Legends in my book……

Life is something not to be taken for granted as it may be over before you know it.  This week two great souls moved on from this world and I truly believe these two lives were not taken for granted.  Wray E. Landon IV and Charles Russell Johnson both passed away doing what they love and making every living breath have a purpose.  They were both an inspiration to many and their legacies will be remembered for a long time to come.  

The Teton community held a memorial for Everyday Wray on Sunday at the Teton Teepee in Alta, WY.  As expected there was a large crowd with great stories to tell.  Everyone was to do something in the outdoors that day to remember Wray and then attend the memorial.  Here is a video of a run I skied for my old friend on Sunday.

On the subject of remembering greats, please see the note below from Chris Adams at Marker/Volkl.  They are auctioning off a custum made gibson guitar and 100% of the proceeds will go to Shane McConkey’s family.

Wray, C.R. and Shane……..you are all legends in my book.

Mike Leake

“Hello all Marker athletes and Industry Friends,

By now I hope you have all heard of our partnership with the good people at Gibson Guitars. They made us three custom, one-of-a-kind instruments featuring Marker & Volkl graphics. We are launching the Marker auction today, and it is the most important one, so we need your help.

All proceeds (every single cent) of the final auction price will go to Shane McConkey’s wife Sherry and daughter Ayla. We will also add to the total amount. The auction is currently live on-line at www.markerusa.com:


The auction will conclude next Friday, March 12, at 12:00 midnight Eastern Standard Time. We need you, our athletes, partners, colleagues, and friends to help us increase awareness of the auction so that we can raise as much money as possible. Please forward this email, post on your own websites and blogs, post to your Facebook pages, twitter feeds, etc. I have attached a couple of photos.

How do I bid? Click on the “Bid Now” button on the link above. You will be asked to set up a user name and password. Once you do this, it will work much like ebay. IMPORTANT for international bidders: the username and password form is in USA address format.  To overcome this, simply place “NH” in the State field and leave the rest blank. This will allow you to register. If you have any problems registering, please reply to this email and I will help.

Can I see the guitar before the auction? If you live in Northern California, yes. The guitar will be displayed at Granite Chief ski shop starting later this week. It will also be only display the last night of the auction at Plaza Bar/Bar One in Squaw Valley. We will have more details on this event in the next few days.

What if I don’t play guitar? Doesn’t matter. It’s a collector’s piece. You can always donate it to a third party (like a music charity) or perhaps even to Shane’s family.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give us with this effort. It is very much appreciated. The final donation will be made through http://shanemcconkey.org/

Best regards,


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  • About Teton FreeRide

    Teton FreeRide is a content based blog founded and operated by Mike "Mikey" Leake. Mikey has lived in the Teton Valley region of southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming most of my life. He has also had the opportunity to live and play in the Lake Tahoe area, and now, Alaska too!

    After competing on the Freeskiing World Tour on-and-off for 10 years Mikey has transitioned to judging various events and become an advisory board member with the International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association (IFSA). Over the past 13 years he has worked in the ski industry through skiing as an athlete, coach, guide, ski patrol, event coordinator, event judge, marketing consultant, team manager, videographer, and as an associate producer. Mikey has a true passion for the outdoor industry and tries to be involved in every aspect possible.