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Eddie Bauer Adds Cory Richards and Ben Ditto to the Guide and Athlete Team
Posted on October 2, 2015


Today is a big day for our guide team, because we are officially announcing the addition of celebrated adventurers and expedition photographers Cory Richards and Ben Ditto to our world-class guide and athlete team. Both are visual storytellers recognized for elevating their love of adventure through their work behind the lens. Internationally renowned and respected, Richards was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012, while Ditto received mountaineering’s highest award, the Piolet d’Or in 2011.

Ditto nearing the crux on the first ascent of High Times (5.13b), his first new route in Yosemite. Photo: Owen Bissell

Photos by Ben Ditto, Cory Richards and Owen Bissell, Words by Molly McWhinnie

“Cory and Ben are phenomenal talents and natural additions to our guide and athlete team,” said Mike Egeck, chief executive officer of Eddie Bauer. “Their passion for the outdoors and ability to expand people’s perception of adventure through photography is what distinguishes them in the industry. We look forward to supporting them as modern-day adventurers and artists.”

Having traveled to the far reaches of the globe, Richards made a name for himself in 2011 when he climbed Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II, making him the first American to summit an 8,000-meter peak during winter. He would go on to create a documentary about his experience and take home the coveted Grand Prize at the 2011 Banff Mountain Film Festival for his film, “Cold.” Richards has since pursued a number of projects that continue to push him both physically and creatively, as he seeks to capture not only the soul of adventure and exploration, but also the beauty inherent in modern society. Today as a National Geographic photography fellow, Richards is a renowned photojournalist whose images are often featured in the esteemed periodical in addition to other media outlets around the world.



Ditto has climbed virgin walls and summits in remote areas across the world, from the Indian Himalayas to the Peruvian and Patagonian Andes. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Piolet d’Or for a climbing expedition that accessed previously unclimbed areas and established nine first ascents in Greenland. Due to the region’s unique topography, the rock faces were inaccessible by land, requiring the three-month expedition to be based entirely from a sailboat. Always in search of adventure, Ditto and his team returned in 2014 and established another 10 alpine style wall climbs along the East Coast of Baffin Island and West Coast of Greenland. His diverse skill-set makes him a key member of high-end alpine, ski, and rock expeditions. During the summers, he can be found in Yosemite Valley where he serves as the “climber in residence,” a position which allows him long periods of time in the legendary climbing venue.

Ben Ditto pitch 18 bivy on Fitzroy in Patagonia. Photo: Ditto


Richards and Ditto join an elite roster of guides and athletes for Eddie Bauer, who each bring the highest level of expertise and experience across a multitude of outdoor disciplines. Their portfolios are now featured on Eddie Bauer’s newly designed Guide and Athlete website,, which offers insights on each of the 34 team members along with powerful images and videos from their expeditions. Key members include climbers such as Ed Viesturs, Dave Hahn, Melissa Arnot, and Mason Earle.


Author: - Friday, October 2nd, 2015

  1. Michael Roys

    Congrats to all. Love the photography & writing of Richards. Can’t wait to read more about Ditto! Safe travels to all.

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