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.
Andrew Bennett has chased trophy fish around the globe with his fly rod in hand, so when he picked the easy access of an undisclosed Hawaiian location for his next bonefishing trip, we knew it would either be really, really good or really, really exotic. It turned out the trip and the location were a little bit of both. In his latest global fishing report, the Sport Shop guide reports from a prime Pacific fishery with a distinct cultural feel, where he saw the biggest bonefish of his life.
The 50 Peaks Challenge took the northeast by storm, ticking summits of Mt. Marcy, Mt. Mansfield and Mt. Washington in New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. After successful climbs in the Adirondacks, Green Mountains, the White Mountains and in Maine, the team stats hit a tally of 27 peaks with a grand total of 24,676 vertical feet in 16 days. They jumped back in the van and completed a long drive through Eastern Canada then landed in the Huron Mountains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In episode three we look back, tracking the travels and perspective of Melissa Arnot and Maddie Miller through this populated but mountainous state.
A few months back flyfishing guide and photographer Adrienne Comeau joined our team’s bonefishing trip to an undisclosed Hawaiian island. In addition to catching some powerful fish, she also captured a collection of stunning images of Eddie Bauer guides Lel Tone and Andrew Bennett in action. We picked 38 of our favorite Comeau images from the trip and asked her to provide the captions. Without giving too much away, we’re ready to jump a flight to the islands right now. —LYA Editor