Teton Gravity Research's new film, "Light the Wick," comes out this fall. Until then, you'll have to settle for these Almost Live episodes. In this one, former Olympic ski racer Daron Rahlves heads out with the TGR A team, including Ian McIntosh, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Seth Morrison, to ski the Devil's Thumb, a fierce-looking granite spike near Petersburg, Alaska. Daron heads into a line that Seth describes as "a gnarly spot to go down, a no fall zone." Then Daron takes one hell of a tumble, tomahawking all the way down the spine. Daron's OK, don't worry. Here's what he had to say about the line and the crash.
From Daron: "My first run with TGR on the Devil's Thumb was going to set the tone for the trip. Stick this line and Hello, Alaska! That was the plan. After Mac, Seth and Sage picked their lines, I had one option. I carefully dissected the run and ran it over in my mind. This line had a few standout obstacles: snowy gap, rocks, pepper, spine, rocks, open face, rocks and a nice size bergshrund, then a smoking run out. The run didn't look that big until I got on top. That always happens and acts as a nice check and balance on execution. My thoughts were to stick to my planned route and ski smart. The top few turns were on perfect pow, but then it turned to sun-baked snow until the spine which was back to good pow. I took it slow and careful down the spine and sloughed myself out so I waited to chase the tail end of it around the corner. I was fully committed and on the way under the secondary exposure the slough peeled off what I thought was nice pow down to smooth rock and ice. Skiing on rock and ice with no option to go fall line isn't pretty. I fought to get over to the left and that's when my skis hit a protruding rock and sent me out of control. I came to a stop right above the gapping hole and shook off the stars and snow. Run one delivered a blow that ripped open my pack, gave me the feeling of a rock schard wedged in my upper back and a wake up call yelling ... Hello, Alaska!"
"Light the Wick" debuts in Jackson Hole on September 19 and tours the country throughout the fall.