When a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Nepal in late April, it was a tragedy of global and personal proportions. For many of us, viewing the images of death and destruction from afar was tough enough. But Eddie Bauer guide Dave Hahn was in his tent at Camp I on Mt. Everest when he felt the ground beneath him shaking with fury. Luckily, he survived. He and his team were evacuated to base camp by B3 helicopter, landing in a scene of incredible devastation. After a few weeks of decompression, we asked Hahn to recount and reflect on the disaster. This is his report.
Today, Glamour published the second installment of The Climb, profiling Eddie Bauer guide Melissa Arnot’s attempt to climb Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen. Her goal was to climb the world’s tallest peak for a record sixth time but 2015 would become another tragic season on Everest. Like most climbing plans, hers shifted after a tragic 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country of Nepal and triggered a devastating avalanche that decimated base camp . This second episode profiles her approach toward base camp and then how everything shifted after the earthquake.
Another season, another epic trip report from Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic. That is what we’ve grown to expect as our adventure kayak team targets some of the most remote whitewater rivers on the globe, then almost always returns with incredible tales of another first descent. They so rarely get shut down that it surprised us when the infamous Patagonian weather forced them to alter their objective on a recent Southern Hemisphere mission in Southern Chile. But the story—and the photos—are as mindblowing as always. And the result was a first descent of an entirely different objective. Of course.
The esteemed members of the Eddie Bauer guide team have had the honor of guiding some celebrated individuals over the years, from certified Hollywood stars and the publisher of Rolling Stone magazine to the NFL commissioner and the former governor of New Mexico. But the latest fly-fishing story from Sport Shop guide John Burrell clearly takes the prize. The tale starts with questions from the Secret Service and ends with a former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner nearly landing a prized brown trout at Tipiliuke Lodge in Argentina. But JB tells it better than we can.
Last week we ran our first report back from Eddie Bauer kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic from a mission that traveled more than 5,000 miles through South America to film and document a landmark whitewater kayaking expedition for ten episodes of Kaiak, the world’s only syndicated whitewater kayaking show. The first report was on the legendary waterfalls and dam politics of Southern Brazil, but the second installment in the series is a lookback at the legendary Patagonian whitewater they found further south at the Rio Diamante, the Futeleufú and the Rio Baker on their long road trip south. The images they brought back are stunning and this is their report.
Over the course of the last two months, Pedro Oliva, Chris Korbulic, and Ben Stookesberry traveled more than 5,000 miles through South America to film and document a landmark whitewater kayaking expedition. From the legendary waterfalls of southern Brazil, through the high Andes in Argentina, to the mighty rivers of Chilean Patagonia, their expedition was unlike anything else they’d ever attempted before. The mission was for ten episodes of their seventh season of Kaiak—the world’s only syndicated whitewater kayaking show—bringing them to a crazy expedition milestone of having completed over 100 episodes of the show since its inception in 2010. This is the first of three reports recapping their trip south from the waterfall nation of Brazil to the wild rivers of Patagonia.
Our Eddie Bauer adventure travel guide has found herself in some strange global situations. Her new book, Travel Junkie, A Badass Guide to Travel, chronicles the best of the best as a global backpacker. But for her new adventure dispatch column on the Eddie Bauer blog, we asked Dimon to recount the oddest moments and strangest cultural interactions she’s encountered—and this tale of living life as a monk in Korea ranks near the top of her list.