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Expedition Rewind: Kyle Miller Slays the Washington Nines
Posted on November 25, 2014

Kyle Miller takes the slow boat to Holden on the Washington Nines Project p: Jason Hummel

We’re celebrating Five Years of First Ascent by remembering the top 10 (of 53) expeditions we’ve sent our team of guides out on in the past five years. Kyle Miller has a few in his bag that could have easily made our list. The first ever American Alps Traverse, the first split of the Pickett Range Traverse, shredding all the Coast Range volcanoes or any of his trips in British Columbia or New Zealand clearly rate high on the epic scale.  But it is his mission to slay the Washington Nines that we rate of his best of all time and one of our top 10 in the history of First Ascent. It was on this trip that Miller, in partnership with photographer Jason Hummel, became the first to shred the highest rideable lines on all ten of Washington State’s 9,000-foot, non-volcanic peaks during this expedition.

Kyle Miller on the Washington Nines project

This secret three-year project spanned the course of 30 days, 80,000 vertical feet, and 170 miles of tough approaches and descents that all pointed toward one heroic goal. “These mountains offer rugged terrain, long approaches, and enough of a challenge to keep you awake for months,” Kyle Miller later wrote, “With more glaciers in this stretch of rugged mountains than all the lower 48 combined, this mission was the most challenging of my life.”

Kyle Miller shredding the Douglas Glacier

Raging creek crossing, near-sea-level starts, and the notoriously fickle weather in the North Cascades made riding these remote, technical, exposed mountains one massive accomplishment. Read the entire story at —LYA Editor

Kyle Miller slaying the Washington Nines, one step at a time

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’ve be profiling the First Ascent effort on Instagram, on the Live Your Adventure blog, at and with our YouTube playlist. Today is our last day of the campaign and thanks to all who made it possible.

Author: - Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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