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Staff Adventures - George Covalla - Snowshoeing in Palm Springs

When you think of Palm Springs you think of lounging poolside sipping on a beverage at the Ace, Bob Hope's Mansion and mid century architecture, not a foot of fresh powder. Believe it or not just 10 minutes out of downtown Palm Springs you can take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (worlds largest rotating tram car) up 8,516 feet to Mt San Jacinto State Park and enjoy some really beautiful scenery with over 50 miles of hiking trails. Once we arrived at the top we headed for the Forest Service building to obtain a day permit to hike into the trails in the backcountry of the park. At the end of the day the permit is dropped off in a drop...

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Introducing GLCR Advocate - Robbie Sell

Former professional snowboarder and expert adventurer, Robbie Sell, has journeyed vastly throughout North America while living in his VW van. We are pleased to welcome Robbie to the 686 family and introduce him as a GLCR Advocate. Age? Younger than Kevin Jones, Older than Red Gerard. Where did you grow up? Truckee, the North Lake Tahoe area How long have you been snowboarding? Since 1991, I think?? How long have you been shooting photos? I started taking photography serious the last couple years of my pro snowboard career (2005ish), even shooting with 686 superstars Pat McCarthy, Stephen Duke, & Ryan Thompson! How long have you been living the van life? I was car camping for about a year, traveling over 25,000 miles...

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Introducing GLCR Advocate - Jason Hatfield

From shooting photos to cross-country and ultra-running, 32 year old Jason expresses his passion and excels in both. Jason Hatfield, welcome to 686 and the GLCR Project. Where did you grow up?  Grew up in Grand Rapids, Ohio, a small rural town on the Maumee River near Toledo. How long have you been shooting photos/video?  I've been shooting digital for 11 years now and film for a few years before that. What got you into what you're doing?  I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that loved camping and we spent a lot of my childhood camping around Michigan and taking trips out west. I knew I wanted to live near the mountains and the longer I...

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Introducing GLCR Advocate - Darren Rayner

As a photographer and filmer, Darren Rayner works in the trenches just as much as the athletes he captures. This profession takes him into unique places and into harsh elements. His commitment to his craft is worth acknowledgement. Welcome to the 686 family and the GLCR Project Darren.   Age? 32 Where did you grow up? Bangkok, Thailand. Moved to Canada at age 16 and had never seen snow. How long have you been snowboarding? 16 years. How long have you been shooting photos/video? I have been shooting for 10 years now. Started filming my friends skate, mountain bike and snowboard while in university. Check out 'Voleurz Spirit Team' to get an idea of what we were up to... Are you working...

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Introducing GLCR Advocate - Jen Callahan

From competitive Freeride skiing to leading rock climbing adventures, 25 year old from Virginia City, Nevada ,Jen Callahan, lives a diverse life that puts her in conditions. We are excited to make Jen a part of 686 and the GLCR Project.  How long have you been skiing and climbing? I've been skiing for 20 years and climbing for 8 years. What got you into the activities? I started skiing under instruction from my dad who is a retired ski racer. He would build jumps in the front yard that I would hit while wearing a bathing suit in the spring after all the resorts would close. The neighbors complained about that. Started skiing more seriously in 2010 due to an amazing winter...

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