As ski season comes to a close we’re catching up on the rapid firehose of freeskiing content generated by our team in the month of April. From Revelstoke to Alaska, our team crushed the prime month of shooting season, so much so that we’re still catching our content breath. One of the best pieces that went live during that timeframe was Lynsey Dyer’s interview on the Low Pressure Podcast. Mark Warner of LPP, who joined our Ski Week team shoot up in Revelstoke last month, tells us it was one of his most listened-to podcasts of all time and we’re not surprised. Dyer is an incredibly creative character and a good soul with thoughtful ideas about both skiing and the wider world. On the drive north to Revelstoke the LYA blog shared a memorable, insightful road trip conversation with Dyer, who is one of the most multi-faceted skiers we know. Warner captured that vibe when he tracked Lynsey down in between her heli runs and her quick shuttle exit from Revelstoke to another professional commitment in Colorado. —LYA Editor
Last month, the Eddie Bauer content team and Eddie Bauer freeride team headed up to Revelstoke for our annual film and photo mission to interior BC and Scott Newsome’s Eagle Pass Heli. We’ve been to Revelstoke a few times before and the interior never seems to disappoint, but what was unique about this trip was having Mark Warner of the Low Pressure Podcast along to provide an inside perspective. Our team shoots and content missions are always a productive but intense experience, but getting an outside perspective on what we do provided a new window on our workdays. From heli days and hot springs missions to the cultural importance of Canadian ceasars, the LPP captured it all in soundbites from team members Lynsey Dyer, Andy Mahre, KC Deane, Lexi duPont and Wyatt Caldwell—and his dog Rupert—as well as from Eddie Bauer team manager Caley George. —LYA Editor
Podcast by Mark Warner, Images by Scott Rinckenberger
For eighteen consecutive seasons, Reggie Crist has made the long migration to Haines, Alaska to guide some of the biggest mountain ski terrain on the planet. This season the experienced Alaskan heli guide dialed it back a bit due an injury, yet still lined it up for four of his Eddie Bauer teammates to score some of the best Alaskan lines in more than a decade. Facing challenges such as weather, consequence and the mind-numbing downtime of waiting for blue sky in the coastal environment, the trip provided the opening for Lexi duPont, Andy Mahre, KC Deane and Lynsey Dyer to slay some world-class lines while learnng from one of the masters of Alaskan spines in the process.
As you may have heard via Instagram, the CBS Morning News or their live Snapchat coverage, Eddie Bauer climbers Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards are currently attempting Everest via the north side route without supplemental oxygen. It’s a massive objective—with only 3 percent of attempts without Os resulting in a successful summit—yet Ballinger and Richards have brought a different more approachable vibe to the experience via their good humor, unfiltered perspectives and new social media outlook.
Dave Hahn is a Taos local and a bit of a local legend. When we traveled to his hometown of Taos, New Mexico last fall to film our Insider’s Guide video series everyone in town seemed to know Hahn or know of Hahn. His picture graced the walls of fame at countless establishments and most locals we encountered seemed to have a Dave Hahn story. But in characteristic Dave Hahn style, the world-renown Everest guide was characteristically understated about his status. He even joked that folks would think he was on Everest or Denali, when he just cruised to Albuquerque for a few days. But rumor aside, Hahn was much more interested in showing us the town he called home and the people he shared it with—which is why we’ve received such an incredible response to the first two episodes of the guide. So in episode three of his Insider’s Guide, we share Hahn’s distinct perspective on a few more of the places that make this place so unique.
In celebration of the anniversary of Glacier National Park’s historical foundation on this date in 1910, we’re taking a mental break from reality with this stunning gallery and short backcountry report from Eddie Bauer contributor Elliott Woods. Of all the parks in the system, Glacier is a true gem with more than one million acres, two mountain ranges and 130 named lakes. It is also a direct Amtrak ride from our Seattle HQ, which makes it a convenient trip to a stunning location. After viewing this gallery, we’re ready to book our next trip.
All year we’ve been tracking Drew Tabke’s run on the Freeride World Tour. The two-time world champ overcame adversity, taxing travel and mountain weather to earn a spot in the Finals in Verbier with his third place finish in Haines, Alaska. But, unfortunately and anticlimactically, the men’s ski segment of the finals were called off due to weather with little fanfare. It was an odd end to his season on tour—especially after the live feed went black during the Haines event as well—but Tabke sent us his thoughts on what actually happened in Verbier and how it all went down.