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Mason Earle and Erik Leidecker Climb Bugaboo Classics—Part One
Posted on October 20, 2014

Mason Earle and Erik Leidecker studying the guidebook with the Minaret and South Howser Tower in the background

The granite spires of the Bugaboos in the Purcell Range of Interior BC are legendary for classic big-wall climbs in a remote and stunning location. Known as one of the greatest alpine playgrounds in all of North America, Bugaboo Provincial Park holds a long list of classic climbs with deep history in the rock world. What better way for us to celebrate Rocktober on the Live Your Adventure blog, than chronicling a modern alpine classic in the famous towering range. Eddie Bauer climbers Mason Earle and Erik Leidecker heli-dropped into the Bugs this fall to see what they could climb during a perfect high-alpine window, and this is Mason’s first of three reports from the trip.

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Lynsey Dyer Talks Power and Resonance at the Pretty Faces Seattle Premiere
Posted on October 17, 2014

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Last night, Lynsey Dyer’s Pretty Faces premiered to a sold-out Seattle crowd at the Mountaineers clubhouse at their hometown headquarters. It was a monumental event, charged with a 500-strong representation of female skier energy and featuring a touching moment-of-scream tribute to the late Liz Daley, a friend of SheJumps and Dyer’s teammate, who died tragically in an avalanche in Patagonia in September. But even in the midst of heartbreak, the positive energy that is Pretty Faces keeps rolling along on a sold-out streak of shows attended by fathers with daughters, girls who rip, and women empowered by the underlying message inherent in the on-screen story of a skier girl.

The short story is that Pretty Faces is a great ski film, incorporating everything from stories of ski-town employment to the pioneering women of freeskiing, and, giving voice to women who have been overlooked in the bro-dominated world of ski film for far too long. It tackles so many facets of ski life from a woman’s perspective, but connects on deeper, personal levels and never gets bogged down. The segments and lines are impressive and the Alaska footage is not only sick but also laced with the underlying emotion of skiing lines of a lifetime. It follows a story arc woven together expertly with skill, heart and emotion by Dyer and her crew of Unicorn Picnic Productions. The message of on-hill empowerment is strong and has resonated universally with audiences at every screening so far. We sat down with Dyer before the big night to get her response to the on-tour experience. This is what freeskiing’s rising filmmaker had to say.

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Trevor Frost Reports on Africa’s Serengeti and the Wildebeest Migration
Posted on October 15, 2014

Two African elephants wander the savannah in late afternoon golden light in Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Eddie Bauer adventure travel guide Trevor Frost has crisscrossed the continents this year, but his stopover in Africa for a safari in the Serengeti ranks as one of his most memorable experiences of all time. “Writing from the edge of the Rift Valley,” reported Trevor after his trip tracking the largest mammal migration on earth. “I have a view of blue hills and farms in the valley below as I write this, and gelada monkeys are walking right behind me. Internet on my phone was supposed to work where I am, but it does not; however, I did manage to connect with a computer dongle.” So with glacial upload speed, Trevor sent us this post-safari report from Africa, his favorite continent.

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Caroline George Climbs the Classic Desmaison Route on the Pic de Bure
Posted on October 14, 2014

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When Eddie Bauer guide Caroline George suggested we take a look at her photos from the Pic de Bure, a classic and historic climbing objective in the Southern Alps, we were intrigued. “This route was put up by René Desmaison in 1961 , a legend of this time and all his routes are significant,” reported Caroline. “Back in the day, the gear wasn’t what he have today and it was a proud achievement to climb such a steep, difficult and loose rock face. At the time, rock climbing didn’t exceed 5.8-5.9 in Europe and people resorted to a lot of aid climbing. This route is sustained and difficult and the route finding can be tricky. It gets a lot of bad weather and cold temperatures, which add to the severity of the climb.”  To us, it sounded like a great story to launch Rocktober on the Live Your Adventure blog.

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Ben Stookesbery Reflects on the End of Destination Torngat
Posted on October 9, 2014

Looking back upstream from the take out of the Nachvak River

We tracked the Destination Torngat kayak expedition—both literally and figuratively—through the remote reaches of Northern Labrador for six weeks this summer. Audio dispatches, field reports via sat uplink, coordinate updates from their DeLorme inReach device, and a steady stream of stunning images from one of the most remote places on earth. Ben Stookesberry, Chris Korbulic, and the crew are back home safely and reflecting on the epic after paddling an ancient canoe route down the George River, completing the second descent of the Ford River, ticking a no-portage descent of the 18 waterfalls of the Nachvak River, and surviving an expedition of a magnitude that trumps most we have seen.

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Seth Waterfall Shares Mountain Training Tips for Big Peaks
Posted on October 8, 2014

Seth summiting Kili

Seth Waterfall has summited Everest three times. He’s also skied from the summits of Denali and Mount Waddington, and guided countless clients up Kilimanjaro, Denali, and Mt. Rainier, a peak he has summited 137 times by seven different routes. As the weather transitions from climbing to skiing season, and shoulder season training kicks into high gear, we asked Seth to provide us with his tips and perspective on mountain training.

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Park City Gold; Singletrack in the Shoulder Season
Posted on October 7, 2014

Ben Peter mountain biking the Wasatch Crest, Utah

As part of Eddie Bauer’s fall shoulder season campaign, we traveled to Park City, Utah, to experience the calm of a mountain town in a quieter time. Park City is famous in mountain circles. But more than the glitzy annual film fest and ski-area corporations wrestling over land-lease ownership, the town is newsworthy in our sphere for its extensive and publicly funded network of mountain bike trails. The first IMBA gold-level mountain biking destination in the world, Park City features lift-access freeriding at all three ski areas, community-built flow trails in Bob’s Basin, the public Trailside Bike Park, and more than 400 miles of buff public singletrack within easy striking distance of historic Main Street, with many trailheads accessible by public local transit. To get the full rundown and the firsthand experience, we connected with Scott House, co-founder of Mountain Biking Park City, for a day of riding and a recap on the trails of this world-renowned singletrack destination.

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