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The Essence of Adventure in 2015; The Top Ten Videos
Posted on January 1, 2016

Ben Stookesberry, fully committed, in the heart of the Beriman Gorge. P: ReelWater

As we look back on the year in adventure in 2015, we’ve compiled your likes, shares and views to pick our top stories of 2015. But more than just words and pictures, the Live Your Adventure blog was also home to a succession of amazing video edits during 2015. As the year turns, we’ve picked our top ten videos through the same meticulous metric process——on both the Eddie Bauer YouTube and Eddie Bauer Vimeo channels—for you to watch again and enjoy as you are recovering from last night’s celebrations. So we encourage you to start off the New Year off with one hour, seventeen minutes and 31 seconds of cumulative visual inspiration that will ultimately inspire you to get off the couch and get after it this year. —LYA Editor

10) Destination: Colombia (Tie)

 

As the spring season heated up, climbers head south in search of new destinations to build their strength and stamina. One rising destination in the Southern Hemisphere is the La Mojarra climbing area on the Mesa de los Santos next to the Chicamocha Canyon National Park in Colombia.

Known for bullet-hard red sandstone, overhanging sport routes and surreal climbing above a picturesque valley, the zone has started drawing international climbers due to its growing reputation. Eddie Bauer climbers Mason Earle and Katie Lambert journeyed to the area, staying at the climber epicenter of Refugio La Roca and tested their spring skills by sampling the hardest routes in La Mojarra’s 5.8 to 5.14a range.

On down days, the team experienced the cultural travel aspects of a spot featuring stunning National Park vistas, thriving farmer’s markets and some of the best coffee in the world.

Read Katie Lambert’s blog post on Colombia at blog.eddiebauer.com/LaMojarra

10) Juniper Fund (Tie)

 

A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25th just northwest of the capital of Kathmandu with another 7.3 magnitude earthquake on May 12th. These were the worst events to strike the region in more than 80 years. After the quake The Juniper Fund—an organization co-founded by Eddie Bauer guides David Morton and Melissa Arnot—was faced with one of the biggest challenges in continuing their direct financial support for the families of the high-altitude workers killed in the tragedies of the past two years. Learn more about their mission and donate at thejuniperfund.org.

Read Juniper Fund executive director David Morton’s essay on the Juniper Fund at blog.eddiebauer.com/Juniper/

9) Skeena Dreaming

 

The Skeena River and its tributaries are a legendary destination for wild chinook and steelhead fly-fishing in northern British Columbia. The second-longest river system in BC, the undammed 350-mile Skeena is a life-list angling location due to its long, wild runs and productive fly fishing for all four native trophy species: chinook, steelhead, coho, and Dolly Varden. Eddie Bauer Sport Shop guides Andrew Bennett and Lucas St. Clair landed in Terrace, BC and the riverside Skeena Spey Lodge last spring to fish the legendary braided bigwater of this system via jet-boat-accessed wading.

Utilizing two-handed rods with locally designed flies and sink tips, they maintained mental focus during twelve-hour days in rough coastal weather fishing the Kalum—a lake-fed tributary of the Skeena. Eventually their patience and persistence paid off, with St. Clair landing a 12-pound wild steelhead on a black-and-blue intruder pattern tied the night before and named the Richard Sherman.

Read Andrew Bennett’s fishing report on the Skeena at blog.eddiebauer.com/SpeySkeena/

8) Kayaking Papua New Guinea

 

A huge high five goes out to Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic who were selected as National Geographic Adventurers of the Year—with whitewater partners Benny Marr and Pedro Oliva—for an expedition of magnitude that ticked the first descent of the Beriman Gorge in Papua New Guinea. The story, the film and the Red Bull Media House footage are absolutely, jaw-dropping incredible but the executive summary is a jungle heli-drop first descent of a class VII river of no return to the Salomon Sea.

The 13-day, 13-gorge first descent that could only be partially scouted by air placed them in harm’s way in the middle of one of the world’s most remote jungles. Red Bull Media captured the entire, epic undertaking and is working on a full-length feature about the mission—a project you can read more about at RedBull.com—but we’re sharing their teaser to celebrate the announcement.

View an exclusive first descent gallery from the Grand Canyon of the South Pacific at blog.eddiebauer.com/GrandSouth/

7) Mustang Mystery

 

After the tragic events on Everest last year, Melissa Arnot was feeling disillusioned about high-altitude climbing. Yet her love for Nepal, its people and its mountains remained strong. So, in the fall of 2104, Melissa Arnot traveled back to the tallest range in the world but changed course, journeying to three newly permitted 20,000-foot peaks in the Upper Mustang region with guide Ben Jones and filmer Jon Mancuso on a self-supported journey to see what they could climb. In part one of the Mustang Mystery series we follow this journey, starting with the long and tedious approach just to reach the base of Mansail, Mansail South and Mustang Himal.

Read Melissa Arnot’s trip report from the Mustang at blog.eddiebauer.com/mustang/

6) First Ascent of High Times in Tuolumne

 

First Ascent of High Times in Tuolumne from Eddie Bauer on Vimeo.

