Monday, September 3, 2018

Kishtwar Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding - January 2018

During the dry January of 2018, I traveled to the Kishtwar region of Southeastern Kashmir to quest for first ski & snowboard descents with snowboarders Neil Provo, Nick Russell, and Gray Thompson. The three of them brought splitboards with them, which are a style of snowboard that splits in half, allowing you to walk uphill on the two parts of the board. More about that here.

The trip went as well as it could have with the low amount of snow. We accomplished a descent of a nice couloir in the region, found a lot more for the future, and caught a nice powder day in Gulmarg to cap off the trip.

If you'd like to learn more about ski touring, splitboarding, ski mountaineering, and snowboard mountaineering in Kishtwar and in the Himalayas, send me a message.

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Some images of the trip:

Gray Thompson cutting hot pow in the birch trees of Gulmarg, Kashmir.

Nick Russell on a cold morning of fresh pow in Gulmarg.

Neil Provo flowing through Kashmiri powder.

A tea stop in Kishtwar.

Touring in Kishtwar National Park

Booting a couloir in Kishtwar National Park

Big terrain for ski and snowboard mountaineering in Kishtwar, India.

Self-supported backcountry skiing and snowboarding carrying everything on your back
 More of Luke Smithwick's Himalaya #skiing projects:

Ladakh Ski Mountaineering: http://ascentbackcountry.com/exploratory-ski-touring-in-the-himalayas/.
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