Mission Antarctic: the last dispatch

Mission Antarctic: the last dispatch

Here I am sitting at this very British-looking cafe in Stanley, Falklands, just getting my head (and stomach) together after four days of delightful seasickness through the Drake Passage. Coming back to civilisation, I’m getting all these flashbacks in my head. The bays surrounding us, all the untouched faces, all the moments we shared with the crew through hell and heaven. Beforehand I felt that this could be the trip of my life and I am certain now that it this is indeed true. I am so thankful to have had the chance to put this dream trip together and I can’t wait to share it all with everyone. There is massive packing underway back at our boat the Golden Fleece. We are flying off tomorrow to hopefully make it on time for father Xmas. We could feel all the way back on the peninsula all that stoke from our posts and it really helped us to carry on day after day with our exploration. Thank you sooo much from the whole crew for all your cheers. Stay tuned for more!...
Mission Antarctic: Dispatch 5 – An Excerpt from Lucas DeBari’s Journal…

Mission Antarctic: Dispatch 5 – An Excerpt from Lucas DeBari’s Journal…

Despite our intentions of riding ‘the Captain’ today, we all take notice of an ever-encroaching cloudbank headed straight our way. With no chance of riding or filming the line in anything less than perfect light, we end up going for plan B which is a 55 plus degree slope that continues right into the ocean. It has a very aesthetic Alaska-style spine that splits the majority of the face. Having spent a good amount of time in AK this brings a bit of relativity to my mind and with this comes comfort. I’m sure that this is going to have good snow. It looks like pow and is a similar aspect to the epicness of the day sessions the day before. A quick ride on the zodiac right up to the start of the linen and we are on slope. It’s pretty crazy climbing right out of the water, ice axes in hand, and immediately right into the business. Another new element for me is that I’m wearing a life jacket as well as a Patrol 24 ABS Pack and a transceiver. Seems like overkill, but I’m not willing to lose any of my three potential life saving devices. As we climb we notice that the snow is not quite the same as the day before, but as each footstep sinks in about a foot, I am sure it will still be quite ripable. As I’m slowly gaining confidence in these situations, I actually really enjoyed the exposed ascent of the face. With a quick little belay from our guide Tony, I am at the top of the face...
Mission Antarctic: Dispatch 4 – Behind the Scenes with the Muppets & Monkeys

Mission Antarctic: Dispatch 4 – Behind the Scenes with the Muppets & Monkeys

Xavier De le Rue and Lucas Debari are currently on expedition in Antarctica. Follow the ‘Mission Antarctic’ expedition while the two share real-time dispatches as they ride some of the steepest and most beautiful lines at the bottom of the world. Xavier is poised at the lip ready to drop “The Captain,” one of the steepest lines of his career. I’m a part of the camera crew in position below. Unfortunately, we are all staring blankly at each other, dazed and confused… It’s an honour to be here. Although I’m not a rider, I was lucky enough to be able to puke my brains out on the Drake passage and contribute to the team as a The North Face climber and Camp 4 Collective filmmaker. I’m a Yosemite climber ‘monkey’ at heart and am a bit of a fish out of water on this mission. Did I mention that last time I filmed with Xav in Jackson, WY, I almost died with skull and vertebrae fractures? Yup, that makes this all a bit more exciting. At any rate, it’s been amazing to be here collaborating with Xav’s Timeline creative team of storytelling ‘Muppets’ consisting of Tero Repo and Guido Perrini. Tero is a Finnish photographer with a lifetime of experience shooting on snow. Guido is a British filmmaker who is also a veteran shooting in the cold and has shot/edited all the Timeline movies to date. I’m not sure why Xav calls them the ‘Muppets’ but I think it might be because they are so chilled and have a great sense of humor. A few times so far they...
Mission Antarctic: Dispatch 3 – Lucas is Stoked

