Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch

Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch from Lone Peak Outfitters by Drew Stoecklein Photography 

As the snow melts and the dormancy of winter subsides, a fly Fisherman’s paradise unfolds in front of Drew Stoeckleins lense.

Mother Nature delivered a week of cold weather right before the highly anticipated Caddisfly hatch on the Yellowstone River. The river quickly dropped and cleared creating near perfect conditions. After a few warm days, the water finally reached 52 degrees, the wind settled and the Caddis exploded.

Right Place, Right Time!

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Hayden Price: Like Mother, Like Son

To borrow words from Theodore Roosevelt “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.” Hayden Price does just that. His aura is that of a Raven flying high above the mountain peaks…curious, playful, yet deliberate. His vision goes far beyond the fall line and his love is everlasting. With the greatest tragedy, he finds peace. Much love brotha, we are thankful to be with you on the journey.

 

Like Mother, Like Son

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MAY 8, 2014 | PEOPLE

Hayden Price, skiing in cursive at Haines, Alaska. PHOTO: Will Wissman

WORDS: Dawn Cardinale

After watching Hayden Price ski a line in a big mountain competition at Snowbird, Utah, local Parker Cook gave him an interesting compliment. Cook said, “They skied the mountain in print, while you skied it in cursive.” If you’ve seen Hayden come down the mountain, you know what Cook means. His lines are smooth, decisive, and loopy, not a rough, labored corner in sight. He makes everything on-hill appear simple and light. When you talk to him, you see that positive flow extends beyond skiing. You see his presence and thought, but not in the banal way of turning gears. It’s more like a spacecraft zooming with easy, laser-like accuracy. And he skis like he thinks. It’s tempting to attribute this ready positivity to sanguine youth, but you don’t have to look very far to find its origin.

Hayden’s mother Brenda had always been on a journey, according to Hayden’s father Dobber. Whether it was via Deepak Chopra or Miguel Ruiz, TED Talks, or a book Oprah recommended, the self-described “mountain girl” actively sought inspiration and a way to stay “centered.” She forwarded the good vibrations to everyone around her, earning the description “everyone’s biggest cheerleader.” Hayden calls Brenda his best friend, and the term is not used liberally: he says they told each other everything, as in,everything. Many people who met them together, for instance, Kristen Ulmer, didn’t immediately recognize they were mother and son and guessed they were closer in age. Brenda’s best girlfriend Jill Stearns says, “They were kindred spirits … he’s a spiritually evolved kid.”

Brenda and Hayden Price, mother and son, kindred spirits. PHOTO: Facebook

Hayden, 28, and his brother Benn, 23, were raised on the slopes of Alta, where Dobber and Brenda spent a combined 75 years. The first time Hayden skied Main Chute, requiring a boot-pack to the top of 11,942-foot Mount Baldy, he had just turned 8. At the time, he was the youngest to ski the chute (Benn would break the record at age 7). Brenda’s devotion to nature wasn’t lost on Hayden or Benn, who custom-designs furniture made of reclaimed materials. Brenda was benevolent, the parent the boys would go to for a “yes,” but not always docile. Hayden recounts a trip to Mammoth when Brenda went “ballistic” on someone she thought was disrespecting him. He calls this “going Mammoth.”

When Brenda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, it marked the beginning of a softer, yet more intense Brenda. She never again went Mammoth, but her curious inclinations turned into a spiritual quest. She was drawn to Eastern philosophy and religions and pop-culture gurus, all of which served her well. Her good friend Caroline Burton says, “It felt so good to be around her … you don’t sweat the small stuff, and you’re stoked.” When she was sick, which was on and off for a decade, her level of “stoke” never waned. Burton says, “We would joke and say, ‘Don’t tell Brenda she has cancer.’”

