Casey Brown and Cam McCaul became the first mountain bikers to descend the legendary Jackson Hole feature
By Linda Tanner / November 29, 2017
Corbet’s Couloir in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has an international reputation among big-mountain skiers for its committing, corniced entrance and sustained pitch. First skied by patroller Lonnie Ball in 1967, the mandatory 10-20-foot drop into one of Jackson Hole’s most aesthetic lines has become a rite of passage for countless adrenaline-seekers.
In Rogue Elements, Teton Gravity Research’s latest ski film, Corbet’s saw a first descent of a different type. Two mountain bikers—Trek Factory rider Casey Brown and freeride veteran Cam McCaul—became the first people to ever tackle the Couloir on two wheels. See their run in the clip above.
Brown admitted that she didn’t know what to expect when she dropped into Corbet’s aboard her Trek Session last June. “It was really committing, and I didn’t really know what the outcome was going to be. I just looked at the first couple steps, not what was going to come next,” she said, adding, “I put my full trust in Cam.”
McCaul had been slated to do the run solo. When it looked like his schedule wasn’t going to work out, he tapped Brown to be his substitute.
“Cam has known me for a few years, and has done a couple of snow projects with me, so he knew I was up for it” said Brown, a former Queen of Crankworx.
When it turned out both riders could make the shoot, the result was this mind-boggling video, shot partially with cameras rigged to the underside of the Jackson tram. Brown said she and McCaul used regular non-studded tires, and salted the jump landings to keep the snow from getting too soft in the spring sun. Read the Full Article.