When I was snowboarding in the Alps I saw the 1997 X-treme Snowboarding competition in Verbier, Switzerland and I was inspired. At this point, I knew I wanted to compete. When I returned to the U.S., I started checking into the local extreme competitions. Shortly after this, on April 12, 1997, Jennifer Hughes asked me if I wanted to set the vertical record (see Planting The Idea). I knew I had a lot of endurance when it came to snowboarding, and I felt it would be a good way to test myself. I also liked the idea of being the first female snowboarder to set the record. Just over a year on April 20, 1998, we did just that and more...