We’ve been tracking the progress of Destination Torngat deep in Labrador’s wilderness for the past few weeks. So far, it’s been an epic kayaking tale of historical canoe routes, swarming mosquitoes, and long flatwater paddles in the remote Canadian wilderness destined to become Canada’s next national park. But the big news is that the team has reached the end of the George, swapped out Erik Boomer for Chris Korbulic on their roster, and headed further afield to tackle the rarely-run whitewater of these stunningly remote mountains. And they’ve added a serious deterrent capability for the polar bears. Yes, polar bears. Ben Stookesberry checked in with his update via satellite uplink and Delorme InReach, and this is his visual, audio and written report from the wilderness. —LYA Editor
When Eddie Bauer guide and Chamonix resident Caroline George headed for our summer guide meeting on America’s west coast she saw an opportunity. Rather than fly direct to Seattle only to land jetlagged in three days of product meetings, George extended her solo stay to include a pre-diversion to the towering granite faces of Squamish, BC. In typical CG form, she squeezed in a 3,000-vertical-foot hike/run up Sea to Sky trail, a morning BC-style yoga class, a crushing session at the Pet Wall and then—with friend and fellow guide Jasmin Caton—one of the first repeats of Written In Stone, a new 5.11d route on the Prow Wall—all before she dropped into our product meetings.
Eddie Bauer is pleased to announce the addition of hard-charging splitboarder, alpine climber, and mountain guide Liz Daley to our guide and athlete team. Born and raised in Washington, Daley launched into the backcountry on the proving ground of Mt. Baker’s Shuksan Arm, then migrated to Chamonix, where she learned to master steep, technical descents during six consecutive winters in residence.
One day after our last Destination Torngat update, we heard from Ben Stookesberry again—at latitude 57deg 10min—this time with an update of the team’s contact with a geological survey crew, a slow 7KB-per-second sat-uplink upload of new images and a report of their progress down the might George River in the wilderness of Labrador. For those of you who missed our first report or our audio dispatch upload, the longboat kayak trip is a two-month expedition kayaking mission deep into the Torngat Mountains of Canada’s Labrador region through a rarely visited 10,000-square-kilometer national park to the iceberg-choked waters of the Labrador Sea. It’s been an epic so far, but tracking their progress via sat uplink and DeLorme InReach has added an entire new level to armchair adventuring. Check out Ben’s update, their current GPS location and their multi-media uploads below. —LYA Editor
A few months back we ran the story of the Eddie Bauer-outfitted Nobody’s River expedition to the Amur and Onon through Siberia and Mongolia. It was an inspiring story, written powerfully by Amber Valenti, but the recently completed film by the ladies is even better. It’s already picked up the Spirit of Adventure award at the 5Point film festival and made the rounds at Mountainfilm.
We kicked off our blog coverage of Destination Torngat—a two-month expedition kayaking mission deep into the Torngat Mountains of Canada’s Labrador region through a rarely visited 10,000-square-kilometer national park to the iceberg-choked waters of the Labrador Sea—last week on the Live Your Adventure blog. Since then Stookesberry and crew have launched deep into the wilderness from the Shefferville train stop, paddling and portaging hundreds of mosquito-infested and black-fly-swarming miles to the George River while making record-setting progress in their longboats with the help of some tailwinds. Upon their last July 29th update via their DeLorme InReach device, they were 100 miles from the first main objective of completing the George. As we mentioned earlier, part of the excitement of this trip was tracking their progress on a specific expedition tracking page, which we’ve linked below, and the fact that they’ve compiled sat-uplink audio dispatches from the wilderness. Follow along below via Soundcloud or press the play button on each dispatch below to hear Ben’s reports from the field. —LYA Editor
With all the expeditions our guides have tackled in the past five years, one of the most critical, and overlooked, parts of the journey is hauling all the gear to some of the most remote corners of the globe. But from our early First Ascent expeditions to Aconcagua and Antarctica to our Everest West Ridge expedition in 2012, the Maximus Duffel has hauled the gear and handled a heavy load. Everest, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Carstensz Pyramid, Alpamayo, Aconcagua. Haines, Las Lenas, Revelstoke, Bariloche, Portillo, Chamonix and Iceland, on multiple occaisions. Mt. Waddington. The full Freeride World Tour and the Skier’s Cup in Switzerland. The Heroes Project missions to all seven summits and the Nobody’s River journey through Siberia and Mongolia.