Eddie Bauer athlete and renowned climbing photographer Ben Ditto ticks the first ascent of High Times (5.13b), a steep, northeast-facing line on Drug Dome in Tuolumne Meadows. A longtime Yosemite local, Ditto ticked his initial first ascent on one of climbing’s holiest grounds as a means of finding motivation again after a period of social-media driven “living the dream” malaise. Owen Bissell captures the pitch-by-pitch essence of the ten-day, hand-drilled, four-pitch, free climbing rebirth in this stunning edit from the Sierra high ground.

Read Ben Ditto’s story about the first ascent of High Times at blog.eddiebauer.com/HighTimes/

5) Bugaboo Classics

 

The towering granite spires of the Bugaboos in the Purcell Range of Interior BC are legendary for classic big-wall climbs in a remote and stunning location. Known as one of the greatest alpine playgrounds in all of North America, Bugaboo Provincial Park holds a long list of classic climbs with deep history in the rock world. Eddie Bauer climbers Mason Earle and Erik Leidecker heli-dropped into the Bugs this past fall for climbs of the Beckey-Chouinard, the Kain Route and a probable FFA of the Gar Wall.

Read about Mason Earle on Hand of Zeus in the Bugs at blog.eddiebauer.com/bugs/

4) The Gondola Sessions II: Return to Rev

 

Building on the success of last year’s breakthrough performance, the second edition of the Gondola Sessions captures what it is like to share a gondola with one of the members of the Eddie Bauer ski and snowboard team. Filmed on location in the Revelstoke Mountain Resort Revelation Gondola—with additional action footage from Alaska, Japan and interior BC—Gondola Sessions II: Return to Rev asks the tough questions of pro skiers and shredders Lexi du Pont, KC Deane, Andy Mahre, Lynsey Dyer, Wyatt Caldwell and Seth Waterfall. The result is a conversational Q and A of their 2014-15 seasons—plus plenty of deep powder footage— for those who have not had the experience of scoring a lift ride with the members of this totally entertaining and fully charging crew.

Watch the Gondola Sessions with Andy Mahre at blog.eddiebauer.com/Gondi2Mahre/

3) Fly fishing with the Richard Sherman

 

The Skeena River and its tributaries are a legendary destination for wild chinook and steelhead fly-fishing in northern British Columbia. The second-longest river system in BC, the undammed 350-mile Skeena is a life-list angling location due to its long, wild runs and productive fly fishing for all four native trophy species: chinook, steelhead, coho, and Dolly Varden. Eddie Bauer Sport Shop guides Andrew Bennett and Lucas St. Clair landed in Terrace, BC and the riverside Skeena Spey Lodge last spring to fish the legendary braided bigwater of this system via jet-boat-accessed wading.

Utilizing two-handed rods with locally designed flies and sink tips, they maintained mental focus during twelve-hour days in rough coastal weather fishing the Kalum—a lake-fed tributary of the Skeena. Eventually their patience and persistence paid off, with St. Clair landing a 12-pound wild steelhead on a black-and-blue intruder pattern tied the night before and named the Richard Sherman.

Read about Wild Steelhead in the Skeena at blog.eddiebauer.com/WildSteelhead/

2) Inside Lines: Jackson with Lynsey Dyer

 

When skiers dream, they dream about places like Jackson Hole. An all-time bucket list destination due to its steep, burly terrain, open boundary policy, limitless backcountry and famous big red box, the skiing is as good as good gets. And beyond the massive vertical and freeride energy, Jackson, WY defines the stereotype of an iconic mountain town.

But Jackson Hole is far from a secret spot. Many words have been written and TGR-inspired films produced about this gravity-fueled nirvana, but like any mountain town, Jackson is best experienced through the lens of deeply rooted local. We got lucky in Jackson last winter, both because we landed during the biggest storm cycle of the season but, more importantly, because Eddie Bauer freeskier and creative force Lynsey Dyer offered to show us around. In the first installment of our new Inside Lines series, we are treated to Lynsey’s tour of the place and her take on what makes her hometown such an inspiring place to live, work and ski.

Watch Inside Lines at blog.eddiebauer.com/InsideLinesJH/

1) Freeing the Verdon Gorge

 

We sent Caroline George and Katie Lambert to a legendary climbing zone in Southern France where airy rappels and classic lines are the norm. In this transportive Cheyne Lempe and Ben Ditto video, Eddie Bauer free climbers Katie Lambert and Caroline George climb with pride in the visually stunning Verdon Gorge of southern France, where classily run-out, sandbagged and delicate routes recall an earlier pioneering era of airy sport climbing. The trip involved high-grade free climbing on Surveiller et Punir and Pichenibule that Lambert had envisioned since her early training days in the American deep south and one that forced Caroline George to face her alpinist’s fear of falling on the atmospheric rock routes that made the towering cliffs famous in international climbing circles. Put the headphones on and enjoy.

Read Caroline George’s report on facing fear in the Verdon at blog.eddiebauer.com/Verdon/

 

 

Author: - Friday, January 1st, 2016
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  1. Jan Gardner

    Stop with the mountain climbing. Need rain wear for around town, and loose a-line tops for zumba class.


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