Northwest mountain icon Fred Beckey calls the Napeequa River Valley the most interesting valley of the Central Cascades. Flowing from the Butterfly Glacier in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, then exiting into the White River after crossing the White Mountains and Chiwawa Ridge, it is geologically unique, extremely remote, and accessed via passes that are collectively more than 6,000 feet high. It also is a river that had rarely, if ever, been run in a kayak—until Chris Korbulic got word of its existence. He originally had planned to run it with a partner, but when the plan became a much longer epic, Korbulic ran it solo—ticking a likely first descent of a legendary Northwest river. Not only did he accomplish the feat solo, but he also captured the images and the story to tell the tale. We’re running his images, context, and Ben Stookesberry’s report on the endeavor below.
Few of our guides or athletes get after it like expedition kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic. And that’s saying something with our roster of Everest alpinists, big wall first ascentsionists and big mountain skiers. But every story we get from the kayak crew is worthy of a long read and some serious headshaking—this one included. Taking advantage of a free trip to Eddie Bauer HQ, the pair skipped out early and made the absolute most of a free weekend in the Pacific Northwest—ticking off three serious Cascade Classics in a short 72 hours including the South Fork of the Snoqualmie, the top of the Tye and Icicle Creek.
It’s been Hawaii appreciation week for the past two weeks on the Live Your Adventure blog. We’ve already profiled the bonefishing paradise our Sport Shop guides found on this undisclosed Hawaiian Island, but it was also a destination ripe in adventure potential. So today, Todd Moen of Catch Magazine presents us with Eddie Bauer guide Lel Tone’s personal perspective on the aloha experience. With many guiding and fitness accolades to her credit, including a championship on Ultimate Survival Alaska and an award as one of the world’s ten best guides, we figured Tone would make the most of her first ever Hawaii trip. We were right.
As the Fifty Peaks Challenge races toward the finish, the team of Melissa Arnot and Maddie Miller attain two substantial high points in Montana and Idaho in the Northern Rockies. Yet as the mission rolls along, they also encounter logistical challenges as they get waylaid by mechanical issues and are required to re-route due to forest fires in Wyoming. Track their progress live and find out if they will reach their goal in record time at www.eddiebauer.com/50peaks.
Between guiding in Alaska, skiing in Switzerland, and paddleboarding in Baja, Eddie Bauer guide Lel Tone has ticked a ton of active, adventure travel miles. But until a few months back—when she joined fishing guides Andrew Bennett and Adrienne Comeau on a bonefishing and paddleboarding mission to an undisclosed location—she had never experienced the Hawaiian Islands. The culture, the vistas, the bonefishing and the chill, infectious aloha vibe she experienced set the hook and made the islands one of her new favorite destinations.
Each month we’ve been highlighting specific conservation projects we’ve backed with American Forests that focus on reforestation and recovery efforts as part of our greater One Tree Initiative. This month our focus is on the west coast, and Northern California specifically, which is the longtime stomping grounds of Eddie Bauer kayakers Chris Korbulic and Ben Stookesberry.
For the next two weeks, we’ll be profiling our Sport Shop trip to an undisclosed Hawaiian island, starting with the inspiring Adrienne Comeau gallery on Friday. It was an incredible trip stalking bones in a spectacular location and Todd Moen of Catch Magazine put together this edit to give us a visual on the trip.