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Expedition Rewind: Destination Torngat in the Labrador Wilderness
Posted on November 19, 2014

Looking back upstream from the take out of the Nachvak River

As part of our Five Years of First Ascent celebration, we are revisiting the top 10 expeditions, out of 53 total, tackled by our guide team in the past five years. Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic have logged more than 60 first descents around the globe and each one of their expeditions has resonated with a high degree of remoteness and a high degree of difficulty. But the one that stands apart on the expedition-of-magnitude scale is this past summer’s mission to the remote reaches of Northern Labrador, to paddle the historic George River canoe route, tick the second descent of the Ford River and to claim the first no-portage descent of the 18 waterfalls of the Nachvak River.

Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic run waterfall number 7, of 18, on the first no-portage descent of the Nackvak River in Northern Labrador. Photo: Ben Marr

“We accessed one of the truly remote stretches of whitewater on earth,” Ben Stookesberry recounted, “We survived the most hellacious onslaught of flies and mosquitos. We treaded lightly in a land I hope will never bear the imprint of modernity. Most importantly, we did it as a team, one of the finest groups I have ever been a part of.” Deep into the polar bear entrenched wild, Stookesberry continued, “There are few rivers where you can paddle for three weeks without seeing any signs of civilization. The bears, caribou, falcons, river otters, beavers, and seagulls are all part of this vast wilderness only 1,000 miles north of New York City.”


In one of the most heavily documented First Ascent expeditions with DeLorme InReach and sat phone connectivity from the wilderness, the team captured the entire journey with audio dispatches via Soundcloud, expansive images, eight field reports written by Stookesberry and real time tracking of their progress via sat gram. It was indeed an epic worthy of the term. Read the first installment at or listen to the Soundcloud dispatches @eddiebauer on Soundcloud. —LYA Editor

Destination Torngat complete

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 month of November we’ll be profiling the First Ascent effort on Instagram, on the Live Your Adventure blog, at and with our YouTube playlist. Check back daily for guide-built, expedition tested and award winning product stories behind the making of First Ascent.

Author: - Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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