Eddie Bauer had its sights set on Everest when our pioneering brand partnered with a team of world-class guides in 2007 to develop advanced mountaineering gear that would excel in harsh, high-altitude environments such as the Himalaya. The First Ascent line launched in 2009 and in three short years this monumental development effort brought the storied brand back to the pinnacle of high-altitude technology with a succession of award-winning, guide-tested products from the Katabatic Tent, Alchemist Pack and Karakoram sleeping bag to the MicroTherm Down Sweater and the BC MicroTherm Down Jacket 2.0.
During the 2012 Everest climbing season, both the Eddie Bauer West Ridge and Eddie Bauer South Col 50th anniversary expeditions were equipped with First Ascent Alchemist Packs that excelled in the harsh weather and thin air of the world’s tallest mountain. To skeptics the pinnacle performance of the First Ascent line was a surprise, but for climbers who knew the history of Eddie Bauer’s deep connection to pioneering expeditions in the golden age of mountaineering, it was simply a return to our roots of outfitting the world’s best climbers with exceptional gear built specifically for the job.
One of those climbers is women’s record holder Melissa Arnot. In this gear-intensive video she breaks down why the Gear of the Year award-winning Alchemist 40L pack is her choice for climbing the world’s tallest peak.
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