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Melissa Arnot, In the Aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake
Posted on July 1, 2015

For the past three weeks we’ve been profiling the powerful stories of the earthquake and the aftermath in Nepal. Today, we are publishing the powerful third episode of The Climb from Glamour Magazine, providing insight on Melissa Arnot’s personal and climbing experience during the tragedy as well as her drive to continue the philanthropic efforts of The Juniper Fund—an organization she co-founded with fellow Eddie Bauer guide David Morton to assist families of high-altitude workers killed in the Himalayas.

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Photofitness and Training for Professional Adventure
Posted on June 29, 2015

Seagulls overhead, waves rolling in beneath your feet, and the colors of the morning sky coming alive. Clearly better than the gym. Whidbey Island, WA. P: Mary Skouras.

When we introduced Eddie Bauer Motion, it was with a vision that our new active training style was designed to build fitness, strength, and endurance for mountain missions. For a glimpse into the essence of that adventure training ethic, we asked Live Your Adventure contributing photographer Shannon Skouras—one of the fittest shooters we know—to take us through her perspective on training to keep up with pro mountain athletes, both visually and verbally. What she provided is a very personal take on why fitness is not just her routine, but an integral part of the life she leads.

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Heroes Project Shifts Mission to Helping Nepal After Everest Quake
Posted on June 26, 2015

All that was left is his motorcycle.

For the past two weeks, we’ve been recounting the stories of our guides and athletes who were in Nepal during the catastrophic earthquake that shut down the Everest climbing season and devastated the country. Tim Wayne Medvetz, founder of The Heroes Project—an organization we’ve backed since 2012—was targeting the summit of the world’s tallest peak as the final climb in his organization’s mission to empower wounded amputee warriors up all of the Seven Summits. Medvetz, who was turned back with USMC Staff Sergeant Charlie Linville when the climbing season ended tragically and prematurely in 2014, was on the north side of the mountain when the 2015 earthquake hit. Their mission immediately changed course to helping a country in chaos. 

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The Juniper Fund Expands Support Effort in Nepal
Posted on June 25, 2015

For the past two weeks, we’ve been publishing the firsthand stories of our guides and athletes who were on Mt. Everest and in Nepal when the tragic earthquake hit on April 25. Today is the two-month anniversary of that catastrophic event, which also triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest that claimed 18 lives. After the quake, our guides, athletes, and partner organizations responded on many fronts, but The Juniper Fund—an organization co-founded by Eddie Bauer guides David Morton and Melissa Arnot—was faced with one of the biggest challenges in continuing their direct financial support for the families of the high-altitude workers killed in the tragedies of the past two years.

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David Morton Emphasizes Critical Role of The Juniper Fund in the Aftermath of Everest Tragedy
Posted on June 23, 2015

Tshering Doka Sherpa, mother of Chhiring Ongchu lights candles for her son on the one year anniversary of his passing.

Two months ago, when a magnitude-7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal and triggered a tragic avalanche on Mt. Everest, Eddie Bauer guide and Juniper Fund co-founder David Morton was eighty miles east in Thame. Morton was guiding a longtime client on Kyajo Ri Peak with two Sherpa friends he’d known for years, when the earth started to shake. The immediate struggle for survival turned quickly into a journey of emotional intensity and a realization of the life-shattering nature of the tragedy, especially when the first aftershock hit less than a day later. For Morton, who now serves as executive director of The Juniper Fund, the quake dramatically and suddenly expanded the mission of the philanthropic effort he co-founded with Eddie Bauer teammate Melissa Arnot—to financially support the families of all 27 high-altitude workers lost during the last two tragic seasons on the world’s tallest peak. In the following piece, he describes the critical role of The Juniper Fund and what you can do to help.

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Continuing the Compassion: Jake Norton Revisits Reconstruction in Nepal
Posted on June 18, 2015

Thoughts and Prayers for Nepal. P: Norton

Finding perspective in tragedy is always a tough assignment. Jake Norton, however, has a rare talent to make sense of difficult mountain situations. His words and wisdom have provided solace in the wake of tragedies and inspiration for the cause on many challenging occasions—but none more so than after a devastating earthquake hit Nepal on April 25. While Norton was stateside when the tragedy hit, he jumped into action, organizing a massive grassroots relief campaign through the close connections and very personal relationships he fostered during two decades traveling and climbing in the Himalayas. His dispatches on the devastation generated a groundswell of action and also facilitated Eddie Bauer’s gear donation to the relief effort. Nearly two months later, the world and the media have moved on, but as Norton reminds us, with his powerful words, the work of rebuilding lives and reconstructing a country is only beginning.

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Dave Hahn Recounts the Day the Earth Shook on Everest, Reflects on the Aftermath
Posted on June 16, 2015

Base camp on Everest before the quake.

When a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Nepal in late April, it was a tragedy of global and personal proportions. For many of us, viewing the images of death and destruction from afar was tough enough. But Eddie Bauer guide Dave Hahn was in his tent at Camp I on Mt. Everest when he felt the ground beneath him shaking with fury. Luckily, he survived. He and his team were evacuated to base camp by B3 helicopter, landing in a scene of incredible devastation. After a few weeks of decompression, we asked Hahn to recount and reflect on the disaster. This is his report.

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