Nick Russell takes his days one super-exposed, backcountry line at a time.

With an untamed look and an attitude as laid-back as they come, Nick Russell has the mountain man vibe nailed. After a serious bout in the hospital for a streptococcus infection, Nick returned to ride some of the biggest mountains around. A strong proponent of human-powered recreation, you can find Nick skinning up places like Cerro El Plomo in Chile or the Sierra Nevadas. The slower pace of splitboarding gives him an intimate experience with the magnitude of Mother Nature—and makes each powder turn that much more rewarding.