Mission Antarctic: Dispatch 3 – Lucas is Stoked

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO MESSAGE BY XAVIER [sc_embed_player fileurl=”https://893165d5b5ae626053ff-9a10668358e268b3bfc22996e60ffcf4.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/sound-bite-1.mp3″] Xavier De le Rue and Lucas Debari are currently on expedition in Antarctica. Follow the ‘Mission Antarctic’ expedition while the two share real-time dispatches as they ride some of the steepest and most beautiful lines at the bottom of the world. It has been a wild ride since we left the Falkland Islands over a week ago. Now that we are not puking our brains out and are within the protection of the small bays and inlets, we have had the opportunity to switch our focus to snowboarding. Despite the many distracting endeavors required for us to be here, that is after all why we are here! As the weather cleared that first day, we laid our eyes on the real terrain that this foreign land has to offer and it is steep; real freakin’ steep. The first line we saw was about 55-60 degrees and continued this pitch directly into the ocean. With one good-looking line as a prospect, our spirits were starting to rise. I know that any trip with Xavier is going to be scary, but this is a whole new world of shit. My major concern at this point was that the snow would be hard, and I straight up do not enjoy riding big lines in anything other than fresh pow. Riding steep lines in pow is how I have made it to where I am, although I did know coming into this that I would be pushed way beyond that comfort zone of mine. So with my head spinning, we continued our navigation of...
Mission Antarctic Dispatch 2 :: Xavier on a boat

Mission Antarctic Dispatch 2 :: Xavier on a boat

Xavier De le Rue and Lucas Debari are currently on expedition in Antarctica. Follow the ‘Mission Antartic’ expedition while the two share real-time dispatches as they ride some of the steepest and most beautiful lines at the bottom of the world. We are sitting here in the living room of the boat and it feels like we are back in the storm, except that the boat is dead calm. The vessel is lying on its side at a 25-degree angle since this morning since we got stuck on the shallow bottom approaching a line in a little hidden bay. The boat has actually been seriously stuck since this morning and we are waiting for the tide to come back up to it’s full position so eventually maybe we will able to get it out of here! Haha, no big deal….the captain is fairly confident. We should hit the high tide point soon and get out of this trap. In the mean time, we still managed to hit that big line we were aiming for. The snow wasn’t as good as last night’s, but the surroundings were definitely super impressive for a great experience. We start to feel really comfortable with the snow. It is really perfect to both climb and ride – reeeeallly steep terrain. We have two amazing faces waiting for us to go and get them… Definitely way higher standards than what I was expecting. We have been incredibly lucky with the weather, and we are making the most of every second of our adventure. The team is a great combination of talent, and the long days...
Mission Antarctic Dispatch 1 :: Open Seas to the Antarctic

Mission Antarctic Dispatch 1 :: Open Seas to the Antarctic

Xavier De le Rue and Lucas Debari are currently on expedition in Antarctica. Follow along with the ‘Mission Antarctic’ expedition while the two share real-time dispatches as they ride some of the steepest and most beautiful lines at the bottom of the world. It was 9 a.m. when I landed in Santiago, Chile on November 23. Prior to this I had missed a flight and temporarily lost my passport and wallet along the way, so you can imagine how stoked I was to see both of my checked bags come sliding out of the tunnel into the baggage check area. Xavier and the crew had arrived the day before to ensure there would be no issues with luggage. Having spent a bit of time in Chile in the past, it was quite easy for me to hop on a taxi to the hotel, meet up with the posse and start cruising the city for the last few items on our supply list. Everyone was stoked to be there and we had a nice dinner before our travels continued in the morning. At 4 a.m. we woke up and began our travels to the Falkland Islands. With the possibility of setting sail that night Renan handed out some motion sickness pills that Jimmy Chin’s witch doctor had hooked us up with. An hour later and for the majority of that day, we were all so messed up that no one could comprehend each other’s words even when speaking our common language of English. By the time we landed in the Falkland Islands everyone seemed to be coming around. It was...

Mission Antarctic – My motivation to ride the world ‘s end

” I went there out of curiosity, but i still remember that surprise on the first morning when i opened my eyes over the peninsula. Antarctica is the most powerful, beautiful, unexplored skiing spot on the whole planet” – Xavier De Le Rue. This trip will document an incredible journey from the Falklands sailing though the drake passage and wandering around the Fjords of the Antarctica Peninsula on board of a 20m...