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Eddie Bauer Backs Midwest Forest Conservation Projects for Earth Week
Posted on April 15, 2015

Fading light in the northwoods of Superior National Forest, MN, which includes the one million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Photo: Sara Cady

American Forests and Eddie Bauer have partnered on forest conservation and restoration for more than two decades. Two of the biggest benefits of the 6.5 million-tree partnership are preserving opportunities for outdoor recreation and supporting ecosystem health. “When people use our public lands,” summarizes Jami Westerhold, senior director of forest restoration programs for American Forests, “they create a lasting bond to the land, which brings a sense of responsibility for the forests.”

All week we are announcing the 2015 projects we’ll fund with the contributions of our brand and our customers. And while few of our guides and athletes live in the Upper Midwest, many of our customers frequent the lakes, forests, streams, and ecosystems in the northern reaches of this beautiful part of the country. Outdoor recreation is deeply ingrained into people’s upbringing in this region. Three projects we’ve picked to highlight and back are focused on ecosystem health in those northern reaches, one in Wisconsin and two in Minnesota, one of which is specifically designed to benefit moose habitat. A gangly, beloved symbol of the northwoods, these great creatures are clearly in need of an assist. And who among us does not want to protect the Moose?

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Eddie Bauer Backs American Forests Conservation in the Southwest for Earth Day
Posted on April 14, 2015

Valles Caldera, NM, a protected, historic 89,000-acre ranch in the Jemez Mountains bathed in dramatic southwest light. Photo: Larry Lamsa

In anticipation of Earth Week, we are celebrating Eddie Bauer’s 20-year partnership with American Forests for the next seven days on the Live Your Adventure blog. In the past two decades, this partnership between our brand, our customers, and the longest-standing conservation nonprofit on American soil has resulted in the replanting of more than 6.5 million trees in 150 unique ecosystems. By any conservation measure, that is a lot of trees in a lot of stunning places.

For 2015, we’ve picked 18 primary American Forests reforestation and recovery projects in geographic locations that are near and dear to the hearts of our brand, as well as our team of guides and athletes. Today, we are revealing two we’ve selected in the Southwest. The first is a stunning location near the Taos, New Mexico, home of Eddie Bauer guide Dave Hahn, a famous resident of that state who guided the former governor of New Mexico up Mt. Everest. The second is a Utah expanse in close proximity to Mason Earle’s Moonlight Buttress mission, and not far from where he parks his Sprinter van in Moab, Utah, for months at a time to work on projects such as his recent Bartlett Wash climb.

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Eddie Bauer and American Forests Celebrate Twenty Years and 6.5 Million Trees of Forestry Restoration
Posted on April 13, 2015

Wildfire, both a destructive and positive force, in our natural landscape.

Next week is Earth Week. It’s an outgrowth of Earth Day, the April 22 holiday that celebrates the birth of the modern conservation movement, a cause worth celebrating for anyone who recreates in our mountains, on our waterways, and in our forests. At Eddie Bauer, it’s also our 20-year anniversary of a partnership with American Forests, a 140-year-old outfit focused on forest preservation that is the oldest nonprofit conservation organization on American soil.

During our two-decade partnership, our brand and our customers have funded the replanting of more than 6.5 million trees in 150 unique ecosystems through the American Forests Global ReLeaf initiative. Under this umbrella, we backed an urban forests initiative in ten major markets in 1999, distributed half a million seedlings to our customers in 2000, planted 9/11 memorial groves in 2002, helped launch the wildfire ReLeaf program, and introduced the bag offsetting and add a dollar, plant a tree programs.

Last year alone, the tree-planting total for the partnership was 258,399 for reforestation projects in 13 states, including the Lambert Run Reforestation in West Virginia, the Rio de las Vacas Riparian ReVegetation in New Mexico, the Mile and Mussigbrod Whitebark Pine Restorations in Montana, and the County Line Wildfire Reforestation in Florida. It’s an inspiring report card that emphasizes what a coordinated conservation effort between a brand, its customers, and a longstanding nonprofit can accomplish.

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The Best of the Mustang: A Gallery of a Mysterious Himalayan Region
Posted on April 10, 2015

Arnot and Jones making the final push to the first ascent of 20,600-foot Mustang Himal via the six hammers route.

All week long we’ve been tracing the story of Melissa Arnot and Ben Jones ticking a first ascent of 20,600-foot Mustang Himal in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. First we ran Melissa’s personal reflection on rediscovering a love for high-altitude climbing, then we published parts one, two and three of the Mustang Mystery video series profiling the team’s first ascent the 20,600-foot newly permitted peak. The story and the video series are both spectacular, but we’ve also been transported by Jon Mancuso’s images of the expedition. So for Friday visual inspiration, we’ve picked twenty of our favorite images of the climb and are letting them tell the story one last time.

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Mustang Mystery, Episode Three, Mustang Himal
Posted on April 9, 2015

Melissa Arnot, breathing slowly and methodically, moving up from high camp on the Mustang expedition.

To find a new perspective on high-altitude climbing, Eddie Bauer guide Melissa Arnot traveled to the beautiful Upper Mustang region of Nepal last fall in an effort to find and climb one of three newly permitted 20,000-foot peaks. With a different definition of success and incredible challenges of routefinding, Arnot, guide Ben Jones and filmer Jon Mancuso pioneered a new route on a self-supported mission aimed at a first ascent in previously unexplored Himalayan terrain. Two recon attempts and fifteen days of struggle later they became the first climbers to stand on the summit of 20,600-foot Mustang Himal, a first, first ascent for Arnot we profile in the conclusion of our Mustang Mystery series. —LYA Editor

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Mustang Mystery, Episode Two, Recon on Mansail Peak
Posted on April 8, 2015

Star shot at base camp below Mustang Himal and Mansail Peak.

Last fall, the Nepalese government granted climbing permit access to more than 300 unclimbed peaks that range from 5,800 to 7,900 meters. Melissa Arnot, co-founder of the Juniper Fund, journeyed to three of these peaks last fall hoping to rediscover her love for high-altitude climbing in the extremely remote Upper Mustang region of the Himalayas. Securing permits for three previously unclimbed peaks with limited beta and poor maps, Arnot tackled an exploratory, self-supported climb with guide Ben Jones and filmer Jon Mancuso. In part two of the Mustang Mystery series, we follow the climb from the tiny mountain outpost of ChungChung to Camp 2 en route to a recon on Mansail Peak.

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Mustang Mystery: Episode One, the Approach
Posted on April 7, 2015

Pokhara, Nepal with Fishtail Peak looming. The journey starts here.

After the tragic events on Everest last year, Melissa Arnot was feeling disillusioned about high-altitude climbing. Yet her love for Nepal, its people and its mountains remained strong. So, in the fall of 2104, Melissa Arnot traveled back to the tallest range in the world but changed course, journeying to three newly permitted 20,000-foot peaks in the Upper Mustang region with guide Ben Jones and filmer Jon Mancuso on a self-supported journey to see what they could climb. In part one of the Mustang Mystery series we follow this journey, starting with the long and tedious approach just to reach the base of Mansail, Mansail South and Mustang Himal. Yesterday we posted Melissa’s reflection on the journey, today is episode one of Mustang Mystery. -LYA Editor

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