“The notion that there’s one dream that we’re all after, and agreed upon ways in which you can verify that you are indeed living that dream drives me crazy,” says Forest McBrian. “Everyone’s dream is a little bit different. If there is a dream that we all lust after, then we’re all just trying to do what’s pushed by the media. So, yeah, this trip felt like an act of rebellion. Like, ‘This is what we think is cool. We’re going to do what we think is cool.’”
In May of 2017, Forest and his friend and fellow ski guide Trevor Kostanich spent a month traversing the North Cascades from Snoqualmie Pass to the Canadian Border (well, almost) in a style that broke all the rules of an epic mountain expedition—in the best way possible.