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Cancer didn’t slow down Brenda one bit. On Hayden’s 20th birthday, Brenda postponed a chemotherapy appointment she had scheduled that morning, so the two of them could go backcountry skiing. Hayden says as she post-holed up the mountain she pulled off her hat. “She didn’t have any hair, and her head was steaming.” It is an indelible image of courage and true happiness.

When Brenda approached Ulmer regarding her Ski to Live camps, she immediately suggested Brenda and Hayden be guides. “They were such an obvious match,” says Ulmer, whose camps incorporate a mindful, Zen approach to skiing. She calls Brenda “everybody’s fantasy mother,” but not for the obvious reason—Brenda was an objectively beautiful woman—but for her love and compassion. Ulmer notes the same in Hayden: “There are so few pro skiers that aren’t motivated by their demons—something else motivates Hayden—and that’s due to Brenda.”

Everyone who skis with him agrees. Pro skier Julian Carr says Hayden possesses an “attitude of making the most of anything put in front of him.” Photographer Will Wissman says working with Hayden is easy and—shooting with him in places like British Columbia and Haines, Alaska—Wissman should know. “He understands what’s best for everybody—not just Hayden,” he says.

What is innate is inherited. A younger Hayden and his mom, Brenda. PHOTO: Dopper Price

Hayden wanted to emulate Eric Pollard after seeing the movie Stereotype in 2002. He also names Pep Fujas as an influence, as well as skaters and snowboarders, including hardcore Snowbird locals Deadlung and Benny Pellegrino. With these inspirations, Hayden hit both the big mountains and city streets for a different, sort of fusion, approach. Later, he would join the Dubsatch Collective to shoot with his buddies Sam Cohen, Thayne Rich, John Collinson, and others. Even in the company of these talents, Hayden’s style is unique.

Cohen says he plays on his skis, crushing big lines but also having fun with terrain. Wissman says you have to communicate with Hayden and ask him what he sees—that his line choice isn’t obvious—or you’re not going to get the shot. Wissman says, “Three or four athletes hit it the same way; Hayden’s gonna hit it differently.” He says it works, because Hayden is an open, easy communicator.

Choosing his own path goes beyond a ski shoot. He says, “Making your own decisions—it’s the most interesting, amazing part of existence—to be aware, to see the beauty, to decide whatever you’re going to do.” He says it as though it’s as simple as flipping a switch, but recognizes people can feel option-less. “When it’s perceived as difficult—that’s where the aha moment comes—there’s a place to grow,” he says.

Last winter, when Brenda’s condition worsened, Hayden said, “The cracks in life are to let the light shine in. There are plenty of bright moments.” It was a difficult season. There were energetic recoveries followed by sobering declines, as many people who know cancer can attest. Brenda never complained, not once. She shared her experience in her essay, Life by the Numbers: “I don’t hate my cancer; I love every cell in my body no matter how confused it might be. I have faith that everything will be perfect, whatever that looks like.” She found great comfort in Mooji, a spiritual guru who believes that people don’t own their bodies, that they’re leased out and meant to be returned. He also says that “illness can be a tremendous aid for self-discovery” and “sickness comes as a kind of healing.” Hayden says Brenda was very much at peace when she died. She passed away in February at the age of 53.

Benn, Brenda, and Hayden Price. PHOTO: Hayden Price

Today, Hayden remains positive. He smiles big and wide, his leonine hair askew. Dawn-patrol hikes up Mount Superior and late-afternoon climbs with Cohen pack the days. He was a strong caregiver for Brenda, which, with her, meant being happy and healthy. He calls this a “somewhat unappetizing catalyst for growth,” but clearly the lesson has longevity.

Ever since Hayden was a small child, he had this way of coping wherein he would note his surroundings in growing dimension: “I’m in my bed; I’m in my house; I’m in Salt Lake City …” Until he found himself in a frameless universe. The infinitesimal feeling was liberating for him. Things seemed uncertain or indefinite, thus full of possibility. He says he wasn’t taught by anyone to do this exercise in perspective; he came to it naturally. But what is innate is inherited.

