Eddie Bauer athlete Cory Richards and Eddie Bauer guide Adrian Ballinger are in the process of making an attempt at Mt. Everest’s Northeast Ridge without supplemental oxygen— and they’re chronicling the whole expedition via Snapchat in real time.
The team reached base camp in Tibet on April 27, after a sidetrip through China, dealing with everything from a flight diverted 1,000 miles due to a sandstorm, to confiscated meat provisions. It’s been a wild ride, and all of it has been documented in real-time photos and videos on Snapchat at EverestNoFilter and via Ballinger’s and Richards’ Instagram accounts.
Using new satellite technology and social media to provide a 360-degree view into the pitfalls and triumphs of their expedition isn’t the team’s only goal while on the north side of Everest. They also hope to spark conversations about ways to sustainably and safely climb the world’s tallest peak, not only for expedition climbers themselves, but also for native Tibetan and Nepalese high-altitude workers.
They’re also out to raise awareness for the dZi Foundation (https://dzi.org/), a Nepal-based non-profit helping remote villages rebuild after last year’s natural disasters.
At last check-in, Ballinger and Richards were continuing to acclimatize above 21,000 feet, an important part of their plan to attempt the summit without supplemental oxygen (which fewer than 3% of Everest climbers do.)
Follow their progress in real time at the @EverestNoFilter account on Snapchat, and at Ballinger and Richards’ personal Snapchat accounts, Adrianjb and Crichardsphoto. They’re also posting regularly to their Instagram accounts: @coryrichards and @adrianballinger, and we’ll be following their progress on Eddie Bauer’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Learn more at http://www.everestnofilter.com.Comments (0)
Chris Korbulic and I are lucky. At least that’s what I think. Our job is to travel the world in search of a great paddling adventure. And since there are relatively few places on the planet where water does not flow, we can dream big. But more than that, Chris and I are lucky that we have been able to put up with each other for this long. Paddling together nine years, we have experienced some of the most awesome and stressful situations I can imagine. That’s not to say that it’s perfect. I mean, can you imagine spending months with someone you often don’t share more than a few dozen words with per day? Don’t get me wrong—not every day is like that, but more often than not we live and work together in a sort of comfortable silence, a shared feeling that if we are not on exactly the same page, we are no more than a few paragraphs apart. But our most recent kayaking mission to Myanmar’s Irrwaddy River would put our partnership to the ultimate test: failure.
Words by Ben Stookesberry, Images by Chris Korbulic
Two weeks ago, we published the first episode in season two of our Insider’s Guide series. Eddie Bauer guide and local Taos celebrity Dave Hahn gave us a first-person look into what makes his off-the-beaten path hometown such a unique place and such a powerful vortex. In episode two of our series, Hahn explores the artistic influence of Taos, heads out for a hike up Wheeler Peak and caps it all off with some farm-to-table food and Bavarian drink in the place he calls home.
Camera by Jon Mancuso, Edit by Karl Archer
Pressed by a New York Times reporter in 1923 on why he was so interested in climbing Mt. Everest, George Mallory replied with the three most famous words in mountaineering lore: “Because it’s there.” Mallory’s exploits and his disappearance along with climbing partner Andrew Irvine high on Everest’s Northeast Ridge in 1924 have become the stuff of legend.
That afternoon we’d come out of the Shinjuku subway station spinning slightly, disoriented from a day of van-to-bus-to-plane-to-train travel and the multicolored knot of the Tokyo subway map. We’d spent the past few weeks on the idyllic north island of Hokkaido, where we’d settled into an ultra-peaceful rhythm of quiet days in the mountains and nightly soaks in backcountry onsens. The brightest lights we’d seen had been at the convenience store, where we stocked up on 100-yen rice balls. But it was December 31, we were headed back to the States in a few days, and we felt like there was a lot of the country we hadn’t seen. So, backpacks stuffed with puffies and not-exactly-clean long underwear, we switched modes and headed to Tokyo to see what New Year’s Eve looked like there.
Today is Earth Day, a very special day for us at Eddie Bauer headquarters. To celebrate our reverence for the birthday of the modern environmental movement we’ve been highlighting our primary conservation partnership with American Forests and exploring the environmental motivation behind our philanthropic ambassador Ryan Reynolds.
As the final installment in our Earth Week interview series with the actor and activist, Reynolds explains why spending time in the outdoors is so important and what it means to him personally. He also explains why he strives to help conserve the wild, natural places of our environment for his children.
As our celebration of Earth Week continues with a focus on our conservation partnership with American Forests, we’re thinking about the transformative experiences we’ve had in the forests and mountains of our wild, natural environment. First hikes, first climbs, first backpack or camping trips—this act of opening our eyes to the importance of wilderness has made many of us both lifelong fans and lifelong guardians of our wild spaces.
Our philanthropic ambassador, Ryan Reynolds is no different, and in the second installment in our Earth Week interview series, he explains what first introduced him to the power of the woods and why he feels a duty to preserve and protect our great forests.