Editor’s note: This Inertia expedition was made possible by goTenna.
Sitting in a seedy motel room on the outskirts of Sacramento, I thought our trip was over before it started. Three of the best athletes in the action sports world, Danny Davis, Ian Walsh and Nick Russell, were set to meet me for a backcountry hut trip for the ages. But the lodge owner, completely dejected in his own right, had just called to let me know the trip was canceled after an unruly Sierra storm had pummeled the region with rain, creating dangerous conditions.
The production crew was already in place. The transportation was set. Admittedly, I was ready to wave the white flag as well. But a funny thing happened. Those athletes that brands hire to inspire other people and promote surf and snowboard products, inspired me. “We can still make this happen,” Danny told me over the phone. Danny and Ian hopped on a call. I pow-wowed with Ian as well. Then I get the text from Ian who was ready to board a red-eye flight from Maui: “I’ll see you in the morning.”