Tsirku is a 3 part series produced by Sherpa Cinema for The North Face that follows Ralph Backstrom, Sam Anthamatten and Hadley Hammer deep in to the wilderness of Canada’s Yukon Territory for an adventure to ride the ultimate spines of a legendary peak called Corrugated.
Episode 1: No Man’s Land
In late March of 2016, the team arrived at a base camp in Haines Pass, a region straddling the borders of the Yukon, British Columbia and Alaska. While awaiting better conditions to venture onto the Tsirku Glacier, they took the opportunity to explore the terrain surrounding Haines Pass by helicopter.
Episode 2: The Drop In
Faced with a sixty-kilometer snowmobile route across a massive glacier marked by crevasses, seracs, severe wind, and avalanche terrain, the journey soon became as relevant to the story as the destination. Due to the constantly changing weather and snow conditions, the team took over a week to develop the route and drop fuel and gear caches before completing the full day mission from Haines Pass to Corrugated basecamp.
Episode 3: Corrugated
One last thing stood in between the athletes and the face of Corrugated; mammoth cornices were blocking their access. Led by Mountain Guide Sam Anthamatten, the team works together to find their way onto the spine wall.