The Jackson Bros' BOTR series continues with new action from Alaska. In case you're new to all this, brothers John and Eric Jackson are driving custom rigs from AK to the bottom of Chile, shredding, surfing, fishing and playing music the whole way down. This time they even got Pat Moore in on the deal:
John Jackson explains: "[Moore] really wanted to come meet up in Alaska and we were kind of telling him, like, 'We don't know what we're gonna do... You're welcome to come up here and hang but don't expect much... We don't know what's gonna happen: We might go halibut fishing; we might go glacier camping; we might -- who knows?!' But he was down, you know? Pat is an awesome kid. We had a lot of fun when we filmed together for Forum."
"This wasn't a typical, like, heli trip," he continues. "We were hiking everything. We're roping up through the glacier. Had, you know, full crampons and snowshoes, skins... Sometimes placing gear to get up things. It was pretty new for a lot of us."
Clark Fyans, the Lead Guide and Field Producer for BOTR who has also worked extensively with Brain Farm, knew he wanted to get the boys into some serious alpine wilderness -- having summited Denali 10 times himself among other, ridiculous accolades -- but he wasn't sure what the trip would come down to:
"I wanted to get [the pro riders] into an environment where we were still in the mountains but out of their element in a way. We're usually using helicopters... We were just south of Mt. McKinley. [Ed. aka Denali, the highest peak in North America.] It's a protected area, the Pika Glacier know as 'Little Switzerland,' and it's traditionally a spot that people go to do mountaineering. It's just this great amphitheater. We're probably the first people to go in there and build a kicker [laughs]."
As for the riding that went down -- including guest talent Pat Moore's first real AK line -- Fyans was surprised at how well the boys stepped up to the "new" way of doing things:
"Yeah, I mean, all of the riding that went down was really dramatic and exceeded all of my expectations. I thought we'd be doing super basic stuff looking to the future... Instead, John J right away got into a pretty decently exposed mountaineering-style line. Then, the next day, all three of them got into some stuff. Pat Moore's first real AK line was very aesthetic... To have Pat come and be a part of it and get not just his first Alaska line, but to have it not be the typical fly-to-the-top heli... He really had to work for it. For popping someone's AK cherry, [Pat Moore] had a pretty unique way of doing that, I'd say."
Fyans also called the ice fall kicker the crew built, "all-time" -- keep in mind this is from a guy who was heavily involved in "The Art of Flight" and knows his kickers.
As for whether Moore showed up for an Alaska glacier camp with nine different Slayer t-shirts, John Jackson laughs and says: " He toned it down a little bit for Alaska. He had a funny little gardening hat. Glacier glasses. He had fun."