The trailer for Jeremy Jones’ third and final movie in his trilogy, “Higher,” dropped on Wednesday. The two-year project that Jones began filming for last winter will feature human-powered, backcountry snowboarding in remote locations from the Tetons to the Sierra Nevada to the Himalaya.
“I’m getting better at figuring out how to go to more obscure places,” Jones says.
In late October, Jones returned from five weeks filming for “Higher” in Nepal’s Khumbu region, where he and a crew of cinematographers and Italian snowboarder Luca Pandolfi climbed and rode an unnamed 21,000-foot peak that reportedly had never been climbed or snowboarded before.
They found the peak by spotting a picture of it in a library book on Himalayan culture. “The more we looked into this peak, the more it lined up in our favor,” Jones says. “It had this beautiful spine wall and a lot of different rideable lines.”
The Himalayan trip represents just one piece of Jones’ broader mission.
“Our goal in making ‘Deeper,’ ‘Further’ and ‘Higher’ was to find the most beautiful mountains in the world, which I call dream lines,” Jones says. “They’re often the highest in the range, they’re the special lines that have good snow, and that, in my eyes, are the best mountains in the world to snowboard. Not needing helicopters and snowmobiles has opened up our eyes to 90 percent more terrain.”
"Higher" will premiere in the fall of 2014. The first two films in Jones' trilogy, "Deeper" and “Further,” debuted in 2010 and 2012, respectively.