World weary gonzo narrative is easy to attempt and almost impossible to pull off, but Nick Waggoner and crew at Sweetgrass have absolutely, positively crushed it in this short travelogue of aiming upriver through the jungle to ski the Peruvian Cordillera. With storytelling like this, the hell with skiing. Did I just say that? I did, cause, holy smokes, when Waggoner went against the current with Ptor Spricenieks, accurately described as “the weirdest man in skiing”, and two guides nicknamed Gilligan and Skipper, with cameras rolling, the result is compelling, itchy, fervid, and freakin’ terrific.
It’s one beautiful creepy incident after another, with the perfect tone and embellishment from the voiceover. It might not make you want to travel into the jungle, but it’ll make you watch anything Sweetgrass serves up.
“As we lie down to sleep we packed our ears with cotton, stonewalling a tropical moth otherwise set on impregnating our ears with larvae. Sweet dreams.”
Sweet dreams, indeed.
Declination is other places, other spaces, and the things that happen there.