Homepage photo: Will Wissman and Dobber Price

 

 

TransWorld SNOWboarding’s “Nation” Xavier De La Rue Full Part

Xavier De La Rue is the best big mountain snowboarder on the planet. Known for cleaning the heaviest lines anyone’s ever seen, he possesses a composure that keeps him at the top of his game.  A sharp knife is a safe knife type philosophy, Xavier continues to push the boundaries of what is possible…and doing it with precision.  As of now, there isn’t another big mountain snowboarder or skier who can touch what he’s accomplished.  Yes, others are close in the big mountain arena, but in my eyes Xavier has taken it to a whole new level.  Who will be his successors….its an exiting thing to ponder.  Only time will tell.

 

Where’s Waldo

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if you can’t find Waldo hit up Wyatt Caldwell here… he can lend some help

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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Chris Coulter will have to help with this one

AK 2010 Part 3 of 4

in Haines not only are the mountains next level but the scenery is out of hand as well

this was my sixth winter in Alaska and the first time I had the chance to shoot snowboarding. To say the least my stoke with high to capture some shredding

Chris Coulter all about getting the goods

Chris makes it look easy

Coulter with his own impression of Where’s Waldo this line was legit!

Wyatt Caldwell enjoying his first ever bluebird day in Haines

Wyatt was getting after it

Caldwell was figuring things out, he’s an attentive student

snowboards are cool just ask Chris Coulter

Check back next week for our last installment of AK 2010

AK 2010 Part 2 of 4

As always conditions dictate whats available to you in the mountains. After a hit or miss scenario for the first 3 weeks of our trip finally the weather and snowpack stared to lock in. An extended week long high pressure enabled us to start exploring some new zones.

Kent McBride and Friends find something new

Erik Leidecker he was on fire

SEABA part-owner and lead guide Scott Sundberg AKA Sunny getting the goods

Sunny was taking full advantage of the conditions

its a great feeling when your surrounded with quality people!

Erik Leidecker… one of 72 IFMGA mountain guides in the US, co-owner Sawtooth Mountain Guides Idaho, operations manager Sun Valley Heli Ski, student of the illusive facet… all around good guy

Erik doing his thing

Lel Tone… avalanche forecaster Squaw Valley Patrol, lead guide Chugach Powder Guides, level 3 avy, certified EMT, instructor Institute for Avalanche Research (AIARE), licensed blaster in California… all around bad ass

Lel doing here thing

Kent McBride… one in a very select group of guides who holds UIAGM and IFMGA certification in rock, alpine and ski mountaineering…  Kent knows how to show his clients the goods

Reggie Crist… 10 years World Cup downhill US ski team,1 time olympian, 5 consecutive podiums at X-Games, 15 years heli ski experience in Alaska, accomplished in a Kayak and on a surfboard, basically the guy you want sitting next to you in the heli

with this kind of crew things are bound to go your way!

Stay tuned next week for part 3

AK 2010 Part 1 of 4

Haines……

snowed 6 feet at sea level in the first week of our trip

thanks to the boys a SEABA (South East Alaska Backcountry Adventures) and Bruce J. Bauer down days aren’t really that bad

check out SEABA  here

Bruce’s boat The Sundowner

Tom Wayes waiting for skies to clear

a little crab for Reggie Crist and Bryon Friedman

check out some of Bryon’s music Here this guy is amazing

All told we spent the first 13 days watching it rain and snow. Its difficult to sit around knowing what looms just above town. Haines lies directly under some of the most amazing terrain in the world. The peaks tower right out of the ocean stretching into the worlds most perfect spines.

first sunny day in over two weeks looks pretty good up there

spine skiing….. not a lot has to be said here

Lexi duPont finds her perfect spine

Tom Wayes making me jealous

Reggie Crist with a where’s waldo

stay tuned for part 2 next week