could make the movie so powerful. We need to get Sam, Yoder, You, and whoever else you think should be involved, down here for at least two weeks. We need to get some solid footage of the culture, snowboarding, and tell the story of Aarons last few days. The snowboarding world needs a reality check right now, if the movie ended with spreading some of Aarons ashes where he passed the film could be amazing, award winning, -exactly would Aaron would have wanted. I know we can do this, its all so hard to comprehend right now but it has to happen. We have to finish out Aarons mission down here.

We can’t let the sadness and trauma take hold of the situation. Its not about being sad for death, its about celebrating life. Basically its not about us, its about him, and his dreams. He would want this, he died trying to get this. This situation is changing our lives and making me grow up really quick. The next few weeks are going to be difficult. But we need to look back on this moment and say..”we didnt give up, we did what Aaron would have wanted.” We can’t regret this.

Thank you. Anything helps.

Aaron’s spirit will forever live in our hearts!

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