Patrick Gephart

Freelance Web Engineer | Alpine Enthusiast

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2017/2018 Season Edit

Pat Gephart – 2017/2018 Season Edit from Patrick Gephart on Vimeo.

A back injury at the end of December was the unfortunate start to my 2017/2018 season. Thankfully, I was able to recover and experience many memorable days on my snowboard in some incredible locations, including in Japan, Grand Teton National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and my home ranges of the Gore and Tenmile.

I was also focused on training for an attempt to snowboard from the summit of Denali in Alaska. With some good weather and luck that goal was realized in late June during a 24 day stay on the Kahiltna Glacier. Many thanks to all of companies and backcountry partners who have helped me achieve my goals and create new ones for the future.

Song: Holy Wave – Night Tripper

Filming: Justin Ibarra, Nico Moric, Pat Perry Johnson

2016/2017 Season Edit

The 2016/2017 winter was hands down the best seasons I have ever had on a splitboard and snowboard. With the help of some great partners and a stabler Colorado snowpack, I was able to pursue my goal of climbing and riding more technical lines in the backcountry. The entire process of pursuing technical objectives is what I enjoy the most. The problem solving needed to ice/mixed climb a couloir and safely descend, the snowpack analysis through an entire season, and the judgement needed to know when to turn around are all parts that make up the equation of splitboard mountaineering that I love.

Much thanks to Weston Snowboards for their tremendous support and providing me with the absolute best splitboard for both freestyle/freeride and mountaineering, as well as all of the backcountry partners and mentors that have helped me progress in snow science, ice climbing, rock climbing, and backcountry knowledge.

Song: Yo La Tengo – The Room Got Heavy

10 Mile Canyon Splitboard Mountaineering

Jeff Kepler and I on a fun alpine climb and snowboard descent in 10 Mile Canyon, Colorado.

Epic Powder Day at Breckenridge 1/12/17

January was a month to remember during the 16/17 winter season. Zach Griffin and I were lucky to get a rope drop or two after some serious accumulation stacked up the alpine bowls of Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Song: The Soft Walls – House Concern

Montezuma Backcountry Snowboarding

The 16/17 season delivered an amazing amount of snow in January which set Colorado up with a relatively stable snow pack. This area not too far from home delivered some great lines on days like this throughout the rest of the season.

Song: Friendo – Oversees

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