This was my first trip with Devun Walsh, who was filming for Mack Dawg's DOUBLE DECADE video that season. It was actually a bit of a challenge to convince him to come along on this trip to Valdez, Alaska that spring. Not because he was intimidated by the terrain, but that it meant leaving Whistler at the best time of the year. Luckily the proverbial arm-twisting worked and he jumped in for what was to be three weeks of heli-boarding *weather permitting. Sounds like a dream, but that *weather permitting part is always a sticking point. This year it was particularly bad, as fly days were scarce due to wind or storms or both. We had maybe 3 sunny days during that stretch, and when it was on, it's wasn't cliche to say that we went like there was no tomorrow. No better example of that was this natural cliff gap with actual "no tomorrow" consequences. Devun spotted it from the air on a fly by and when we rode down to investigate all of the other riders in the crew wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. It was a loaded heli with easily the top freestyle riders in the world at the time -- Jussi, Wille, Andreas Wiig. Seeing their reluctance and hearing them subtly try and talk Devun out of it, made me question if it was a bad idea. Devun didn't even flinch. He was locked in and after building a up minor wedge put down a b/s 180 second try, followed by a cab 5. The former ended up on the cover of Transworld, which was a huge honor to have been able to be a part of with a rider I'd so long been a fan of and this being our first time shooting together.