Photo (C) Dennis Katinas
Creating a new event from scratch is always a daunting task. Especially when the new event is something as epic as the 2012 Winter Teva Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer.
With something like the Teva Mountain Games we like to share as much video and photography as we can. We hate telling you why something like the Teva Mountain Games is cool. We'd much rather show you and allow you to make your own decisions. With any luck you like what you see and get excited.
After a successful Summer 2011 Teva Mountain Games we immediately started looking at ways to show you how cool we thought the Winter event was going to be. Instantly we realized a problem... we have never done this event before and had nothing to work with. No video... no photos... nothing. All we had was a slate of rad events and a website that was pretty lame without photos and videos. To complicate things even further many of the events we are doing are by no means mainstream. Compelling video and photos for things like big-air snow biking or a ski mountaineering race is already hard to come by.
In the end we hired a great production company out of Boulder called Louder Than 11 to help us put together a four part pre-event web series showcasing select sports at the Winter event. It was really L11's creative direction and vision that made what you see below possible. They have spent countless hours sifting through whatever video we could get our hands on in addition to shooting on location in Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park and Loveland Pass.
I was fortunate to lead this project from the Vail Valley Foundation side of things and still cannot believe I got paid to belay Josh Wharton (one of the world's best alpine climbers), make a couple turns with Pete Swenson (race director for the Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup) and kick it with Jeff Lenosky and Adam Hauk in Boulder (both Teva athletes and Summer TMG winners).
As we worked through each spot and had the chance chat with Josh, Pete, Jeff and Adam it was fun to see how excited each of them are to bring this event to Vail in the Winter. We hope you get excited also. Enjoy the first three web shorts below and be on the lookout for one more piece specific to Mixed Climbing with Josh to be released soon!
PART 1: 2012 WINTER TEVA MOUNTAIN GAMES PREVIEW
PART 2: 2012 WINTER TEVA MOUNTAIN GAMES PREVIEW - SKIMO
PART 3: 2012 WINTER TEVA MOUNTAIN GAMES PREVIEW - TEVA BIKE
We have to thank a lot of people for helping us out with photos and videos. Thanks a ton guys... see you February 10-12 when hopefully we can collect some amazing photos and videos of our own!
Ian Anderson/ Backbone Media
Rock & Ice Magazine
Daniel Dunn/ CBST Adventures
Red Bull Media House/ Austria's White Style Event
Rich Crowder/Jon Glassberg/Jordan Shipman - Louder Than 11