Claire Hewitt-Demeyer was asked to guest star in another edition of 90 Seconds of Stoke on Lake Tahoe Television. Check out this compilation of some of last season’s expeditions.
All of our team riders have started heading out on adventures this summer. Claire tells us about her weekend road trip to Yosemite:
After a long winter I am ready to explore the outdoors with warm weather and good friends. To start my 2012 summer off right, we drove out to Yosemite National Park.
My boyfriend Merrick and I left Tahoe at 7:00 am to drive 184.89 miles to Yosemite. After meeting up with a couple of friends we finally reached beautiful Yosemite. The views were breath taking; waterfalls in every direction you look. Massive rocks that tower above you, with a green valley below. With a long day of driving the four of us were eager to put the hiking shoes on and hit the trail. We parked the car and took the free shuttle to Happy Isle where the Mist Trail began. The Mist Trail is 1.5 miles to Vernal Waterfall. Once reaching the top of the falls, we relaxed in the sun for about an hour till we decided to ascend to the top of the upper section of Vernal Falls. After the steep switch backs, we were right below Half Dome. The four of us spent a while looking out over the top of the powerful falls. An hour before sun set we headed back down to the Yosemite Valley. Since we arrived late we were unable to find any camping spots. We were forced to drive 45 minutes to Indian Flats where we paid $40 to camp along Hwy 104L.
6:30am I woke to the sounds of the river and rushing cars. This motivated me to pack up and get my day started. Merrick and I drove back to Yosemite to try and reserve a camping spot and hope for someone to cancel so we could camp inside the park. After putting our names on the list we decided to hike the Upper Yosemite Falls trail. This trail was 3.5 miles that had steep switchbacks that led to an amazing overview of the Yosemite Valley and the falls.
I recommend that everyone take a weekend trip to Yosemite and hike these two trails. After descending the Upper Yosemite falls trail, our legs were so tired. We went back to the rangerâ€™s office to see if we got a camp site; unfortunately there were only 15 cancellations. We were 18 on the list. So we took a bus to the trail head of Mirror Lake. This was a mile hike on a paved road, an easy walk that followed the creek. When we reached the Lake, half dome was towering over us. We relaxed by the water for a while discussing where we were going to lay our heads that night. We were going to try one more time, but the ranger’s office was closed. Luckily, we ran into a couple who just decided to give us their site. Merrick and I ended up getting a free camp site all to ourselves. We grabbed a bottle of wine and made s’mores… a perfect way to end the day.
We woke up on Sunday around 8:00am, packed up our gear, and slowly drove out of Yosemite stopping along the way to take pictures. It took us about an hour and a half to reach hwy 395. We made one last stop at Mono Lake before returning to Tahoe. Mono Lake is an unusual lake in California that has saltwater instead of fresh water. It is alkaline, with a pH of 10, and almost three times as salty as the ocean. The seagulls feed on Brine Shrimp at this lake.
3:00pm we finally arrived back in South Lake Tahoe; drove directly to Zephyr Cove, one of the beaches at Tahoe, and fell asleep in the sun.
I hope you all make it to Yosemite this summer! â€“ Claire Hewitt-Demeyer
This past weekend a few friends and I traveled to Bear Mountain, Ca. If anyone is looking for a fun and affordable mountain, Bear is the place to visit. For $56 you can shred park top to bottom, and at the end of the day you can watch other riders kill it while enjoying a cold beer with friends. Bear Mountain has not only top to bottom park, but they are also very creative with their features and the lay out. Bear creates a perfect flow for every type of rider.
After three days of riding I had a very dark goggle tan and tired legs. Before heading back to Tahoe; Merrick Williams, Lauren Chea and photographer Dylan Warren and I headed to Huntington Beach and L.A. You can’t leave SoCal without seeing the ocean. I wish the water was warm enough to swim in, though the smell and sight of the saltwater was enjoyable enough.
We arrived back in Tahoe Friday night around 9:00 pm. I had to get my rest because I had to be at Sierra Tahoe at 8:30 am the next day to compete in the Billabong Flaunt it finals. when I woke early saturday morning the forecast was calling for 60-100 mile hour winds and snow. Not the best conditions for a slope style, and rail jam. By 9:00 am all the lifts on the mountain were on wind hold, so the director of the Billabong Flaunt it said they were going to take all competitors up to the top of the course by snow cat. Even though it would have been a fun experience to by brought by snow cat for every run, I was not looking forward to hitting a 40ft and 60ft jump with these high winds. A half hour goes by and the winds increased too high to have riders on the mountain so they postponed the event til Sunday. All the girls clapped and cheered, knowing that sunday will have better conditions. Billabong threw a bowling party for all the girls that night to celebrate for tomorrow’s event. The bowling party was a great idea, all the girls really got to know each other, making the on snow event more comfortable and fun.
