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Kyle Miller Takes Splitboarding to a Whole New Level

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Extreme athletes often shout about their accomplishments. But Kyle Miller is a rare breed, a pioneering splitboarder who has quietly ticked off an impressive list of ascents and descents in the Cascades.

A local at Crystal Mountain, Kyle’s mission started in 2007 when he summited, then rode, the five tallest volcanoes in the Cascades. Kyle hit full stride the following year, becoming the first to climb the entire top 25 Northwest volcanoes.

After recovering from that exhaustive feat, Kyle set his sights higher and pushed deeper tackling a massive project to ride the ten North Cascade subranges followed b the 10 highest peaks in Washington.

Lately his focus has been on traversing the remote high country of the Cascades including The Picket Range and the American Alps Traverse. In the process Kyle has raised the splitboard bar, laying down more than 100 defining lines that speak for themselves.

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Kyle Miller getting after it

Every season splitboarder Kyle  sets his sights high. In June of this year Kyle and his climbing partner Jason Hummel planned on traversing the as-yet-unclimbed American Alps Traverse.

And they succeeded.

What does it take to attempt such a grueling and formidable objective? How do you dig deep enough to traverse 120 miles and climb 60,000 feet in the heart of the most rugged range in the lower 48?

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Join me on The Edge Radio this Wednesday at 8 am as I talk to Kyle about his mission to raise the bar on exploration, splitboarding and getting out on the edge.

Avalanche Video

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Kyle Miller recently posted a video on his website: Where Is Kyle Miller? featuring Crystal’s backcountry. While the first six minutes or so showcase lovely powder turns, with face shots clouding the lens, it’s the last few seconds of the video that I find worth watching. The camera captures a rider dropping into a chute off the backside of Crystal and cutting off a large, cohesive slab. Fortunately neither of the riders were caught in the slide, but the debris piling up against the trees at the bottom demonstrates the danger of this slide.

I’ve heard a few skiers calling the backcountry conditions “solid” lately. They are anything but. Huge slab avalanches have occurred in the b.c. around Mt. Hood Meadows, Mt. Baker Ski Area and Crystal Mountain. Avalanche hunters beware.