Jeremy Jones’ HIGHER Movie Ends Backcountry Snowboarding Trilogy on High Note

Jeremy Jones HIGHER DVD review
GearMarket was on the scene of Jeremy Jones’ HIGHER movie premiere in Jackson Hole, Wyo. to hear what he had to say and watch the latest TGR backcountry snowboarding movie. Here’s why we gave it five out of five stars.

Backcountry snowboarder and adventurer Jeremy Jones often visits Jackson Hole, Wyoming to visit his brothers who started Teton Gravity Research (TGR) and, of course, to ride deep powder! But, this visit to introduce the latest movie in his three-part snowboarding movie series–the Deeper, Further, Higher trilogy–must have been a little bittersweet.

You see, it was the last installment of his ambitious project to film backcountry snowboarding in the most extreme places on earth. It was also a part of a local event called SHIFT that uses food, film, speakers and outdoor recreation to explore the intersection of conservation with Nature, Culture and Adventure. As founder of Protect Our Winters (POW), this is something that Jones is passionate about, so it was a perfect fit, but also a sad reminder that we have a lot of work to do to help the climate for future generations of snowboarders and skiers.

Jones’ personal introduction touched on this while also giving gratitude to some of the film’s other stars including snowboarders Bryan Iguchi, Ryland Bell, and Luca Pandolfi. He also gave a huge shout out to the Exum Mountain Guides, especially the two, Zahan Billimoria and Brendan O’Neill, who guided him and Bryan Iguchi up (and down) the Grand Teton, one of film’s adventures. He also talked about the unsung heroes: the TGR film crew (many of whom were in the theater), who literally have to go the extra mile to get the shots!

This is a super team effort making these things and it’s always the same plan: Get the best people that you can find and go in on it, meaning putting every ounce of energy you have into this wonderful opportunity to make a snowboard movie.” –Jeremy Jones, Oct. 11, 2014 at the Center for the Arts, Jackson Hole, Wyo.

The film started with some interesting background info about Jeremy Jones’ early days skiing, yes skiing!, and then snowboarding when it first started and beyond. This was one of the best things about the movie! We loved seeing throwback pictures and videos of him and his growing love of snowsports, and the beginnings of his brothers’ Todd and Steve Jones’ film company Teton Gravity Research (TGR).

After the charming background info, the adventure gets started here in our backyard with Jeremy Jones and local snowboarder Bryan Iguchi climbing and descending the Grand Teton. Even though this peak is right up the road, the fabulous cinematography and story gives a clearer picture of why this mountain is so legendary, especially in the winter.

The next adventure takes us to a remote mountain range in Eastern Alaska to ride untouched lines with snowboarder Ryland Bell. After surviving a long storm cycle and finally riding the handpicked line, they ended up naming it Mt. Timlin after a friend, and Jones’ Snowboards employee, who lost his life in an avalanche in Colorado just prior to the shoot.

They saved the best snowboarding adventure for the last: The long approach and crazy-ass descent of a Himalayan peak called Shangri-La. The fabulous crew captured the spiritual nature of the place, and of climbing in the mountains here. Jeremy Jones and Luca Pandolfi endure a lot to get to the 21K spine and Jones ends up “snowboarding” it alone.

This extreme extremeness brings up the question of whether it’s sensible for this husband and father of two kids to be doing this with so much risk. They show his family at home in Tahoe and how hard it is for them to have him leave for extended periods and worry about him.

The rewards for the risk are that he wants his kids to see a father who isn’t afraid of doing something if he loves it. He also explained the concept of the “white moment,” or the feeling you get when you’re riding the perfect line and your body, mind, and snowboard all come together in a sort of bliss, or nirvana, state. But, after all, he says although there is a lot of extreme terrain untouched in the Himalaya (and beyond), he’s going to leave it to the next generation of adventuring snowboarders!

Official Trailer for Jeremy Jones’ HIGHER Movie

Behind the Scenes of Jeremy Jones’ HIGHER Movie Unplugged Series

They made a whole series of Jeremy Jones’ HIGHER behind-the-scenes unplugged episodes. Go to Teton Gravity Research to watch them all!

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