Sunday morning: I woke to beautiful blue bird sky with 18 new inches on the ground. I could not have asked for a better day. We got to the mountain an hour and a half before the event so we could ride Sierra’s fluffy powder. When the slope style started the course was a little slow because of the new snow, but that did not stop Jessika Jenson from taking 1st place with a $5,000 check! Congrats to her for killing it all day. After we were all treated to lunch we hit the rails. The rail jam went on for an hour, in a jam format. I took a pretty hard fall, knocking the wind out of me. I was pretty scared thinking I broke a rib, but luckily I just could not breathe for a minute. Though I did not place in the Rail Jam I was honored to shred with all of these talented ladies that traveled from all over for the competition. I did however get a shot on snowboarder magazine. Congrats to Breanna Strangeland for taking best trick at the Rail Jam with a $700 check. Words can’t express how much fun I had with these ladies. I hope to see you all next year.
A big thanks to my Sponsors Akinz Boardwear, Flow Snowboards, Shred Betties and Essi Eye Wear
Above photos by Dustin Miller
In this sad sad winter of no snow, the land out west, AKA Tahoe has been getting the worst of it, but Claire hasn’t let that stop her, she’s filling up her weekends with rail jam time. Here’s a little update from our western team rider, Claire Hewitt-Demeyer.
I am competing in the USASA rail jam series for 2011/2012. USASA has hosted two events in South Lake Tahoe so far. The first competition was held off of HWY 50 by Reagan beach. A lot of locals came out to compete and have a great time! On 12/3/11 twenty five competitors came to Tahoe for the 1st USASA rail jam series. I took 2nd place in the event. The second USASA rail jam was hosted this weekend 1/6/12, this event also was a competition to get an invite to the Winter X Games in Aspen Co. I took 1st place, Natasha Sagucka took 2nd, and Julianne Brackett took 3rd. Along with taking 1st place I took runner up for the invite to the Aspen winter X Games. I hope that you can all make it to the 3rd event on 2/3/12 go to Usasa.org
(photo by Nathan Vetter)
I did two competitions this weekend the other being the Volcom Peanut Butter Rail jam. Volcom’s 1st stop of the Peanut Butter and rail jam was at Sierra Resort in Tahoe. The set up was a lot of fun: a down flat down, pole jam to pole bonk, and a down rail. There was a lot of great talent that showed up for event. Everyone gave it their all! Here are the results of the competition: Girls: 1st Rebeccas Bruce, 2nd Fancy Rutherford, 3rd Julianne Bracket, 4th Claire Hewitt-Demeyer, and 5th Tasha Sagucka. The top five finalists of each division got an invite to the championship in Mammoth Ca, April 21, 2012 for a winning of $20,000.
I want to thank my sponsors: Flow Snowboards, Akinz Boardwear, Essi Eyewear, and Shred Betties Magazine.
Good news everyone, I am back out there on my snowboard! I am now recovered from a painful injury back in November, when I fell perfecting a 270 on an urban down rail at Boreal Mountain, CA. The only beneficial part about breaking my Humerus, is that I was able to return back to Colorado for two months to visit family and friends in: Summit County, Aspen, Glenwood, Steamboat, and Park City, Utah. I returned to South Lake Tahoe, Ca on February 5th, it felt great to be back and see my Tahoe friends!
As soon as I got home, I started snowboarding without my sling. I took it easy for a couple of weeks to give my arm a little more time to heal. This past week the snow conditions have been great, the snow really allowed my friends and I the chance to explore and find new places we can shoot. The black and white photo was taken in South Lake Tahoe back country. After a 45 minute hike this was the second pillow line we found. I could not stop smiling after dropping it. The wall ride photo was out by North shore Tahoe, this photo shoot never had a dull moment. We arrived at 11:30 and didn’t leave till 5, all the riders got a few great shots and I know everyone left with a smile on their face. This Last photo is of myself representing my new Flow Snowboard! The photo was taken right before we left North Shore Tahoe. I want to thank photographer Geno Fonderoli for all of his hard work and in helping me get the best shot.
I also want to give a BIG THANKS out to my sponsors; Flow Snowboards, Shred Betties Magazine, Akinz Boardwear, Onus Arts, and Essi Eye Wear!
Boreal decided to open up to all that cared to trek to Southern Cali for a day of fun in July and of course our newly California-local rider, Claire Hewitt-Demeyer, trekked out there to get her shred on and snag some pics. See what Claire had to say about the day:
Snowboarding in the middle of the summer, is there anything better? Boreal brought a smile to every local rider in California this weekend! They opened one lift, with a run including two jumps and eight jib features. Boreal was charging only $20 to shred from ten till two! every rider/skier came to the resort with great vibes, it was another amazing day in Cali! I to want give a big thanks out to Nathan Vetter for posting up and taking some great shots! Boreal will be opening in October for some early pre season riding. Hope everyone out there is going for a never summer like myself!