Saturday, September 10, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (8): That One Time Jamie Pierre Hucked a 255-Foot Cliff

2016 marks Teton Gravity Research 21st birthday. To celebrate TGR's 21st and the Word Premiere of the new film Tight Loose Teton bring us TGR's Top 21 Moments. 21 days prior to the world premiere on September 17 TGR will launch a video a day highlighting the characters and moments that make TGR what it is today!

Jamie Pierre’s cliff obsession could peg him as a madman, but he was a madman with a vision. He saw lines others didn’t.
In one particular instance, he set his eyes on a cliff on the backside of Grand Targhee and studied it for years. Todd would ask why he was up there, and he’d say something along the lines of, "I’m just trying to learn more about it…I’m probing…"
What that was code for: "At the opportune time, I’m gonna huck this thing, whether you’re shooting or not".
That moment came following a massive storm. He called Todd and Steve to let them know it was time. The weather was looking good; nothing was holding him back.
Pierre maintained the upright position until about halfway down the 255-foot cliff. Pretty much everyone knew it was one of those lines you just weren't going to ski out of.
But skiing out wasn't necessarily Pierre's goal. He said, "I just wanted to hold the record for it, even if it was for one day". Ultimately, he needed to get the line out of his system, whatever it took.

Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an extreme sports media company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.The company was founded in 1996 by brothers Steve and Todd Jones, as well as friends Dirk Collins and Corey Gavitt. The group launched the company to create products that came from the perspective of athletes, showcased youth culture, and fostered the growth of high-risk action sports.

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