2004 was the first year we started traveling to Minnesota in search of handrails. Riders like Chad Otterstrom and Micah McGinnity, both Minnesota natives had been telling us for a few years about all the spots and with a dry winter in Salt Lake it was an easy decision to finally book flights and check it out. The gold mine of spots that awaited was hard to wrap your head around. I think I spent most of the winter going back and forth, with new discoveries on every trip. This pinnacle of all rails was this steep kink at the University of Minnesota. It stuck out the way I'd imagine the Matterhorn stuck out to the first mountaineers to go deep into the Swiss Alps. I also didn't look possible, which is exactly why I think Jeremy Jones was so drawn to it. It was also the only spot I'd ever seen Jeremy nervous about. Not nerves to the point of reconsideration, more like he needed extra candy before heading over and setting it up. The rail alone was such a beautiful structure it I might considered just photographing it on it's own. Truly a work of art of rails that just has an ominous presence that harder to convey in words than photos, neither of which do it justice. Jeremy went right to work on this backside 50/50. He rode the stairs a few times, even went over the drop and survived, and then laced it in well under 10 tries. I shot it with 2 cameras, the 35mm you see here and also on my Hasselblad medium format. When I got that film back there was a weird streak on it, like it had gotten wet. I couldn't figure out what had gone wrong, but finally figured out I was so nervous, my dark slide (for all you photo nerds) was in my pocket between goes and got sweat on it, thus ruining the film when I put it back in after the shot. Glad I had 2 cameras shooting that day! Fun facts: In 2010 we went back to this rail and Jeremy gapped out to frontside lipslide on the bottom down. In 2022 Mikey LeBlanc, at the age of 48, jumped over the entire set. I'm not aware of anyone else who has ever it.