Eddie Bauer adventure travel guide Trevor Frost has crisscrossed the continents this year, but his stopover in Africa for a safari in the Serengeti ranks as one of his most memorable experiences of all time. “Writing from the edge of the Rift Valley,” reported Trevor after his trip tracking the largest mammal migration on earth. “I have a view of blue hills and farms in the valley below as I write this, and gelada monkeys are walking right behind me. Internet on my phone was supposed to work where I am, but it does not; however, I did manage to connect with a computer dongle.” So with glacial upload speed, Trevor sent us this post-safari report from Africa, his favorite continent.
When Eddie Bauer guide Caroline George suggested we take a look at her photos from the Pic de Bure, a classic and historic climbing objective in the Southern Alps, we were intrigued. “This route was put up by René Desmaison in 1961 , a legend of this time and all his routes are significant,” reported Caroline. “Back in the day, the gear wasn’t what he have today and it was a proud achievement to climb such a steep, difficult and loose rock face. At the time, rock climbing didn’t exceed 5.8-5.9 in Europe and people resorted to a lot of aid climbing. This route is sustained and difficult and the route finding can be tricky. It gets a lot of bad weather and cold temperatures, which add to the severity of the climb.” To us, it sounded like a great story to launch Rocktober on the Live Your Adventure blog.
We tracked the Destination Torngat kayak expedition—both literally and figuratively—through the remote reaches of Northern Labrador for six weeks this summer. Audio dispatches, field reports via sat uplink, coordinate updates from their DeLorme inReach device, and a steady stream of stunning images from one of the most remote places on earth. Ben Stookesberry, Chris Korbulic, and the crew are back home safely and reflecting on the epic after paddling an ancient canoe route down the George River, completing the second descent of the Ford River, ticking a no-portage descent of the 18 waterfalls of the Nachvak River, and surviving an expedition of a magnitude that trumps most we have seen.
Seth Waterfall has summited Everest three times. He’s also skied from the summits of Denali and Mount Waddington, and guided countless clients up Kilimanjaro, Denali, and Mt. Rainier, a peak he has summited 137 times by seven different routes. As the weather transitions from climbing to skiing season, and shoulder season training kicks into high gear, we asked Seth to provide us with his tips and perspective on mountain training.
As part of Eddie Bauer’s fall shoulder season campaign, we traveled to Park City, Utah, to experience the calm of a mountain town in a quieter time. Park City is famous in mountain circles. But more than the glitzy annual film fest and ski-area corporations wrestling over land-lease ownership, the town is newsworthy in our sphere for its extensive and publicly funded network of mountain bike trails. The first IMBA gold-level mountain biking destination in the world, Park City features lift-access freeriding at all three ski areas, community-built flow trails in Bob’s Basin, the public Trailside Bike Park, and more than 400 miles of buff public singletrack within easy striking distance of historic Main Street, with many trailheads accessible by public local transit. To get the full rundown and the firsthand experience, we connected with Scott House, co-founder of Mountain Biking Park City, for a day of riding and a recap on the trails of this world-renowned singletrack destination.
Editor’s Note: It’s been a painful week of tragedy and tribute, with the impact of the avalanche that claimed our guide team member Liz Daley in the mountains above El Chaltén, Argentina, still reverberating throughout our company and our community. Daley was traveling with teammates Drew Tabke, Chris Coulter, and Kent McBride, as well as photographer Chris Figenshau and filmmaker Nick Kalisz, who have remained in the area dealing with the aftermath, but are soon heading back home. The loss was felt deeply by many, but likely none more so than her fiancé, Davide, who asked us to share his remembrance to Liz, a heartfelt piece that was first published yesterday morning on Powder Magazine. Read his words below.
We are deeply saddened to report that yesterday, an avalanche in the Fitz Roy Massif region outside of El Chaltén, Argentina, took the life of Liz Daley, a member of our guide team.
Liz was on a ski mountaineering expedition with three other members of our snow sports team and two production crew members. The rest of the team is safe.
Liz was an accomplished splitboarder, alpine climber and mountain guide who was born and raised in Washington. She was a beloved member of our snow sports team and will be sorely missed by all those who knew her.