Words & Photos: T. Bird

About a year and a half ago, I had an idea to do a feature story on Jeremy Jones. In theory, it would be relatively simple, as all that I assumed would be required was spending some time with this legendary big mountain rider that I had watched on the television for so long from the comfort of my couch. In practice, it was a much more complicated endeavor. You see, in order to "spend time" with Jeremy Jones, you've got two options; the first of which is pretty easy. Drive to Tahoe, stay at his house, meet his family, and sit down for a few interviews with him. The second option, however, proved far more arduous, because when Jeremy Jones isn't at home with his wife and children, he's camped out in the farthest stretches of the globe, where resources are minimal and mundane, daily tasks can become Herculean feats of circadian accomplishment. And so I signed on for a two-week camping excursion in the Arctic Circle, following Jeremy and Terje Haakonsen 150 miles north of Longyearbyen, the northernmost settlement in the world, as they searched for rideable terrain in an infinite abyss of frozen tundra while filming for Jeremy's follow up to “Deeper”, titled “Further”. Though the story I wrote about Jeremy Jones doesn't divulge much about our trip to the Arctic, I learned a lot about him and I got the time I needed in order to write the feature, and it was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding adventures of my life.