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Navigating the Wilderness as Refuge
Posted on August 4, 2016

The Northern Lights from the wilderness of Labrador during the Destination Torngat mission. Photo: Ben Marr

Wilderness, for all of us, is a refuge. In a world that constantly moves way too fast, it is the mountains, rivers and forests that provide us with the places we need to recharge. A slowly waking trout stream, a winding trail or a clean, undisturbed backcountry line—the moment we unplug and connect with those visceral experiences we find a consciousness of something very different from the swirl of the everyday. We don’t remember the meeting we had last Tuesday, but we live for the towering summit vista, the interaction in a foreign village or the weeklong trip immersed in the wilderness. We remember those moments like they were yesterday.

Words by Dan K, Images by Ben Marr and Lynsey Dyer

For active folks like us, who live for these places and endlessly plot our next adventure, we can never have enough of these moments. Our guides and athletes, well, they take it up a few levels in intensity. These are not only the places they work and train, but the locations that feed their souls—while showing others the way. They represent the pinnacle of what we would all do if we were a little more free, a little more fit and maybe a little more skilled. They are always at home in these places. Each time we publish one of their stories, it is with great respect and great admiration—but also with a hunger for the essence of their adventure.

For the past four-and-a-half years as the editor of the Live Your Adventure blog—and the past five as a writer and content editor for our brand—two quotes stared me at me each day from the wall of my desk as Mt. Rainier loomed out the back window. The first was from Eddie Bauer guide and UN ambassador Jake Norton, whose words reminded me to, “Focus on what is important in life, the fundamentals, for soon you’ll be back in the mountains.”

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Ed Viesturs Shares the Rewarding Toil of Climbing Washington’s Mt. Rainier with His Son
Posted on August 3, 2016

Ed and Gil Rainier's summit

Ed Viesturs has climbed Washington’s Mt. Rainier 216 times since he first cut his guiding teeth on the mountain. Each summer he returns to his roots, offering two guided climbs to anyone wanting to sign up. But this year was different. A last-minute cancellation by one of his clients allowed him to take his son Gil along, introducing him to the toil of a peak that has meant so much to Ed personally for so long.

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Chris Korbulic Ticks Remote Descent of the Napeequa Solo
Posted on August 2, 2016

Getting to the top of the pass was just physically demanding and highly exposed, but required no technical moves. At the top and down the other side there was little snow and I could take the trail most of the way down to the river. The view was surreal and the scale of the landscape I was entering became clear from the top.

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.

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Korbulic and Stookesberry Run a Trio of Cascade Classics
Posted on August 1, 2016

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.

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Hawaiian Island Adventure by Todd Moen
Posted on July 28, 2016

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. 

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50 Peaks Challenge—Episode 4—Montana to Wyoming
Posted on July 27, 2016

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

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Lel Tone Experiences the Aloha of Hawaii in an Undisclosed Island Paradise
Posted on July 26, 2016

A state of Aloha. P: Watt

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.

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