After all the footage was reviewed and compared, it was clear that Graham Haywood had earned the title of Alpha Wolf for the 2011-2012 winter season. His insatiable hunger for the gnar propelled him off the biggest cliffs with the nastiest tricks all winter long. Unafraid of hucking backflips or belly flops, his presence and energy in the mountains was inspiring for the whole wolf pack.
But it wasn't all pow and glory for him this winter. He had to endure severe adversary all winter - a dilapidated skidoo. Despite sinking upwards of $2000 into his sled in repairs, it was problematic right from the get go of winter. Mechanial issues threatened to ground his high flying aspirations. But the wolf pack craved to run glaciers with our kin and we shared sled resources to keep the pack together. Eventually he would get his sled operational... but the mechanicals would persist.
Midway through the winter, his sled was again out of operation. Fortunately his father had recently purchased a four-stroke Yamaha Phazer for motoring around the farm in Pemberton. However, this machine was not intended for backcountry snowmobiling. With no other alternative, Haroo took to sledding with the Yammy. Riding on it felt like hanging off the outside of a clown car. His brightly colored ski apparel matched this image.
Since last winter, Haroo has had the good fortune to upgrade his sled into a new 2013 Ski-doo E-tec. Alpha Wolf was rewarded for his efforts and now will be riding the Alpha sled. He's just itching to ski again. Back in mid-october he was already scooting up the Black Tusk to go skiing. He's jonesing for action and he tells me he's really going to crank it up a few notches this winter.
Peep the shred video above and peep the interview below.