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Expedition Rewind: Las Lenas, Argentina
Posted on November 5, 2014

Chris Coulter races the sunset and the oncoming storm in Las Lenas in 2011. Photo: Will Wissman

As First Ascent celebrates five years, we’ve picked the top 10 global migrations from our list of 53 official guide team trips. Especially with trips that ranged from Waddington to Haines to the red rock visuals of Southern Utah, it was tough to choose which ski trips make the cut, but we knew we had to place Las Lenas, Argentina on the list. If you didn’t catch the “you should have been here” reports the first time, the First Ascent ski and shred team – Chris Coulter, Reggie Crist, Zach Crist, Lynsey Dyer, and Lel Tone – migrated south to track the Santa Rosa storm and slay some of the most mind-blowing lift-access backcountry terrain in the world.

Lynsey Dyer on a perfecto day in Las Lenas

“It’s the kind of stuff that summer dreams are made of: a meter of fresh, cold temps, no wind, blue skies and we are waiting in the Marte lift line in Las Leñas, Argentina.” Reggie Crist wrote about the all-time migration to Argentina. “We have the entire venue to ourselves. Weaving around rock features, I gravitate toward a prominent spine and begin slashing turns towards the valley floor before launching a small air off the nose and into the gully. Ahead, I can see Claudio raising his hands skyward. It’s a memorable opener and quite possibly the best resort run of my life.”

Reggie Crist sending it through the goalposts in Las Lenas

Days of fresh pow were followed by snowy nights and rowdy dynamite explosions to reduce avi danger. Read more about their journey to Argentina, including their sample of the “A Factor,” at http://blog.eddiebauer.com/2011/09/12/las-lenas—perfecto/ and watch the recap in the Expedition Rewind video below.

Five years ago we had a mission: draw on our brand’s heritage of technical innovation and alpine exploration to launch Eddie Bauer First Ascent and set a new standard for gear in the alpine realm. Five years after First Ascent launched, our record speaks volumes: 13 industry best-in-class awards, 53 pioneering testing expeditions, and a series of innovative technical gear that has enabled personal adventures, big and small, around the globe. For the next three weeks we’ll be profiling the First Ascent effort on Instagram, on the Live Your Adventure blog, at eddiebauer.com and with our YouTube playlist. Check back daily for guide-built, expedition tested and award winning product stories behind the making of First Ascent.

 

 

 

 

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