Pennywise and the Spearhead Traverse

The first time I did the Spearhead Traverse in a day, my brother Andy and I were on secura fixes, purple skins, and some random 200 cm race skis. At the end of the traverse we heard that Pennywise, an iconic punk band, was playing a gig that night in Whistler. They ended up playing two sold out shows that night. We were exhausted, but went to both shows…. I still remember high fiving Dan Treadway at 3am, near the end of the second show at Merlins. Fast forward…. years later…. I found myself on a clear beautiful day with Josh Hall, Rudy Benes and my brother Andy. Aboard a sick set up (ION binding, G3 Synapse ski, Alpinist skins) Andy I were aiming to complete Spearhead Traverse #20 and #24 respectively. We just can’t get enough I guess.

And guess what happened at the end of the traverse? Josh mentioned that Pennywise was playing in Vancouver. "Would you like to go?" He asked. "I have a bunch of tickets".  My answer was obvious. As I finish writing this, I can say I survived another session of the Pennywise mosh pit bliss, and am looking forward to as more Spearhead laps in the future. Long live winter, and Pennywise. -Mike

Spearhead Ski Traverse (20) (24) photo DISSENTLABS skier Mike TraslinSpearhead Ski Traverse (20) (24) photo DISSENTLABS skier Mike Traslin

Spearhead Ski Traverse. ION binding. photo DISSENTLABS skier Mike TraslinSpearhead Ski Traverse. ION binding. photo DISSENTLABS skier Mike Traslin

Spearhead 24 Last pitch.. skier Andy TraslinSpearhead 24 Last pitch.. skier Andy Traslin

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