The search continues for untouched backcountry powder as Jeremy Jones, O’Neill and TGR gear up for the premiere of, ‘Further’ this fall. The highly anticipated film is the follow-up to 2009′s ‘Deeper’. After its wild success, the team felt that they could take the journey to even greater heights, and set out on a quest to go bigger, steeper, and dive deeper into the great unknown.
To ensure they could stand up to the unforgiving elements encountered in the remote backcountry, Jones and his team of professional boarders underwent rigorous physical training. They also employed cutting edge research to prepare themselves to tackle mountains that no man has ever dared to conquer. In a quote from the films trailer, a camera crewman tells “‘Deeper was child’s play compared to this one (‘Further’).”
‘Further’ follows Jones as he leads a highly experienced team of riders, camera crews and guides around the corners of the globe in a snowboard film unlike any other. Included in their unchartered destinations are the Japanese Alps, Atomfjella Mountains in Svelbard, the Karwendel Range in Austria, and the Wrangell Mountains in Alaska.
Along with the TGR film crew, prominent riders joining Jones include Terje Haakonsen, Lucas Debari, Josh Dirksen, Forrest Shearer, Ryland Bell, Bibi Pekarek, and Mitch Toelderer. In describing how out-of-the-norm the trip was, Jones explained ”Whether it was going to places too remote for helicopters, camping in -20 temperatures, being caught by avalanches, 24 days camped in the biggest wilderness in the world or embracing splitboarding, going deeper and further to the possibilities of the human spirit is what I wanted to accomplish”. Even for pioneers such as Jones, this was no average day at the office.
Leaving the luxuries of home behind them, the Further team encountered a variety of challenges in their search for pristine backcountry. In order to attempt this level of terrain, the entire team had to be outfitted with top of the line equipment. Without proper gear, the risk of frostbite, avalanches and serious injury is an all too serious reality for the athletes and filmers. “The TGR crew did an incredible job capturing our expeditions, and O’Neill provided the best snow gear I could ask for in those harsh conditions,” said Jones. “There’s something amazing about a group effort when everyone pulls together and great things happen.”
In order to conquer higher altitudes and longer trips than the first film, the team will continue to rely on splitboards as they did in the ‘Deeper’. Splitboards are a hybrid of skis and snowboards that allows the riders to tackle even the most difficult of powdered landscape. When it comes to the search for pristine powder, splitboards have quickly become the hottest buy on the block since the mid 1990′s.
Not content to rest on their laurels from the first film, Jones, O’Neill and the TGR team really wanted to roll the dice and set their expectations high in order to capture footage unlike any other. ”Making this movie was incredible and I’m so grateful to all the teams involved in making it happen,” said Jones.
“From the outset, I aimed to push the limits and see where the journey could take us; I think everyone will agree the payoff was worth it in the end. The footage is insane, and our stories are just as good”, states Jones, who is amped for the premier of O’Neill’s second film in the daring trilogy. ”Whether it was going to places too remote for helicopters, camping in -20 temperatures, being caught by avalanches, 24 days camped in the biggest wilderness in the world or embracing splitboarding, going deeper and further to the possibilities of the human spirit is what I wanted to accomplish”.
In the build up to the premier, check out TGR’s trailer for ‘Further’.
‘Further’ is set to premiere hometown of Lake Tahoe, Calif. on September 7th with a film tour following immediately after. A full list of tour dates and iTunes release date will follow in the coming weeks. More information and tour details are available at http://www.facebook.com/OneillSnowAmericas.