On December 28th 2014, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Asymbol, and TGR hosted an evening with Travis Rice, Jeremy Jones, Zahan Billimoria, and Steve Jones where the unique elements involved in creating Higher were discussed, specifically the Otter Body line on the Grand Teton. The work that goes in to something like this begins long before you put board to snow. "We can't fool ourselves into thinking that we can eliminate the risk on a line like that" stated Exum Guide Zahan Billimoria. All proceeds from the event went to Protect Our Winters.
In Part 2 of The Otter Body Experience, Jeremy discusses the factors that go into a trip like this. You have to balance weather, production crews, and your own decision making. Jeremy states that it is easy to get caught up in the moment and just go for it, but true respect of the mountains is required to ride a line like the Otter Body.
Check out Part 1 here and watch the full talk below: