Further poster. Photo: Teton Gravity Research
Earlier this week, Jeremy Jones and TGR released the trailer for the movie Further. It's the second installment in a trilogy of movies that follows the snowboarder around the world. In Further, Jones explores, camps, and splitboards remote terrain from Japan to Austria to Alaska. The movie will debut in Jones' home of Tahoe, California, at Squaw Valley on September 7. You can also pre-order DVD copies of the movie to be shipped on September 17. We caught up with Jones by email to find out a bit more about the movie.
What were the reactions you received for Deeper?
I was thinking that only backcountry riders would like it, but Deeper had a much bigger audience then I ever imagined.
How is Further different than Deeper?
With Deeper I focused on ranges I knew very well and then went deeper into them. Meaning I went to the hard-to-reach areas of the ranges that could not be reached with machines or within a day's hike. I learned a lot in the process and gained confidence and evolved the approach with Further. I focused on ranges and areas I had never been before and new very little about.
How have you changed mentally and physically since splitboarding?
I have ridden so many awesome lines in my life so these days I am looking for that ultimate mountain experience and to really challenge myself. I seek situations that require all my knowledge and physical abilities, places that I could not have gotten to a day, week, or month earlier because I did not have the strength or knowledge until that day.
You're 37 now. Have you changed the way you approached the mountains as you've gotten older? If so, how?
I have become more focused and calculated in assessing risks and I turn back on lines a lot more these days.
What was the most challenging aspect of shooting this movie?
Saying goodbye to my family is really hard. I am doing two trips a year but they are each a month long and to wild and untamed places that can be very unhospitable at times. And getting out of a warm sleeping bag every morning and putting on frozen boots never gets easy.
The most rewarding aspect of shooting this movie?
The moment I drop into a dream line that I have been dissecting for weeks. To get to that spot takes dealing with logistics, assessing snow conditions, figuring out how to safely climb the line. So much work goes into getting to that moment and it is payoff time. It feels like flying. It is the ultimate high.