Sunday, September 11, 2016

Teton Gravity Research Top 21 Moments (9): One of the Most Magical Lines of Erik Roner's Life

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!

Todd Jones would always send Erik Roner photos of cliffs from around the world. There was this one particular cliff in Haines that was preceded by a tight, exposed 800-foot couloir that Todd knew was perfect for Roner.
When Todd showed Roner the footage of the cliff, it was on. But not for a while, Roner sat on the footage for a few years. Surely, he dreamt about it, and labored over it in his head, until the time was finally right—and he wasn't even nervous.
He skied mighty no-fall jump turns down the couloir and took the leap. "It was one of the best days of our lives," Todd said. "For a couple hours on that one day, we pulled off the impossible."
This footage is among some of the most cherished Todd and Steve have. Roner died in a skydiving accident in September 2015, and it absolutely pummeled the action sports community and those who looked up to him and knew him.
Todd Jones wrote in a piece called, Remembering the Life of Erik Roner, "I'm gonna miss just walking down the road or driving in a car and laughing and smiling with him. Man, that smile. You all know it. His was the biggest smile and the most real one. He really loved the life he lived and never took that for granted. He was always so grateful for everything that came his way. Especially Anika and then Oskar, and the Kasper. Our hearts are gutted. The world is not as cool anymore. Nowhere near as cool."

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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